Tshwane and Environs – Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
About the Birding
After entering the reserve through the gate turn left at the sign “Zeekoeigat”. After about 2km you will reach the Zeekoeigat complex. Enter here and continue till you see the “Bird Hide” sign and follow the track to the bird hide. At the bird hide a nice variety of water birds can be seen namely Grey Heron, African Sacred Ibis, White-faced Duck, Glossy Ibis, African Darter, Striated Heron, Little Egret, and occasionally Black Heron.
About the Birding Site
This extremely popular 795 ha reserve consists of a mix of open savannah, grassland, dense savannah woodland as well as the Roodeplaatdam. During a morning’s birding you can expect to see a nice variety of water and terrestrial birds. About 80-100 species can be recorded in a few hours’ birding. You can drive through the reserve using a number of roads (most of them good enough for a sedan car) or you can walk the trail that runs through the reserve. The reserve has a number of well-maintained and strategically well-placed hides.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Both the nature reserve and the boating sides of the reserve are productive for birding, although the nature reserve side is most certainly the more productive between the two (directions below). Often the angling and boating side becomes exceptionally busy, and so naturally birding is a lot more productive where it is a lot quieter. There are ablution facilities and picnic facilities available.