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Birding on the Meander

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The Midlands Meander is a birder’s paradise, offering a rich variety of contexts to find birds – rolling grassland hills, richly species-diverse wetland and the pristine Karkloof mistbelt forest.

A major attraction for birders on the Meander is the Karkloof Conservation Centre, where there are two world-class waterside bird hides – not to mention the opportunity to see all three Crane species in one outing. The Midlands offers the opportunity to tick some of the rare birds off your list, and offers some of the most reliable sites for the White-Starred Robin, Cape Parrot and Blue Swallow. Wherever you choose to meander in the Meander, you’ll have an impressive list at the end of the day.

There are a number of accommodation establishments that are located in areas where there is an abundance of birdlife. Visitors are encouraged to book accommodation in these establishments for an added birding experience. There are also a large number of restaurants in the area that cater to the needs of every taste bud.

Not only is the Midlands filled with raptors but major attraction for birders on the Meander is the Karkloof Conservation Centre, where there are two world-class waterside bird hides – not to mention the opportunity to see all three Crane species in one outing. The Midlands offers the opportunity to tick some of the rare birds off your list, and offers some of the most reliable sites for the White-Starred Robin, Cape Parrot and Blue Swallow. Wherever you choose to meander in the Meander, you’ll have an impressive list at the end of the day.

Midlands Meander Birding Experience:

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  • Satori Farm Lodge (082 551 7402 – S29° 32′ 33.9″. . . E29° 55′ 24.6″)
  • Hawklee Country House (033 007 0549 – S29° 26′ 19.6″. . . E29° 56′ 10.1″)
  • Otters Den Self-Catering (033 266 6471 – S29° 26′ 26.6″. . . E29° 56′ 14.3″)
  • Whispering Waters (033 266 6893 – S29° 26′ 09.7″. . . E29° 56′ 28.1″)
  • Waterwoods (082 891 5975 – S29° 25′ 59.7″. . . E29° 56′ 00.4″)
  • Bellwood(033 266 6218 – S29° 22′ 37.1″. . . E29° 59′ 36.3″)