programme aug oct by jlranm


									                                                                  Camps 2006 / Kampe 2006
                                                            Our monthly weekend or long weekend outings
                                                            cover a wide range of habitats with a spread of
                                                            close and distant places. Where possible, the fair
        Northern Gauteng                                    mix of camping and fixed accommodation at
                                                            reasonable prices should appeal to everybody.
         Gauteng-Noord                                      Kindly diarise the dates for these outings. Please
                                                            make your reservations in good time, say at least
 From the Programme Co-ordinator                            four weeks before an outing, so as to assist the
                                                            organiser in finalising the outing programme.

Spring Programme / Lente Program                            Whilst non-members are always welcome, first
                                                            preference will be given to paid-up BLNG
Our winter programme was specifically
designed to identify and visit local wetlands,
                                                            Aug 11 – 13 Moretele Campsite, Borakalalo
dams, conservancies, or nature reserves within
                                                                        NP, North West
the city limits of Pretoria, so as to provide you the
                                                                        Tent accommodation & camping.
opportunity to “Adopt-A-Site”.
                                                                        Water & bushveld birding
With this spring programme, we explore the
                                                            Sept 22 - 25 Impangele Ikhaya, Dullstroom,
Dinokeng area, northeast of Pretoria. The area is
classified as one of the Top 10 Birding Hot Spots
                                                                         Accommodation & camping.
in Southern Africa and hosts in excess of 400
                                                                         Grassland birding
water, grassveld and bushveld bird species.
                                                            Oct 20 - 22   Bosveld Paradys, Marble Hall,
Our night owl and dawn chorus outings
promise to broaden your birding experience and
hopefully provide you with some pre-practice for
                                                                          Bushveld birding
Birding Big Day in November.
                                                            Nov 17 - 19   Mahem Guesthouse, Memel,
The PCC continued to involve a small group of
committed listers. With the Second South African
                                                                          Guesthouse accommodation only.
Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2) now on the horizon
                                                                          Mountain & Grassland birding
and anticipated to commence early 2007, we
altered our focus slightly with the Bird
                                                            Dec 15 - 19   Lekgalameetse, Limpopo
Monitoring Project.
                                                                          Chalet accommodation.
                                                                          Forest & lowveld birding.
We invite you to participate in our grid-bashing
and atlassing field outings, which will be
conducted in nearby areas, not well known by the                 Appeal for Venues, Leaders,
birding community and where little, or no bird
monitoring had been done before.                                   Organisers & Speakers
These fun days are aimed to introduce birders to            We have a core group of leaders who are happy
bird monitoring, grid-square map, GPS reading,              to lead outings, so even if you can only arrange a
the compilation of electronic bird lists, as well as        venue, your help will be greatly appreciated.
exploring the practicalities of bird atlassing on a
fine scale, probably 3X3 minute squares.                    Please send us your wish lists. Arrange an outing
                                                            or a camp. Provide us with details of bird-friendly
It promises to add significant value to our and the         venues, or volunteer to lead an outing to one of
next generations knowledge of birds in our area,            your favourite stakeouts or local patches.
as well as within Southern Africa.

      August to October 2006                            Programme 2007 / Program 2007
     Augustus tot Oktober 2006                        We thank you for the very positive feedback we
                                                      received on our previous programme and trust
                                                      that this programme will again meet your
       Bird Ringing / Voëlberinging                   expectations.
Sat 5 Aug    Groenkloof Nature Reserve
Sat 2 Sep    Buffelsdrift                             Birdlife Zululand will host the BLSA AGM in
Sat 7 Oct    Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve              March 2007. Get your annual leave sorted out, as
                                                      we will be visiting Ndumu, St Lucia and Richards
 Evening Meetings / Aandbyeenkomste                   Bay. How about treating some un-chartered
Tues 8 Aug  John McAllister: “Identifying Larks       waters and visit Mozambique?
            in South Africa”
Tues 12 Sep Chris Roche: “Birding in Pafuri”          As requested by an increasing number of
Tues 10 Oct Albert Froneman: “An Introduction         members, please find at the end of the
            to Digital Bird Photography”              programme, a list of national and regional rarities,
                                                      as well as regionally uncommon residents or
    Bird Monitoring / Voël Monitering                 migrants, very localised residents, nomadic or
Sat 5 Aug    Atlassing & Grid Bashing.                erratic species and nationally important species.
Sun 24 Sep   Atlassing & Grid Bashing.
Sat 28 Oct   Atlassing & Grid Bashing.                According to the SA Bird Atlas, these birds had
                                                      been recorded within a 100km radius of
      Day Outings / Dag Uitstappies                   Pretoria.
Sun 6 Aug  Mdala Nature Reserve
Sat 19 Aug Faerie Glen Nature Reserve                 Should you see any of these, please report the
Sun 27 Aug Bronkhorstspruit Dam Nature                sighting to André Marx or Pauline Leinberger,
           Reserve & Groenfontein Farm                and/or on
Sat 2 Sep  Northern Farm
Sun 3 Sep  Elandsvlei                                 Simon Barnes so rightly describes bird
Sat 9 Sep  Rust de Winter area                        watching: “One of the greatest pleasures of bird-
Sun 17 Sep Onderstepoort Nature Reserve               watching is the quiet enjoyment of the absolutely
Mon 25 Sep Mkhombo Dam                                ordinary. Bird-watching embraces both halves of
Sun 1 Oct  Ditholo Nature Reserve                     our natural desire for contradiction. It brings us
Fri 6 Oct  Buffelsdrift                               enhanced enjoyment of the ordinary, the easy
Sat 8 Oct  Makuluzu Private Farm                      and the safe, and it brings us moments of high
Sat 14 Oct Premier Mine Game Reserve                  drama and gratification and dangerous delight.”
Sat 21 Oct Trichardspoort
Sun 29 Oct Ezemvelo Nature Reserve                    “Bird-watching is not the preserve of twitchers,
                                                      but one of the simplest, cheapest and most
Weekend Outings / Naweek Uitstappies                  rewarding pastimes around.”
11 – 13 Aug Moretele Campsite, Borakalalo NP
22 – 25 Sept Impangele Ikhaya, Dullstroom             Looking forward in seeing you at the next event.
20 – 22 Oct Bosveld Paradys, Marble Hall

