The Lowveld – Hans Merensky Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Located roughly 70Km north-east of Tzaneen, the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve offers a rich mixture of mature bushveld and mopane birding. One is able to bird on foot in this reserve, adding the chances of finding some of the sought-after species in the woodland areas. The reserve is also bounded to the north by a 10km stretch of the Letaba River adding additional interest to the reserve. The birdlife is rich throughout with the reserve playing host to at least 250 species.
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:
A nominal entrance fee is charged and the reserve is easily traversable using a circular drive that covers all key habitats. There is good camping and chalet accommodation at the Eiland Holiday Resort, located adjacent to the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, with a rustic trail camp within the reserve itself. For more information, please contact the resort using the details listed below.
From Polokwane, take the R71 east to Tzaneen and continue through towards Letsitele. After 31km, turn to the left and only the R529. Continue for 37km to reach the reserve.