Northern Escarpment – Woodbush Forest Drive
About the Birding
The spectacular Woodbush Forest is arguably one of the best forest birding sites in Limpopo, if not the entire country. These forests play host to several species that are not easily seen elsewhere in South Africa, top among them the Black-fronted Bush Shrike and Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon. Other notable species that occur include the endangered Cape Parrot, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, skulking Barratt’s Warbler, Orange Ground Thrush, African Emerald Cuckoo (summer), Green Twinspot, Grey Cuckooshrike, and Narina Trogon.
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
The best area to explore is between the Woodbush Hut, down past Debengeni Falls (treated separately) to the bottom of the gorge. This route will take a minimum of 1 hour but at least 3 hours are recommended in the early mornings to maximise your chances of seeing the top specials. A vehicle with decent ground clearance is necessary as the road conditions are often poor and can be extremely slippery, especially after rains.