 Special Events / Spesiale Geleenthede                Peter Wilgenbus
10 – 12 Nov Sani Pass & Lesotho, Underberg
                                                      Cell: 083-642-0016
As members of BLNG, we as birders have to
  abide with the BLSA Code of Ethics and
 commit ourselves in protecting wildlife, the
natural environment and the rights of others.

                                                           Meyer’s Parrot, African Finfoot, Half-collared
            AUGUST 2006                                    Kingfisher and Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl.

  Directions to all venues and useful contact              Accommodation consists of three two-bed tents
     details are provided at the end of this               and the whole campsite at the Moretele river,
                  programme.                               down stream from the Klipvoor Dam.

Sat 5    Groenkloof Nature Reserve                         Tents are R260pp sharing and camping is
Bird Ringing:                 Johan Snyman                 R130pp for this weekend. An entrance fee of R10
                                                           per vehicle and R15pp is payable at the gate.
Sat 5    Atlassing & Grid Bashing 06h30
Bird Monitoring:           Roger Fieldwick                 Join Erik de Villiers on this weekend. Kindly note
Come along and assist in exploring the birds on            that day visitors are particularly welcome on this
the network of gravel roads south of                       weekend’s outing. Gate times are 06h00 to
Greylingstad in the south-east of our area.                19h00. All reservations are to made directly with
                                                           Jeannette Rens.
This is an area that is little known by the
members of BLNG and there is a possibility of              Sat 19 Faerie Glen NR                  07h00
spotting some birds not often found in our area,           Morning Outing:             Stephan Terblanche
such as Black Harrier and Yellow-breasted Pipit.           Bankenveld and mixed woodland species with
                                                           specials such as Red-throated Wryneck.
Participants will be given maps and will be
allocated a few 3' x 3' squares to atlas for               Sun 27 Bronkhorstspruit Dam NR &
incorporation in the Greater Gauteng Bird                         Groenfontein Farm   07h30
Atlassing Project.                                         Day Outing:                Pauline Leinberger
                                                           Good highveld, grassland and water birds with
Sun 6 Mdala Nature Reserve               07h30             specials, Blue Korhaan and Water Thicknee. An
Day Outing:                   Greg Lock                    entrance fee is payable.
This excellent bushveld reserve, northeast of
Pretoria is suitable for high clearance vehicles
only. An entrance fee is payable.
                                                                   SEPTEMBER 2006
Tues 8 Aandbyeenkoms                     19h00              Rigting aanwysings na alle plekke en kontak
“Identifying Larks in South Africa”                          persoon besonderhede word aan die einde
John McAllister, spent almost 20 years in bird-                      van hierdie program gegee.
related conservation in South Africa. Six of which
were spent compiling bird checklists for the 50 or         Sat 2    Buffelsdrift
so Transvaal Provincial Nature Reserves. He                Bird Ringing:                Chris du Plooy
resides in Wakkerstroom, one of South Africa's
major endemic hotspots, where he can indulge               Sat 2    Northern Farm                 07h00
his three major passions - birds, grasslands and           Morning Outing:             André Marx
birding tourism.                                           Good highveld and water birds with specials,
                                                           breeding Long-crested Eagle, Ovambo and Black
John is a freelance birding guide specialising in          Sparrowhawk. An entrance fee is payable.
small groups birding tours throughout South
Africa and East Africa.                                    Sun 3 Elandsvlei                       07h00
                                                           Morning Outing:            Peter Wilgenbus
Fri 11 – Sun 13 WEEKEND CAMP                               Depending on the water levels, this prime
  BORAKALALO NATIONAL PARK                                 waterbird pan has revealed Greater and Lesser
This reserve, some 120km northwest of Pretoria             Flamingo, Black Heron, Slaty Egret and some
is one of my favourite patches. Its diverse birdlife       spectacular waders, such as Pectoral Sandpiper
is in excess of 350 species. Excellent mixed               and Grey Pharalope. The summer waders may
bushveld, riverine and water birds with specials,          have arrived.

Sat 9    Rust de Winter Area            06h30             Sun 24 Atlassing & Grid Bashing
Day Outing:                  Rob Geddes                   Bird Monitoring:              Etienne Marais
Excellent mixed bushveld and riverine birds with          Contact Etienne on which area, we will visit to
specials, White-backed Night-heron, African               compile bird lists for a number of grid squares.
Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher and Rufous-
bellied Heron.                                            Etienne will teach us how to navigate within grid
                                                          squares, map reading, GPS use and completion
Tues 12 Aandbyeenkoms                   19h00             of bird atlas lists.
“Birding in Pafuri”
Chris Roche spent seven years as a guide and                 The following outing is on the Monday, a
guide trainer in the greater Kruger area.                                public holiday.
As ecologist for Wilderness Safaris he is based in
Johannesburg, but spends as much time as                  Mon 25 Mhkombo Dam                     06h30
possible in the Pafuri area, where he is                  Morning Outing:             Peter Wilgenbus
responsible for the development of the wildlife           The dam lies within a prime bushveld area and
experience. He has been birding the Pafuri area           provides good water and bushveld birds. The
since 1980 and is passionate about the birds and          area is becoming better known and specials such
other diversity between the Limpopo and Luvuvhu           as Olive-tree Warbler, Common White-throat
Rivers.                                                   have been recorded.

