North West – OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary
About the Birding
OPM Prozesky provides relaxed birding on foot. Paths lead to different birding spots and two hides.
Many species of waterbirds can be observed, often at close quarters. Interesting birds almost always seen include African (Purple) Swamphen, Black Crake, Black-winged Stilt and Goliath Heron. In the reed beds different warblers can be heard, weavers are prolific in summer and in the grassveld waxbills, Zitting Cisticola, African Pipit, Cape Longclaw and African Stonechat can be seen.
About the Birding Site
This 72-hectare bird sanctuary was established in the 1980s and is situated in Potchefstroom. The bird sanctuary is named after the well-known ornithologist, Dr O.P.M Prozesky of the Transvaal Museum who championed its establishment. About 200 species have been recorded over the years and it is a haven for waterbirds in particular.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
OPM Prozesky lies just south of Potchefstroom along the banks of the Mooi River: 26°44’51.2″S 27°05’46.8″E
Visitors can enter the reserve during daylight hours, no permit is needed and no entrance fee is levied.
**OPM Prozesky: Due to a lack of maintenance, a lot of the trails and roads are overgrown, so is most of the viewpoints to the pans. Safety might be a concern and some of the hides are used at night as shelters. Birding from a vehicle is therefore recommended.