North West – Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve
About the Birding
We begin at the entrance gate to the Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve, which sits below the imposing dam wall. After paying your entrance fee, the gravel road progresses through some productive woodland – a mix of large acacia trees and some denser riverine woodland vegetation at the base of the dam wall. Don’t be in a hurry to move through this area, as birding is often great, and you can find many species here.
About the Birding Site
This 3996ha nature reserve lies adjacent to the large Vaalkop Dam, some 50km north of Brits. The vegetation is generally typical bushveld consisting of mixed Acacia thornveld and broad-leafed woodland with all the associated bird species, and an added bonus of the dam for waterbirds and waders. The Elands River provides a different suite of birds, as do the neighbouring Magalies Water settling ponds and the many agricultural fields in the area.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The reserve entrance gate is located here: 25°18’33.0″S 27°28’57.5″E, or -25.309154, 27.482643.
Adults R30.00 per person
Children (2 to 12 years) R20.00 per child
Pensioners R20.00 per person
Angling R15.00 per angler