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BBirding in South Africa is simply spectacular at Nylsvley Nature Reserve, which protects a significant portion of the country’s largest inland floodplain – totalling 16 000 hectares when water levels are highest during summer. This 16 000-hectare floodplain, which floods every three to four years, has been registered as a RAMSAR site due to the importance it has for water fowl in South Africa.

Up to 80 000 birds can be found at Nylsvley at one time and it is the largest Cape Vulture breeding colony in the country. This area is the only place in the Limpopo province where you can see the rare yellow-throated Sandgrouse, as well as the Blue Crane, Barrow's Korhaan and Stanley's Bustards, while enjoying vast wide open spaces and spectacular scenery. The area has the added attraction of being close to Gauteng and the O.R. Tambo International Airport, and it is in a Malaria-free part of the province.

Did You Know?
BBirdLife South Africa has designated Nylsvley as one of its Important Bird Areas.

SSouth Africa's seven biomes are home to over 850 bird species, many of them endemic. Unsurprisingly, the country is a popular birding destination and also has a relatively large local birding community.

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