Sun 17 Onderstepoort NR
Day Outing:
                                  Rihann Geyser                      OCTOBER 2006
The wide variety of mixed bushveld habitats
offers a rich diversity of birds.                         Despite birds reported in the programme been
                                                              positively recorded before, there is no
Fri 22 – Mon 25  WEEKEND CAMP                                guarantee that these will be seen again.
The Dullstroom area consists of rolling
                                                          Sun 1 Ditholo NR                       06h30
grasslands, rocky outcrops and large sponges or           Day Outing:                    Erik de Villiers
marshes with specials, all three Cranes, Ground           An excellent bushveld reserve with dams and
Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted and African Rock              river frontage. A very productive birding area.
Pipit, Gurney’s Sugarbird and Cape Eagle-Owl.             Braai facilities are available. An entrance fee of
                                                          R15 per vehicle is payable. Please book your
Accommodation consists of nine two-bedded                 attendance with Erik by no later than the
bungalows and camping for six people. We will             Thursday before the outing, as the number of
have access to a kitchen and a lapa with braai            vehicles must be known beforehand.
facilities. Please take your own towels and lights.
There is no electricity.                                  Fri 6    Buffelsdrift                  18h00
                                                          Night Owl Outing:            Pieter van Zyl
Accommodation is R300pp sharing and camping               White-faced, African Scops, Marsh, African Grass
is R150pp for the long weekend. For those who             and Spotted Eagle Owl, as well as Pearl-spottted
wish to avoid the risk of a rain soaked braai, wind       Owlet. Participation in this event is strictly
blown sand and ash between the teeth and                  restricted to 8 people and on reservation only.
smoke in the eyes, for an additional R30pp,               Depending on the enquiries received, additional
dinner can be prepared.                                   outings may be arranged.

Join Frans van Vuuren on this three-night                 Sat 7    Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve
weekend to Impamgele Ikhaya. We will visit                Bird Ringing:                Rihann Geyser
Verlorenvlei as well.
                                                          Sun 8 Makuluzu Private Farm            07h00
All reservations are to made directly with                Day Outing:               Philip Calinikos
Jeannette Rens. Please inform Jeannette if and            This new venue, a private farm, is on the
when the dinner option is required.                       Hammanskraal / Rust de Winter road.

Tues 10 Aandbyeenkoms                   19h00             Etienne will teach us how to navigate within grid
“An introduction to Digital Bird Photography”             squares, map reading, GPS use and completion
Albert Froneman is based in Johannesburg, but             of bird atlas lists.
travels widely across Southern Africa to
photograph birds, wildlife and nature. For the            Sun 29 Ezemvelo NR                       07h00
past 15 years he specialised in birds. His work is        Day Outing:                    Ernst Retief
featured regularly in Africa Birds & Birding,             The reserve is a cisticola, lark and pipit paradise.
various other magazines and books.                        Good grassland birds, such as Denham’s Bustard
                                                          and Shelley’s Francolin are often seen in the
In association with Africa Birds & Birding he             rocky hills. For interested people wishing to stay
presents courses and leads excursions on bird             overnight, camping or chalet accommodation is
photography.                                              available on 013-932-2211. Please book directly.

Sat 14 Premier Mine GR
Day Outing:                   Leon Kay
                                        07h00                   Useful Contact Details
The De Beers game reserve, close to Cullinan,                     Besprekings / Reservations:
consists of river, kloof, mixed bushveld, a dam           Jeannette Rens            082-924-6217
and reedbeds.                                   
                                                           Spesiale Geleenthede / Special Events:
Sat 21 Trichardspoort                   05h00             Adele van Vuuren          012-347-7932
Dawn Chorus Outing:          Peter Wilgenbus    
The river, kloof, mixed bushveld, reedbeds and                   Voël Beringing / Bird Ringing:
adjoining grassveld and agricultural fields promise       Johan Snyman                  082-451-3305
to reveal Striped Pipit, Lanner Falcon, Cape              Chris du Plooy                083-262-7996
Grassbird and African Yellow Warbler.                     Rihann Geyser                 082-440-7230
                                                              Voël Monitering / Bird Monitoring:
Fri 20 – Sun 22   WEEKEND CAMP                            Etienne Marais                082-898-6998
         BOSVELD PARADYS                                  Roger Fieldwick               012-361-1448
Bosveld Paradys lies in an area of excellent
mixed bushveld of Acacia and broadleafed
woodland and close to the Arabie dam. There are
                                                              Uitstappie Leiers / Outing Leaders:
a number of hiking and game viewing trails on the         Peter Wilgenbus           083-642-0016
property; and for the more adventurous, there are
hills to climb and nearby dams to explore.                Pauline Leinberger        012-807-6898
Very good accommodation consisting of two                 André Marx                083-411-7674
single beds per room provides for a great group 
birding atmosphere. Full use of all kitchen               Frans van Vuuren          083-635-7358
facilities are available, only take along own   
bedlinen.                                                 Rob Geddes                082-393-8870
                                                          Ernst Retief              072-223-2160
Accommodation is R165pp sharing for the         
weekend.                                                  Erik de Villiers          083-453-1212
Join Greg Lock on this weekend. All reservations          Pieter van Zyl            082-655-4251
are to made directly with Jeannette Rens.       
                                                          Rihann Geyser             082-440-7230
Sat 28 Atlassing & Grid bashing.
                                                          Leon Kay                  083-277-7693
Bird Monitoring:              Etienne Marias
Contact Etienne on which area, we will visit to
                                                          Greg Lock                 082-389-5464
compile bird lists for a number of grid squares.
                                                          Philip Calinikos          012-430-2168

        Additional Information                             Enquiries
                                                           Contact details of outing leaders appear in the
                                                           programme. Please feel free to contact the
Bird Ringing                                               relevant person for further information. BLNG
Ringing starts at dawn and usually lasts until             bank account and contact details of committee
about midday on the first Saturday of each                 members appear on the inside front cover of
month. The bird-ringing group invites members to           Laniarius.
join them for ringing and new recruits for training.

