Polokwane – Thabaphashwa Mountain Sanctuary
About the Birding
The Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary is located on a working Nguni-stud farm, situated in a unique mountain range between Polokwane and Mokopane. The 2000ha farm is dominated by huge granite outcrops and, while the farm is not especially well-known for birding, it provides easy access to a range of habitats and over 177 bird species have been recorded on the property. Habitats include a combination of thornveld and broad-leafed woodland as well as riverine areas along a couple of small streams that run through the farm.
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:
Thabaphaswa offers hiking, mountain biking, 4×4, rock climbing, abseiling, birding, tree spotting, swimming and fishing. The reserve is located at the fork of the two main national routes the N1 and the N11 – 18 km North of Mokopane in the Limpopo Province. Thabaphaswa is therefore the ideal stopover for tourists to or from the North such as the Kruger Park and Mapungubwe, as well as countries such as Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.