South-eastern Wetlands and Grasslands – Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Taking the one-way circular drive is the best way to cover a variety of habitats. This is a good reserve for highveld species such as Red-collared Widowbird and Yellow Bishop. Larks which occur include Spike-heeled, Red-capped, and Eastern Long-billed, whilst Pipits include African, Long-billed, and Plain-backed. The paved walk behind the information centre may yield Sentinel Rock-Thrush (winter), Red-throated Wryneck, African Red-eyed Bulbul and Bokmakierie.
About the Birding Site
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is approximately 13 337 ha in extent and is at an altitude of between 1 545 and 1 917 metres above sea level. The reserve is accessed by a 67 kilometre circular tarred road and there are various walks available ranging from the short paved walkway at the back of the Interpretive Centre to the 10km and 11.5km Bokmakierie hiking trails.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The reserve is extremely popular amongst cyclists and so it is advised for birders to visit during the week so as to not have to worry about the increased traffic and added noises, especially if they are wanting to solely bird the circular route. There are ablution facilities at the main offices once entering, and also at the picnic site (covid restrictions-dependant).