Evening Meetings                                                     Bykomende Inligting
Meetings start at 19h00, usually on the second
Tuesday of each month. Tea is served                       Voëlberinging
afterwards. Please note that all meetings are              Voëlberinging begin teen sonop en duur tot
held at the Sci-Enza Centre, University of                 vroeg middag, gewoondlik die eerste Saterdag
Pretoria, Hatfield.                                        van elke maand. Die voëlberinging groep nooi
                                                           lede uit vir voëlberinging en veral om op te lei
Outings                                                    nuwe lede.
Morning outings end at about 12h00. Please
bring a breakfast basket and drinks along.                 Aandbyeenkomste
                                                           Vergaderings begin om 19h00, gewoonlik op die
Day outings last until mid-afternoon. Please               tweede Dinsdag van elke maand. Tee word na
bring a picnic basket and chairs along.                    die vergadering bedien. Let asb. daarop dat die
                                                           vergaderings plaas vind by Sci-Enza Sentrum,
Braai facilities are available at certain venues.          Universiteit van Pretoria, Hatfield.
   Entrance fees are sometimes payable.
Weekend Camps                                              Oggend-uitstappies eindig teen 12h00. Bring asb.
Accommodation ranges from rustic camping to                n ontbytmandjie en iets om te drink saam.
occasional luxury accommodation. Please book
preferably 4-weeks in advance, to allow the                Daguitstappies duur tot laatmiddag. Bring altyd n
organiser time to finalise all arrangements.               piekniekmandjie en ’n stoel saam.

Bookings should peferably be made via                       Braai geriewe is by party plekke beskikbaar.
e-mail. Full payment is required to confirm your                Toegangsfooie is soms betaalbaar.
booking. Payments should be made by direct
transfer or deposit with the reference code given          Naweek Kampe
to you by the organiser. Do not make arbitrary             Akkommodasie wissel van basiese kampering tot
deposits or make a deposit without first booking           redelike luukse akkommodasie. Bespreek asb.
with the organiser.                                        minstens 4-weke voor die tyd sodat die
                                                           organiseerder die reëlings betyds kan finaliseer.
  Bring firewood or charcoal along to every
              weekend outing.                              Bespreek verkieslik d.m.v. e-pos. Volle
                                                           betaling word gevra om besprekings te bevestig.
Junior Birders                                             Betaling moet deur direkte oorplasing of deposito
Families are welcome at all outings, although not          gemaak word met die kode wat deur die
all venues are suitable for small children.                organiseerder verskaf sal word. Moet asb. nie
                                                           betaal voordat u dit met die organiseerder
Non-Members                                                bespreek het nie.
Non-members are welcome to attend any event.
Please note that an admin fee of R20 per person              Bring asseblief hout of houtskool saam na
is payable. For weekend outings, an admin fee of                      elke naweek uitstappie.
20% of the camp fee is payable. First preference
will be give to members, where a limited number
of people are allowed.

Junior Voëlkykers                                           Borakalalo sign and continue along the road, until
Gesinne is altyd welkom by uitstappies, alhoewel            you reach the entrance gate. The road from
alle plekke nie geskik is vir jong kinders nie.             Pretoria to Borakalalo is tarred all the way. Please
                                                            watch out for potholes, speed traps, stray animals
Nie-Lede                                                    and pedestrians. Distance from Pretoria-West is
Nie-lede is welkom om enige geleentheid by te               approximately 120km.
woon. Let asb daarop dat n admin fooi van R20
per persoon betaalbaar is. Vir naweek kampe is              Northern Farm
die admin fooi 20% van die kamp fooi. Eerste                Take the N14 west towards Krugersdorp and turn
keuse sal aan lede gegee word, waar beperke                 off at the R511 Sandton/Hartebeespoort dam off
aantal mense toegelaat word.                                ramp. Turn right and pass under the highway.
                                                            Turn immediately left on the M34/R114
Navrae                                                      Muldersdrift road and continue for about 6km.
Kontak besonderhede van uitstappie leiers                   The large white-bricked entrance, sign posted
verskyn in die program. Moenie huiwer om die                Northern Farm is on the right. Turn into the
betrokke person te skakel vir enige verdere                 entrance and sign in at the gate. Meet at the
inligting. BLNG bank rekening      en kontak                main parking area, some 200m down the road.
besonderhede van kommittee lede verskyn op die              Distance from the N1-N14 interchange is
voorste binne blad van Laniarius.                           approximately 22km.

