Phalaborwa – Grietjie Private Nature Reserve and Vulture Restaurant
About the Birding
Located roughly 20km to the south of Phalaborwa, the Grietjie Private Nature Reserve in the northern section of the Balule Concession. The reserve encompasses some 2800ha including 6km of river frontage along the perennial Olifants River. The removal of the boundary fence with Kruger National park has also led to the subsequent influx of wildlife into the Grietjie Private Nature Reserve. The reserve encompasses stunning landscapes boasting rocky outcrops, plains, and extensive savannahs and riverine bush. Some 280 species are known to occur including the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl.
About the Birding Site
The majority of birders actively plan birding trips to areas where they can either see a large number of birds in a short space of time or around rarities/localized species that would not easily be seen elsewhere. The Kruger to Canyons Birding Route offers both these highlights and a captivating wildlife experience to visiting birders.
Other Related Information
Travel south from Phalaborwa on the R40 towards Hoedspruit. After approximately 20 km take the Grietjie turn off onto a gravel road and travel until you hit the Grietjie Private Nature Reserve main entrance gate. Once inside, continue straight and across the four-way stop. Continue straight and take note as the Vulture Restaurant sign will be on your right-hand side.