North West – Molopo Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Breeding pairs of Bateleur, Tawny and Martial Eagle have all been observed on Molopo. White-backed Vulture is also common and Lappet-faced Vulture is frequently observed.
Moplop gives access to a suite of dry acacia-associated birds and in years of higher rainfall this is bolstered by incredible bird numbers.
About the Birding Site
Several of the reserves in the extreme western parts of the province are ideal for the more intrepid birder. One such spot is the 24 000 hectare Molopo Nature Reserve which comprises scenic Kalahari Desert topography with undulating grass and thornveld dunes. Over 150 bird species have been recorded on the reserve, many being sought-after species for keen birders. Owing to its location one can always expect the unexpected…
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The reserve is located against the Botswana border in the far west of the province, 250 km north of Vryburg and 7 km west of the settlement of Vorstershoop.
Both day and night drives in the reserve are permitted with the permission of the reserve authorities. A number of artificial waterholes have been constructed. The network of tracks through the reserve are suitable for 4×4 (and 4×2 with diff lock) vehicles only.