                                                            Impangele Ikhaya, Dullstroom
                  Directions                                Take the N4 east towards Belfast. Turn left on the
                                                            Belfast off ramp and continue on the R540 to
   Directions to outings are as accurate as                 Dullstroom. Upon entering Dullstroom, turn left
   possible. Please consult a map, prior in                 into Maree Street. Cross the railway line at the T-
            leaving for any outing.                         junction and turn right towards Tonteldoos.
                                                            Continue for 29km the gravel road and turn left at
Sci-Enza Centre, University of Pretoria                     the tractor tyre sign into Impangele Ikhaya. Follow
From Lynnwood Road turn into the main entrance              the guineau fowl signs.
at the university at Roper Street. Pass through
the security entrance, turn left onto the Circle            Bosveld Paradys, Marble Hall
Road which guides you around the campus. This               Take the N1 north past the Carousel and
road will turn right at the first road leading to the       Pienaarsrivier off ramps. At exit 224 take the
right. Pass the Engineering block and turn right at         R576 towards Settlers. Continue driving east
the corner of the Nat. Sciences Building and then           towards Marble Hall. After about 80km, the R576
left at the Mathematics Building, then right at the         becomes the R33. At the T-junction turn right onto
Old Agricultural Building. Park around here. The            the N11. About 1km further, turn left at a small
Sci-Enza Centrum is the white building on the left.         sign Bosveld Paradys. Continue along the farm
The entrance is around the corner facing east.              road bearing right all the time, until you reach a
                                                            farm gate. Enter and continue straight towards
Borakalalo National Park                                    the farmhouse.
Take the N4 west toward Rustenburg. Pass
through the Pelindaba tollgate and turn at the              Bronkhorstspruit NR & Groenvlei Farm
R511 Pelindaba/Hartebeespoort dam off ramp.                 Take the N4 east to the Bronkhorstspruit/
Follow the signs to Brits. Immediately past the             Delmas/Groblersdal off ramp. Turn right onto the
Caltex garage on the left, just before reaching             R42 towards Delmas. Turn left after 4km to
Brits, turn right at the first 4-way intersection.          Delmas, still on the R42. The entrance road is
Travel on the R566 towards Rosslyn. Pass the                found on the right after 14km, signposted
Brits Abattoir and turn left into the tar road, sign        Bronkies. Meet just before the low level bridge
posted Lethlabile. Follow the road signs towards            (not at the entrance). Total distance from
Lethabile, until you get into Jericho. Turn right at        Pretoria is about 70km.
the T-junction and then immediately left towards
Legonyane. Continue a further 23km and follow
the signs to Borakalalo NR. Turn left at the

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve                                   R573 KwaMhlanga road. Continue along this road
Take the N4 east from Pretoria.            At the         for about 60km and beyond Moloto. Turn left at
Bronkhorstspruit/Groblersdal off ramp turn left           the R568 to Libangeni. Continue for about 31km
onto the R25 to Groblersdal. After 4,5km turn             and turn left at the Mdala NR sign. Follow the
right at the first Ezemvelo sign. From here follow        access road to the entrance. Distance from
the Ezemvelo signs for about 20km on a dirt road          Pretoria is approximately 100km.
to the gate. Meet at the reception. Total distance
from Pretoria is about 80km.                              Onderstepoort Nature Reserve
                                                          Take the R101 north towards Warmbaths road.
Ditholo Nature Reserve                                    Approximately 3km from Wonderboom NR turn
Take the N1 north to Hammanskraal/                        left at the Onderstepoort/Rosslyn sign and
Boekenhoutkloof off ramp. Turn right over the             continue for 500m and turn right towards
highway and then immediately left to Rust de              Onderstepoort. Meet at the entrance to
Winter. After about 3km turn left to De Witskraal.        Kaalplaas, approximately 3km further.
The road ends after 4,5km at the entrance gate.
Meet at the gate. Distance from Pretoria is about         Premier Mine Nature Reserve
45km.                                                     Take the N1 north and turn off at the Zambezi
                                                          Road/Cullinan off ramp. Turn right onto the R513
Makuluzu Private Farm                                     towards Cullinan. Meet at the Premier Shooting
Take the N1 north to Hammanskraal/                        Club turn off on the left hand side, a few
Boekenhoutkloof off ramp. Turn right over the             kilometers before Cullinan.
highway and then immediately left to Rust de
Winter. The entrance to Makuluzu is on the right          Trichardspoort
hand side 16km up the Rust de Winter road from            Take the N4 east from Pretoria towards
the Hammanskraal turnoff. There is a Vodacom              Bronkhorstspruit. Turn off and meet at the N4
tower on the left just before the gate. Meet at the       Petro Port, shortly before the Toll gate. Please
gate.                                                     be punctual as we will be travelling together.

Rust De Winter area                                       Buffelsdrift
Take the N1 north and turn off at the Rust De             Take the N1 north and turn off at the Zambezi
Winter/Pienaarsrivier off ramp. Turn right to Rust        Road/Cullinan off ramp. Turn right onto the R513
De Winter. Continue into the town and meet at             towards Cullinan. After 1km turn left at the first
the Police Station. Distance from Pretoria is             robot and continue along the R573 KwaMhlanga
about 95km.                                               road. After 7km turn left to Buffelsdrift, and after
                                                          about 2km you will come to a water reservoir on
Mkhombo Dam                                               the left. We will meet along the road.
Take the N1 north to Hammanskraal/
Boekenhoutkloof off ramp. Turn right over the             Greylingstad
highway and then immediately left to Rust de              Take the N3 southwards towards Villiers and just
Winter. Please be punctual at the Elandsriver             after Heidelberg, turn southeast onto the R23
bridge, Rust de Winter, as we will be travelling          towards Balfour and Standerton. This turn-off is
together.                                                 about 125 km from Pretoria. Proceed along the
                                                          R23 for 43 km and turn left at the sign for
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve                                Greylingstad. Meet at 06h30 just before the Total
From the N1-N4 interchange, travel south on the           Garage in Greylingstad. Total traveling time is
N1 towards Atterbury road. Take the M11                   approximately one and half-hours.
Atterbury road off ramp and turn left. Continue
past the Menlyn shopping centre and turn left into        Elandsvlei
General Louis Botha drive. Drive to where the             From Hans Strydom drive cross the N1 and turn
reserve is sign posted on the right hand side.            right at the second robot onto the R50 Delmas
                                                          road. Travel past Rietvlei Dam on your right.
Mdala Nature Reserve                                      Carry on straight until you reach the four-way stop
Take the N1 north to the R513 Zambezi Road off            with the R25 at Bapsfontein. Meet at the Caltex
ramp. Turn right towards Cullinan. Turn left on the       garage at the four-way stop. Please be prompt,

