Birding Accommodation in Southern Africa

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THE BLADES is an exclusive hotel situated on a 10 hectre expanse of untamed Bushveld. Built on the banks of the Roodeplaat dam, we offer a unique combination of indigenous vegetation, landscaping and water-front luxury. The Blades is conveniently situated just 20 minutes from Pretoria and OR Thambo International and 45 minutes from Johannesburg, making it an accessible destination to both local and international guests.

The Blades offers two distinct birding habitats; River and Riverine Vegetation and Mixed Acacia Woodland.

Birds associated with rivers, riverine vegetation and open water include cormorants, ducks, coots, kingfishers, herons and occasionally fish eagles. Bishops, weavers, cisticolas and warblers breed in the reeds and semi aquatic vegetation. The proximity to the dam offers a sanctuary for birds that feed on fish, frogs and crabs such as Hadeda, Herons and Hamerkop.

The mixed acacia woodland attracts a great variety of arboreal passerines like drongos, warblers, flycatchers, shrikes, sunbirds, waxbills and weavers as well as arboreal non-passerines like doves, cukoos and woodpeckers.

The Blades encourages bird watchers to take in the tranquillity of our indigenous surroundings and identify the large variety of bird life on offer.



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