North West – Vryburg-Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve

About the Birding

180 bird species have been recorded for the area which includes the nearby Vryburg town. Red-faced Mousebird, Groundscraper Thrush, Orange River White-eye, Fiscal Flycatcher, Acacia Pied Barbet and African red-eyed Bulbul are all common. In the reserve, the habitat mix is perfect for the likes of Northern Black Korhaan, Scaly-feathered Finch (Weaver), Kalahari Scrub-robin, Yellow Canary, Marico Sunbird, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler (Warbler), Black-throated Canary, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Gabar Goshawk, Long-tailed Paradise Whydah, Namaqua Dove and Blue Waxbill.

The reserve also a wide variety of mammal species including Black Wildebeest, Cape Mountain Zebra, Burchell’s Zebra, Giraffe, Springbok, Eland, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Blesbok, Waterbuck, Cape Buffalo and Common Duiker.

Key species:

Northern Black Korhaan, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Yellow Canary, Marico Sunbird, White-backed Mousebird, Black-chested Prinia, Red-headed Finch, Fiscal Flycatcher, Karoo Thrush

About the Birding Site

The 2000 hectare Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve lies close to the town of Vryburg, about 150 km southwest of Mafikeng. The Vryburg area is a flat plateau of open grasslands interspersed with acacia trees and dense bush thickets.

Key species:

Northern Black Korhaan, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Yellow Canary, Marico Sunbird, White-backed Mousebird, Black-chested Prinia, Red-headed Finch, Fiscal Flycatcher, Karoo Thrush

Other Related Information

Access and facilities:
GPS co-ordinates: 26°56’08.8″S 24°41’24.3″E

There are two entrances to the reserve: one is on Molopo Road, about 5 km from the centre of Vryburg, and the other is 2 km along the Kuruman road. A map at each entrance shows the layout of roads within the reserve. There are two internal routes – one of 12 km and the other of 26 kilometres. A number of hiking trails have been established by the Vryburg Municipality in the reserve.

An entrance fee is payable.

Other related information:

Recommended accommodation nearby:
There are no BirdLife Recommended Accommodations in the area.

Various accommodation options (including B&Bs and self-catering) are available in/around Vryburg.

Game View Lodge overlooks Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve and comes highly recommended:
http://gameviewlodge.co.za/

Local guide information:
No BirdLife Recommended Tour Operators or local guides are currently available in the area.

Text prepared by:
Martin Benadie | Specialist Birding Guide

Key species:

Northern Black Korhaan, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Yellow Canary, Marico Sunbird, White-backed Mousebird, Black-chested Prinia, Red-headed Finch, Fiscal Flycatcher, Karoo Thrush

Contact details:

Vryburg Municipality (Naledi Local Municipality)
Tel: +27 (0)53 928 2200

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