Western Limpopo Valley – Ratho Bush Camps
About the Birding
Ratho is located on the banks of the Limpopo River just west of Pont Drift. The stand of large Nyalaberry trees at the homestead is the most reliable stakeout for Pel’s Fishing Owl in the region. The farm has vast tracts of open bushveld and sandstone hills at the Vulture restaurant. The vulture restaurant regularly attracts the Lappet-faced, White-backed and Cape Vultures while the Hooded and White-headed Vultures are only irregularly encountered.
Around the irrigated fields, look out for Montagu’s Harrier (summer) and both the Grey-backed and Chestnut-backed Sparrowlarks. Ratho is well positioned for day visits to the new Mapungubwe National Park, The Den Staat Wetlands and to the Tuli Block in Botswana.
About the Birding Site
Accommodation at Ratho Bush Camps consists of one tented camp and two camp sites. The tented camp is on the banks of the Limpopo River. It has a fully equipped kitchen with electricity, hot water and ablution facilities. Meals can be provided on request. Mopane Camp is up in the hills and has wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. This camp site is equipped with drinking water and ablution facilities. Ana Boom camp site is in the Limpopo River and you should come fully equipped. For more information or to make a reservation, please consult the website listed below.
A guided visit to the Rakwena Crocodile Farm can be arranged to see, close up, hatchling & adult crocodiles.
Other Related Information
For more information, please contact:
Tel: +27(0)82 448 7998
Text prepared by:
Daniel Danckwerts (Rockjumper Birding Tours)