The Lowveld – Mafefe 4×4 Trail / Orie Baragwanath Pass
About the Birding
This 45km route descends the Drakensberg Mountains following the Magabane River and starting at Mafefe about 60km south of Polokwane. The route ends at Ofcolaco after travelling through the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve. The road is a 4×4 track for about 15km that takes you through riverine habitat offering a variety of bushveld birds, as well as chances for Cape Vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle and Rock Kestrel.
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.
Other Related Information
From Polokwane take the R37 south, after about 67km turn left to Mafefe. Once in the village of Mafefe, after about 40km, follow the road straight and follow the river, this will take you onto the Orie Baragwanath pass. A high clearance vehicle is needed, but you are advised to enquire about the road conditions after heavy rain.