The Lowveld – Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve is located on the escarpment of the Drakensberg, between Tzaneen and the Able Erasmus pass. Key habitats include spectacular forests and rolling grasslands. There are historical records of Blue Swallows in the grassland, and this is a good site to see Black Saw-wing and other montane grassland species like the Wing-snapping, Croaking and Wailing Cisticola, Denham’s Bustard, Cape Rock-Thrush, Buff-Streaked Chat, Fan-tailed Grassbird, and Malachite Sunbird. Flowering proteas at high altitudes attract the low-density Gurney’s Sugarbird.
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 features a simple picnic area and several short hiking trails. A well-paved road winds up onto the plateau offering easy access to the high altitude grassland.
From Tzaneen, head southeast on the R36 towards Hoedspruit. The turnoff to Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve is to the right about 40km from Tzaneen.