Blouberg Nature Reserve
Blouberg is a 9.300-ha provincial government nature reserve. Conservation and Tourism management fall under the control of the relevant Limpopo provincial government structures. There are no hiking trails but self-drive game-drives are possible, preferably using a vehicle with a high ground clearance. To access the southern region, a 4×4 is required. Vehicles may not be driven off existing roads. Be aware of your surroundings when alighting from vehicles, as a confrontation with a buffalo or leopard is always a possibility.
Topography: The varying topography, from mountain down to the plains and the Brak River in the south lends itself to a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Veld type ranges from Kalahari-sandveld in the north to sweet bushveld in the east and west. Mixed bushveld on the mountain slopes with grassveld arid fynbos on the plateau and riverine bush in the south. Unique features are the tamboti woodland, fig forest, baobabs and the Brak River floodplain. Animals: Animals found on the reserve include cape buffalo, giraffe, eland, sable, waterbuck, gemsbok, red hartebeest, zebra, kudu, bushbuck, impala, mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, steenbok, duiker, warthog and bushpig. Predators recorded are leopard, cheetah, caracal, brown and spotted hyena, and numerous small mammals like civet, red spotted genet and African Wildcat. Birds: The bird list stands at 232 species of which the flagship for the reserve is the Cape Vulture. The breeding colony hosts approx. 600 breeding pairs that form a stronghold for this threatened species in Southern Africa. Visitors can view these birds at close range, especially during winter months at the vulture restaurant when they come daily to bathe at the waterhole or feed on a carcass when provided. Other interesting species are the crested guinea fowl, ground hornbill and a variety of raptors. 56 reptile species have been recorded so far. Activities: Game viewing, Birding… How to get there: Blouberg Nature Reserve can be accessed via a good tar road and is located 120 km north-west of Polokwane and approx. 420 km from Johannesburg. This compares favourably with Johannesburg to Skukuza (465 km) and Johannesburg to Mapungubwe (525 km). From Polokwane take the R521 to Vivo (on the Alldays road). At crossroads in Vivo turn left onto tar road (tar road to right goes to Makhado/Louis Trichardt). After 9 km turn right onto tar road (garage on corner). Blouberg main gate will be a further 9 km on your left. To read more on Blouberg Nature Reserve click here