as we will leave together from here.        Total        Teken die register en ontmoet in die hoof
distance from Pretoria is about 30km.                    parkeer area ongeveer 200m verder. Afstand
                                                         vanaf die N1-N14 wisselaar is omtrent 22km.
          Rigting Aanwysings                             Bronkhorstspruit NR & Groenvlei Farm
                                                         Neem die N4 oos na die Bronkhorst-
    Rigting aanwysings is so akkurraat as                Spruit/Delmas/Groblersdal afrit. Draai regs op die
moontlik aangegee. Raadpleeg asseblief altyd             R42 na Delmas. Draai links na Delmas na 4km,
n padkaart, voordat u n uitstappie onderneem.            steeds op die R42. Die pad na die dam is 14km
                                                         verder aan die regterkant by die Bronkies teken.
Sci-Enza Sentrum,           Universiteit     van         Ontmoet net voor die laagwaterbrug (nie by
Pretoria, Hatfield                                       die hek nie). Totale afstand vanaf Pretoria is
Vanaf Lynnwoodweg draai by die hoofingang van            ongeveer 70km.
die Universitiet van Pretoria,op die hoek van
Roper en Lynnwoodweg. Ry deur die                        Ezemvelo Natuurreservaat
sekuriteitshek en draai links op die Ringpad en          Neem die N4 oos vanaf Pretoria.            By die
volg die Ringpad soos dit jou rondom die kampus          Bronkhorstspruit/Groblersdal afrit, draai links op
lei. Die Ringpad draai na regs by die eerste pad         die R25 na Groblersdal. Draai regs na 4,5km by
wat na regs lei, volg steeds die Ringpad. Ry             die eerste Ezemvelo-teken. Volg die Ezemvelo-
verby die Ingenieurswese Toringblok en draai na          tekens vir ongeveer 20km op 'n grondpad tot by
regs om die hoek van die Natuurwetenskappe-              die hek. Ontmoet by ontvangs. Totale afstand
gebou en draai dan links by die Wiskunde-gebou.          vanaf Pretoria is ongeveer 80km.
Die pad draai regs om die hoek van die Ou
Landbouwetenskappe-gebou. Parkeer hier. Die              Ditholo Natuurreservaat
Sci-Enza Sentrum is die wit gebou aan jou                Neem      die    N1     noord      tot  by    die
linkerkant. Die ingang is om die hoek van die            Hammanskraal/Boekenhoutkloof afrit. Draai regs
gebou aan die oostekant.                                 oor die snelweg en dan onmiddelik links na Rust
                                                         de Winter. Draai links na De Witskraal na
Borakalalo Nasionale Park                                ongeveer 3km. Die pad eindig na 4,5km by die
Neem die N4 wes na Rustenburg. Ry deur die               ingangshek.     Ontmoet by die ingangshek.
Pelindaba tolhek en draai af op die R511                 Totale afstand vanaf Pretoria is ongeveer 45 km.
Pelindaba/Hartebeespoort dam afrit. Draai regs
en volg die padwysers na Brits. Net na die Caltex        Faerie Glen Natuurreservaat
garage op die linkerkant en onmiddelik voordat jy        Vanaf die N1-N4 wisselaar, ry suid op die N1.
Brits binnekom, draai regs by die 4-rigting              Neem die Atterbury afrit en draai links op die
kruising op die R566 na Rosslyn. Ry verby die            M11. Ry verby die Menlyn winkel sentrum en
Brits slagpale en draai links op die teerpad met         draai links in Genl. Louis Bothastraat. Volg die
padwyser Lethabile. Volg die padwysers na                naamwysers na die reservaat met die ingang op
Lethabile, tot jy deur Jericho gery het. By die T-       die regterkant van die pad.
aansluiting, draai regs en dadelik links na
Legonyane. Volg die padwysings na Borakalalo.
Na ongeveer 23km, draai links by die Borakalalo
                                                         Ry met die N1 Noord tot by die Zambesi-afrit.
padwyser. Die pad vanaf Pretoria is geteer. Let
                                                         Draai regs op die R513 na Cullinan. Na 1 km,
op vir slaggate, spoedlokvalle, rondloper diere en
                                                         draai links by die eeerste robot op die R573
voetgangers. Afstand vanaf Pretoria-Wes is
                                                         KwaMhlangapad. Na 7km draai links na
omtrent 120km.
                                                         Buffelsdrift. Ongeveer 2km verder, stop by n
                                                         water opgaartenk on die linkerkant. Ons ontmoet
Northern Farm                                            langs die pad.
Neem die N14 wes na Krugersdorp en draai af op
die R511 Sandton / Hartebeespoortdam afrit.
                                                         Bosveld Paradys, Marble Hall
Draai regs en ry onder die snelweg deur. Draai
                                                         Neem die N1 noord verby die Carousel            en
dan onmiddelik links op die M34/R114
                                                         Pienaarsrivier afritte. Draai af op afrit 224   en
Muldersdrift pad. Na omtrent 6km, draai regs by
                                                         neem die R576 na Settlers. Ry ooswaarts in      die
die ingang na Northern Farm. Die reservaat is
                                                         rigting van Marble Hall. Na ongeveer 80km,      die
duidelik aangedui met groot wit baksteen pilare.

