Birding Accommodation in Southern Africa

WesternCape, EasternCape, NorthernCape, KwazuluNatal, Gauteng, Limpopo Province, NorthWest, Mpumalanga, FreeState

Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zambia

Establishments with a particular interest in accommodating birders are invited to submit details for inclusion.

Limpopo Province

Zaagkuilsdrift Bird Sanctuary

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Zaagkuilsdrift Bird Sanctuary is now officially opened We have the following opening specials

- Fully catered accommodation (R950 pppn Sharing – breakfast, lunch and Supper included, children under 12 half price)
- Walking Trails
- Driving Trails
- Day visitors R150 pp – Restaurant available
- Tour groups with own guide welcome

For bookings contact or or 0716871559.


The splendour of the African bushveld and its mystical setting against the Klein Drakensberg as a backdrop, enfolds GeM Bateleur Lodge, making it the perfect base from which to experience exquisite bush life.

The living area, opening onto a patio with quaint swimming pool and braai area, consists of a lounge with full DsTV, dining room, kitchen and scullery. The spacious lodge, with four double bedrooms (twin- or king beds), bathrooms and a lovely outdoors loft bedroom (mosquito-netted), is air conditioned and elegantly furnished. Experience the awakening of the bush with bird song under a refreshing outdoors shower.

This is a private lodge, equally suitable for a couple or for groups of friends, family or colleagues and can accommodate up to 10 people. It can therefore cater for small conferences or get-togethers. Because this facility is very well equipped it is often used as the gathering place for larger groups (up to 30 people) in which case accommodation can be arranged within walking distance in the estate. Larger conferences facilities are also available in the estate.

The lodge is daily serviced and well maintained. A washing service is available. Breakfast can also be pre-arranged.

There are a number of wildlife, excluding the Big 5, to be seen in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Warthog and a variety of game are amongst the many other wildlife species that leisurely co-exist here, and several waterholes with hides provide a window from where visitors can observe the activities of birds and wildlife.

Hoedspruit boasts a vast range of game reserves, safari drives, birdlife routes and many other attractions. Some of these attractions include the Kapama Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Moholoholo Rehab Centre etc. The Kruger National Park, Africa’s biggest game reserve, is situated a mere 75 km from Hoedspruit.

This is a birding paradise and game viewing can be done on your own. 400 to 500 bird species are found in the area. Birding excursions, to suit your level of interest and experience in birding, can be arranged with a local birding guide - on the estate or to other areas. Guided safaris to Kruger National Park, Mariepskop, Sekororo, Blyde river and more. This is called the Kruger 2 Canyon Birding Route and includes three vegetative biomes namely Montane Grassland, Afro-montane Forest, Savanna and a fascinating vegetation unit of Northern Escarpment Afromontane Fynbos with strong links to that of the Fynbos Biome which is restricted to the Western Cape - an unforgettable and educational experience for children, adults and . Be restored and refreshed by the ambiance of luxury and excellent service.

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)82 322 3499

Hanlina Lodage Hanlina Lodage

HANLIN LODGE Situated amongst lush Bushveld in the Waterberg area, Hanlin Lodge was established to give visitors who enjoy nature the opportunity to relax in comfort in Bushveld surroundings. Our core concept is to offer guests the opportunity to take that much needed break from the hectic demands of today’s lifestyle. We offer you a place to give your overloaded senses a break, where you can still see sunrises, sunsets and stars.

During the hot summer days guests can relax in or next to the swimming pool. The variety of game (impala, giraffe, red hartebeest, zebra, blesbuck and warthog) and more than 155 recorded bird species ensures a pleasant walk or game drive on the farm. Visitors are welcome to bring mountain bikes for the sandy roads and even canoes to play on the dam. There are three Chalets and a Honeymoon suite on the edge of the dam. Each chalet can accommodate 6 people in two comfortable air-conditioned rooms and a double pull-out divan in the living room and has two bathrooms. Each has its own braai area.

Contact Information:
Tel: +27 14 7920785
Cell: + 27 082 901 9769
Hanlina Lodage
Hanlina Lodage

MOHLABETSI SAFARI LODGE is perfectly positioned in the heart of the lowveld, acting as a base to explore the Kruger National Park. Guests are accommodated in en-suite rondawels with an Afro-ethnic theme. The area has an abundance of birdlife including specials such as Redbilled Helmetshrike, Stierling's Barred Warbler and Bronzewinged Courser. Birders are especially catered for, and small groups may book out the whole camp for the weekend. Other activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles and  guided walks. Meals are served in a reed boma. Tel/Fax: (015) 793 2166, E-mail: and

ZWAHILI PRIVATE GAME LODGE. This exclusive private game lodge is situated 2 hours North of Johannesburg in a malaria free area, located in close proximity to the Nylsvley Nature Reserve. Embrace a true African experience; 4 luxury rooms and 4 tented camps. Game viewing by an experienced ranger in an open Safari Landrover offering sightings of kudu, giraffe, blue wildebeest, zebra, caracal, blesbuck and numerous others. A maximum of 16 guests are accommodated thereby ensuring a personal and tranquil experience further enhanced by excellent cuisine. Bird watching, with over 300 species, includes sightings such as lizzard buzzard and brown snake eagle. Facilities include silhouette shooting, archery, star-gazing, guided bush walks, swimming pool and conference facility. Reservations Tel :+27 (0) 12 653 4340 Fax: :+27 (0) 12 653 4340 e-mail: website:

