Blouberg Nature Reserve
This reserve covers a wilderness area of almost 100km² on the eastern tip of the Blouberg Mountain situated in the north-western part of Limpopo Province, 120km from Polokwane (Pietersburg).
The difference in topography (848m-1436m) gives rise to a variety of plant communities which on turn house a diverse array of animal life. The mountain divides the reserve in distinctive southern and northern plains, each with its unique climate, soil types and vegetation. The perennial Brak-river and its associated floodplain cuts through the reserve in the south-east.
Four different vegetation types are covered by the reserve namely Limpopo Sweet Bushveld, Roodeberg Bushveld, Soutpansberg Mountain Bushveld and Soutpansberg Summit Sourveld.
The flagship species of this protected area is the Cape Vulture. This vulture species listed as threatened, breeds on the southern cliff face of the mountain and the colony is considered to be the second largest in this specie’s range. This reserve is very popular with birders, not only because of the vulture colony but there are 232 other species like numerous raptors and the Crested Guineafowl to mention a few.
This piece of bushveld will not disappoint the avid game viewer. Bush roads cross the reserve through all the areas which are favoured by game to ensure the best opportunity to the visitor. The reserve’s biggest asset is surely its large trees. Baobabs and tambotis are abundant and the fig forest is a special place that must not be missed.