Zaagkuilsdrift Lodge

Hotel category: Stars Stars Stars

Rating: BirdsBirdsBirdsBirds

Country: South Africa

Region: Pienaarsrivier, Limpopo

We speak: English


Sited in the Limpopo province, we are still on the border of Gauteng and only 80 kilometres from the Capital City of South Africa, Pretoria, and 120 kilometres from OR Thambo International Airport, on the way to the northern parts of the Kruger National Park. Zaagkuilsdrift lies within the embrace of this internationally renowned marsland that are flooded three to four times a year, delivering some of the most wonderful birdlife. Arriving by a short journey from OR Thambo airport, birdwatching visitors are immediately thrust into the heart of a bird-rich bushveld environment. Excellent birdwatching commences immediately as you enter the 17 kilometre gravel road to the lodge, as well as, around the accommodation complex, from which self-drive, walks or bird touring excursions quickly access prime sites around the area.


Birdwatching is highly productive during every season of the year. Black shoulder kite, Mars Owl, for example may be seen around the site at all times. With the arrival of spring there is a veritable invasion of birds, including Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Natal Spurfowl, Northern Black Korhaan, Temminck’s Courser, Southern White-faced Scops-Owl, Red-headed Finch, Burchell’s Coucal, Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Southern Red-billed Hornbill, Acacia Pied Barbet, Lark-like Bunting, Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark, Southern Pied Babbler, Southern Black Tit, Cape Penduline-Tit, Ashy Tit, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Barred Wren-Warbler, Marico Flycatcher and Violet-eared Waxbill. To see full bird list, please click on the link: our checklist Experienced English-speaking bird guides are available at any time, also providing transport (game viewer...)


The lodge provides 9 double/twin en-suite apartments, that can sleep up to 30 people - ideally suited to families or small groups. All accommodation is fully catered and our chef takes pride in serving the best meals ever to make your experience more unforgettable There are also conference halls, internet facilities and, of course, excellent dining - indoor or outdoor dining - serving local and international cuisine and catering exceedingly well for vegetarian/ diabetic tastes.

* Please note that the English bird names on this site follow the American terminology. If you can't find a species name, try searching by Family or latin name.
Status key: B = breeding species; RB - rare breeding; W = winter only; V - vagrant; RV = rare vagrant; TM - trans-migrant; In - introduced

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