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The 1000ha Marievale Bird Sanctuary north of Nigel and 60km east of Johannesburg is a protected Ramsar wetland site (a wetland considered to be of international importance) and the preserve of a multitude of birdlife and a few small mammals. It’s a sanctuary for us humans too, a place to escape from the city’s stresses and unwind in quiet solitude.
The Blesbokspruit River runs through the area and over time, formed a large floodplain. The fresh, clean water pans attract birds where over 300 species, most of which are waterfowl, some migrating from the north during the summer months, breed amongst the reeds. Five bird hides have been constructed in strategic spots around the pans and there is a lovely picnic site to relax and appreciate the surroundings.
Expect to see all manner of wader, including moor hen, red-knobbed coot and African purple swamp hen, while terns drop from the sky in their attempt to... Show more