R576 word die R33. Draai regs by die T-                    stop met die R25 by Bapsfontein. Ontmoet by die
aansluiting op die N11. Ongeveer 1km verder,               Caltex motorhawe by die vierrigting-stop. Wees
draai links op die plaaspad met n klein pad teken,         asseblief betyds aangesien ons van hier af
Bosveld Paradys. Hou regs aan met die                      saamry.     Totale afstand vanaf Pretoria is
plaaspad, wat al langs n heining loop, todat n             ongeveer 30km.
plaashek bereik word. Gaan deur die hek en hou
reguit aan tot by die plaas huis.                          Makuluzu Private Farm
                                                           Ry met die N1 noord tot by die Hammanskraal/
Mdala Natuurreservaat                                      Boekenhoutkloof afrit Draai regs oor die snelweg
Ry met die N1 noord tot by die Zambesi afrit.              en dan onmiddelik links na Rust de Winter. Die
Draai regs op die R513 na Cullinan. Na 1 km,               ingang na Makuluzu is op die regterkant van die
draai links op die R573 KwaMhlangapad. Ry vir              Rust de Winter pad ongeveer 16 km vanaf die
omtrent 60km tot verby Moloto tot by die R568 na           Hammanskraal kruising. Daar is n Vodacom paal
Libangeni. Draai hier links en ry omtrent 31km na          op die linkerkant van die pad net voor die
die Mdala Nature Reserve-teken aan die                     ingangshek. Ontmoet by die hek.
linkerkant. Ontmoet by die ingangshek. Totale
afstand van Pretoria omtrent 90km.                         Rust De Winter area
                                                           Ry met die N1 noord en draai af op die Rust de
Onderstepoort Natuurreservaat                              Winter/Pienaarsrivier afrit. Draai regs na Rust de
Ry met die R101 noord rigting Warmbad.                     Winter. Ry reguit aan tot in die dorpie en ontmoet
Ongeveer 3km vanaf die Wonderboom NR pad,                  by die Polisie Stasie. Totale afstand vanaf
draai links by die Onderstepoort/Rosslyn pad               Pretoria is ongeveer 95km.
teken and ry vir n verdure 500m en draai regs na
Onderstepoort. Ry vir 3km en ontmoet by die                Mkhombo Dam
ingang na Kaalplaas.                                       Ry met die N1 noord tot by die Hammanskraal/
                                                           Boekenhoutkloof afrit Draai regs oor die snelweg
Premier Mine Game Reserve                                  en dan onmiddelik links na Rust de Winter.
Ry met die N1 noord tot by die Zambesi afrit.              Ontmoet betyds by die Elandsrivier burg, Rust de
Draai regs op R513 na Cullinan. Onmoet by die              Winter, omdat ons vandaar af Mhkombo dam toe
Premier Shooting Club afdraai pad op die                   sal saam ry.
linkerkant, net n paar kilometer voor Cullinan.
Impangele Ikhaya, Dullstroom                               Ry met die N3 suid na Heidelberg en Villiers. Net
Ry met die N4 oos rigting Belfast. Draai af op die         suid van Heidelberg, draai af op die R23 na
Belfast afrit en hou links op die R540 rigting             Balfour en Standerton. Hierdie afrit is ongeveer
Dullstroom. Onmiddelik binne Dullstroom, draai             125km vanaf Pretoria. Ry met die R23 suid-oos
links in Maree Straat. By die spoorlyn kruising en         vir 43km en draai links na Greylingstad. Ontmoet
T-aansluiting draai regs na Tonteldoos. Hou aan            om 06h30 net voor the Total vulstasie in
vir 29km op die grondpad en draai links op n               Greylingstad. Totale reistyd is ongeveer een en
plaaspad. Daar is n groot tekker band by die               half uur.
ingang met die naam Impangele Ikhaya. Volg die
tarentaal tekens na die huise.

Ry met die N4 oos rigting Bronkhorstspruit. Draai
af en ontmoet by die N4 Petro Port vulstasie
net voor die tolhek. Wees asb. betyds, omdat ons
saam vandaar verder ry.

Vanaf Hans Strydomlaan gaan oor die N1, en
draai regs by die tweede robot op die R50
Delmaspad. Gaan verby Rietvleidam aan die
regterkant. Gaan reguit aan tot by die vierrigting-