BOEKENHOUT GUEST FARM is situated next to Nylsvlei Nature Reserve and is less than two hours drive from Gauteng. This is a malaria free area and is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 400 species recorded. We provide you with transport, a birdwatcher's early bird breakfast basket, a picnic as well as a night drive on a vintage truck through the reserve. You can also arrange to go cycling through Nylsvley Nature Reserve. The accommodation varies from a selection of cottages & chalets to very luxurious houses. If staying outdoors in a tent appeals to you, we will be pleased to assist you. Each room has all the facilities needed for a private and comfortable stay. Your stay with us will include three meals per day, served by candlelight in the garden or next to the fireplace in our lappa

KAOXA BUSH CAMP - Self catering accommodation for birders.

Come and immerse yourself in the diverse Limpopo landscape.

Our bird count is over 300 species if you include the dense Limpopo riverine forest which is only six km away.We are next to Mapungubwe National Park and 4 x 4 is not needed.

There are 6 double rooms(3 thatch cottages and 3 safari tents) each with en-suite and veranda.

A fully equipped kitchen with fridges and a communal dining area and braai, compliment the picturesque camp.

There is a pool to cool off in the heat of the day too.

This is a true wilderness and apart from the great birdlife, elephant and other mammals may also be seen.Our prices are the lowest in the valley for comparable accommodation, please visit our website email:

Weekends (excl., pay 1night and get 1 free.

16th Dec. 3 nights for the price of 2.

Christmas special (23rd Dec to 2nd Jan) 3 nights for the price of 2.

Moholoholo nestles on the slopes of the 1,944 metres high Mariepskop, one of the highest peaks of the Drakensberg range in this area. This affords a breathtaking view of the towering mountains and vertical cliffs on one side and the rolling Eastern Transvaal Lowveld savanna towards Kruger Park on the other. Visitors to Moholoholo can experience both Lowveld woodland as well as indigenous mountainous rain forest without leaving the Game Farm.

The Forest Camp comprises of 10 secluded chalets each with an en suite.The main building is where the dining room and deck are situated. The deck overlooks a small shady waterhole under a canopy of large trees where Nyala and Bushbuck come to quench their thirst together with Samango monkeys under the watchful eyes of birds such as Green Twin spots, Paradise Fly Catchers and Pygmy Kingfishers. The waterhole is floodlit at night and visited by nocturnal animals such as Bushpig, Civet and Porcupine.

Our host and hostess’s sincere hospitality makes any visitor feel at home and “part of the family” within minutes after arriving. The lovely setting of the camp soon soothes away stress while the peace and quiet of unspoiled nature becomes a way of life. Country-style cooking enhances the intimate atmosphere experienced at Forest Camp.

During the day, game and bird viewing can be done on foot, as a number of easy walking trails are available. The hide at the main waterhole is one of the popular places to relax in the tranquility of the bush. At night guests are taken on a game drive in an open vehicle. A late afternoon drive can be arranged if it is available at the time.

Wildlife includes Waterbuck, Kudu, Eland, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Nyala, Bushbuck, Giraffe, Warthog, Bushpig, Leopard, Civet, Serval, Caracal, and many others. The prolific bird life makes Moholoholo a bird watchers paradise.

A visit to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is an unforgettable experience. A wide variety of birds and animals can be seen here, where Brian Jones and his team nurses and nurtures the injured and orphaned, rehabilitating them for release back to the wild. Guided tours through the Centre brings visitors in close contact with the rare and common species such as the lovely Crowned and Martial Eagles, Owls, Vultures and a variety of raptors, Serval, Duiker, Lions, Leopard, Wild Dog Hyena and many other animals and birds.

As the concept at Moholoholo is based on the environment and nature, we do not have a swimming pool, television, radios, telephones or any shopping facilities. There is however a well-stocked shop, filling station and bottle store nearby at Kampersrus

Moholoholo is ideally situated for day excursions to the Kruger Park (Orpen Gate ± 60kms) Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Pilgrims Rest, Graskop, Sabie, each place known for either their beautiful waterfalls, views, history, shops (± 230kms for a round trip). Swadini Snake Park (15kms), Cheetah Breeding Project (16kms), Echo caves (±45kms),

Tel: 015 – 795 5236
Cell: 082 907 5984


Experience the bushveld on Lleweni private game farm in in Limpopo, about 8km from Naboomspruit. The farm is very scenic with a dense vegetation of bushveld and boekenhout trees, a large number of game species, 5 dams containing a variety of fish species and holds a record for 184 bird species recorded within 3 hours by the South Africa birding society, all on 1500 hectares of game reserve. This makes it a perfect destination for bird watchers.

The accommodation:
2 bedroom chalets, sleeps 6 (one double bedroom & 1 bedroom with 2 bunk beds), facilitated and self catering with braai area, at R800 per night

Game drives can be arranged at the main camp which has a swimming pool and cash bar. Game drives are R400 per family/ group for 2 hours. 20 species of game and 186 bird species to view on 1500 hectres of game reserve.

There is also a conference centre (with helicopter landing pad), church (for weddings) and a bushveld lapa.

Please call Colé on 072 672 8725 for bookings.

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