Polokwane Bird Sanctuary
About the Birding
The Polokwane Bird Sanctuary is a small oasis, situated just to the north of the city of Polokwane. The reserve holds three large settling dams surrounded by dense reed beds and riverine thickets. Further from the water, one can easily access small patches of grassland and Acacia thornveld. The sanctuary boasts a list of over 320 species and is easily traversable using a good network of footpaths. Allow three to four hours of birding to maximise your chances of finding the top specials in each habitat.
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.
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Access and facilities:
The reserve is easily traversable using a detailed network of footpaths. Other facilities include bird hides, picnic and braai facilities, and a small kiosk selling refreshments. A nominal entrance fee is payable (R12 per person and R15 per vehicle) and the sanctuary is open from 07:00 to 18:00 daily. Maps are also available at the entrance.
The sanctuary is situated just outside town on the R521 (to Dendron). The turn-off is on the right-hand side just after crossing the Sand River and is diagonal across from a filling station.