     Special Birds / Spesiale Voëls                     Long-toed Lapwing
                                                        Terek Sandpiper
              National Rarities:                        Eurasian Curlew                        Grootwulp
                                                        Common Whimbrel                        Kleinwulp
Slaty Egret                           Rooikeelreier     Red Phalarope                     Grysfraiingpoot
European Honey-Buzzard                   Wespedief      Burchell’s Courser            Bloukopdrawwertjie
Western Marsh-Harrier            Europese Vleivalk      Yellow-throated Sandgrouse   Geelkeelsandpatrys
Striped Crake                  Gestreepte Riethaan      Black Coucal                      Swartvleiloerie
Pacific Golden Plover Asiatiese Goue Strandkiewiet      African Wood-Owl                            Bosuil
Green Sandpiper                         Witgatruiter    Cape Eagle-Owl                     Kaapse Ooruil
Spotted Redshank            Gevlekte Rooipootruiter     Pennant-winged Nightjar        Wimpelvlerknaguil
Baird’s Sandpiper               Bairdse Strandloper     Narina Trogon                           Bosloerie
Pectoral Sandpiper             Geelpootstrandloper      Wire-tailed Swallow              Draadstertswael
Buff-breasted Sandpiper        Taanborsstrandloper      Black Saw-wing              Swartsaagvlerkswael
Black-tailed Godwit                  Swartstertgriet    Bush Blackcap                       Rooibektiptol
Lesser Black-backed Gull        Kleinswartrugmeeu       Yellow-bellied Greenbul            Geelborswillie
Franklin’s Gull                    Franklinse Meeu      Buff-streaked Chat                Bergklipwagter
Common Black-headed Gull             Swartkopmeeu       Pale-crowned Cisticola       Bleekkopklopkloppie
African Skimmer                        Waterploeër      Red-faced Cisticola           Rooiwangtinktinkie
Thrush Nightingale                  Lysternagtegaal     Drakensberg Prinia        Drakensberglangstertjie
River Warbler                     Sprinkaansanger       Cape Batis                 Kaapse Bosbontrokkie
Eurasian Reed-Warbler         Hermanse Rietsanger       Orange River White-eye           Gariep Glasogie
Grey Wagtail                            Gryskwikkie     Spectacled Weaver                      Brilwewer
Golden Pipit                           Goudkoester      Swee Waxbill                      Suidelike Swie
Greater Frigatebird               Groot Fregatvoël      Brimstone Canary                   Dikbekkanarie
Asiatic Dowitcher                                       Namaqua Sandgrouse                     Kelkiewyn
                                                        Ashy Flycatcher              Blougrysvlieëvanger
              Regional Rarities:                        Yellow-breasted Pipit            Geelborskoester
                                                        Short-tailed Pipit               Kortstertkoester
Great White Pelican                    Witpelikaan
Pink-backed Pelican                  Kleinpelikaan           Regionally uncommon resident or
Rufous-bellied Heron                 Rooipensreier       migrant; very localized resident; nomadic
White-backed Night-Heron            Witrugnagreier
Eurasian Bittern                      Grootrietreier
                                                          or erratic species; nationally important
African Openbill                   Oopbekooievaar                          species:
Saddle-billed Stork               Saalbekooievaar
Marabou Stork                             Maraboe       Black-necked Grebe           Swartnekdobbertjie
Southern Bald Ibis                      Kalkoenibis     Dwarf Bittern                     Dwergrietreier
African Pygmy-goose                     Dwerggans       Black Stork                  Grootswartooievaar
Lappet-faced Vulture                 Swartaasvoël       Yellow-billed Stork                   Nimmersat
Bat Hawk                              Vlermuisvalk      Lesser Flamingo                     Kleinflamink
Tawny Eagle                              Roofarend      South African Shelduck                Kopereend
Steppe Eagle                         Steppe-arend       Secretarybird                     Sekretarisvoël
Lesser Spotted Eagle                Gevlekte Arend      White-backed Vulture              Witrugaasvoël
African Goshawk                Afrikaanse Sperwer       Black Kite                             Swartwou
Pallid Harrier                      Witborsvleivalk     African Cuckoo Hawk                 Koekoekvalk
Black Harrier                       Witkruisvleivalk    Booted Eagle                        Dwergarend
Grey Crowned Crane                          Mahem       Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle                 Kleinjagarend
Corn Crake                           Kwartelkoning      Long-crested Eagle                Langkuifarend
Spotted Crake                   Gevlekte Riethaan       Martial Eagle                     Breëkoparend
Denham’s Bustard                           Veldpou      African Marsh-Harrier        Afrikaanse Vleivalk
Lesser Jacana                       Dwerglangtoon       Montagu’s Harrier                    Blouvleivalk
White-fronted Plover             Vaalstrandkiewiet      Osprey                                    Visvalk
Chestnut-banded Plover       Rooibandstrandkiewiet      Peregrine Falcon                       Swerfvalk

Eurasian Hobby              Europese Boomvalk
Red-footed Falcon         Westlike Rooipootvalk
Grey-winged Francolin                  Bergpatrys
Harlequin Quail                       Bontkwartel
Blue Crane                         Bloukraanvoël
African Crake               Afrikaanse Riethaan
Baillon’s Crake                     Kleinriethaan
Buff-spotted Flufftail       Gevlekte Vleikuiken
Allen’s Gallinule            Kleinkoningriethaan
Lesser Moorhen                Kleinwaterhoender
African Finfoot                     Watertrapper
White-bellied Korhaan            Witpenskorhaan
Blue Korhaan                       Bbloukorhaan
Greater Painted-snipe                   Goudsnip
Caspian Plover           Asiatiese Strandkiewiet
Grey Plover                    Grysstrandkiewiet
Ruddy Turnstone                        Steenloper
Sanderling                   Drietoonstrandloper
Water Thick-knee                     Waterdikkop
Bronze-winged Courser     Bronsvlerkdrawwertjie
Black-winged Pratincole Swartvlerksprinkaanvoël
African Olive-Pigeon              Geelbekbosduif
Meyer’s Parrot                  Bosveldpapegaai
Common Cuckoo                 Europese Koekoek
Great Spotted Cuckoo          Gevlekte Koekoek
African Grass-Owl                         Grasuil
Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl                 Reuse-ooruil
European Nightjar               Europese Naguil
Horus Swift                      Horuswindswael
Grey-headed Kingfisher         Gryskopvisvanger
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater         Blouwangbyvreter
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater      Swaelstertbyvreter
Ground Woodpecker                     Grondspeg
Melodious Lark                        Spotlewerik
Fawn-coloured Lark               Vaalbruinlewerik
Dusky Lark                         Donkerlewerik
Pink-billed Lark                 Pienkbeklewerik
Eurasian Golden Oriole      Europese Wielewaal
Short-toed Rock-Thrush          Korttoonkliplyster
Common Whitethroat                 Witkeelsanger
Olive-tree Warbler               Olyfboomsanger
Dark-capped Yellow Warbler            Geelsanger
Tinkling Cisticola                  Rooitinktinkie
Yellow Wagtail                       Geelkwikkie
African Rock Pipit                    Klipkoester
Red-billed Oxpecker         Rooibekrenostervoël
Cuckoo Finch                         Koekoekvink
Yellow Bishop                        Kaapse Flap
Fan-tailed Widowbird                 Kortstertflap
Dusky Indigobird             Gewone Blouvinkie
Purple Indigobird               Wipootblouvinkie
Lark-like Bunting               Vaalstreepkoppie
Grey-backed Sparrowlark           Grysruglewerik
Sentinel Rock-Thrush           Langtoonkliplyster
Caspian Tern                      Reusesterretjie


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