Northern Escarpment – Louis Changuion Trail & Haenertsburg grasslands
About the Birding
This scenic trail starts in the village of Haenertsburg and winds through 200 ha of protected afro-montane grasslands with forest patches situated above the village.
The whole trail is 10km but various parts of the trail can be done separately depending on your fitness level and enthusiasm. It is one of the most easily-accessible pieces of this rare habitat left in the area.
About the Birding Site
The Capricorn-Letaba birding route stretches from the city of Polokwane in the west to the Great Letaba River beyond the Letsitele valley in the east. The route runs just a few degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn, mainly along the R71 road which links the towns of Polokwane, Haenertsburg, Tzaneen and Gravelotte.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The trail starts at the Haenertsburg Village Hall (on the main road) –follow the yellow markers or the map that is available at The Elms restaurant (Tel: +27 (0)15 276 4712). For the less energetic, a drive up to the village cemetery (surely the most scenic in the country) will take you into the centre of the grassland. Ask at the Tourism office or any of the businesses in the village how to get there. While in the village, visit the Termite House which displays grassland habitats and acts as an environmental education centre.