Birds of the Magaliesberg 2023

HARTBEESPOORT SNAKE & ANIMAL PARK The park has one of the most comprehensive snake collections on display in Africa. Come stroll along the paths and gardens in this well wooded area that provides home for several bird species. In the Blue gum trees to the East of the park large numbers of White breasted Cormorants nest with a few Grey and Black headed Herons as well. See HOT SPOTS for detailed write up.

Meerhof Bird Sanctuary view looking North West across the dam

SCHOEMANSVILLE RESORT Turn left into Marais str and continue straight down towards the dam until the bend where you will find the Schoemansville resort gate. Drive in and park your car and you will have safe access to a large area of the Northern shore. Here your will find patches of Acacia woodland that host a number of bird species. GPS co-ordinates: S 250 44.114 E 027 52.969

View of the Hartbeespoort dam wall

GETTING THERE Return back up Marais Street and turn left before reaching the Dam Wall you will see the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park on your left with its castle like rock walls. The park also offers snake courses, education programmes for children at the park or at the school premises, and more recently a conference center has been added to + the facilities. Open daily, public holidaysand school holidays from 8H00 GPS co-ordinates: S 250 43.764 E 027 51.531 Website

One of the more common duck species,White-faced Ducks are often seen using the floating Water Hyacinth as resting spots

The ever present African Fish Eagle

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