Blouberg Nature Reserve
|Blouberg Nature Reserve|
|Location||Limpopo, South Africa|
|Governing body||Limpopo Provincial Government|
Blouberg Nature Reserve is a protected area situated close to Vivo, west of Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province, of South Africa. It covers an area of 9,360 hectares (23,100 acres) from the eastern portion of the Blouberg mountain range down to the savanna near the Brak River, and is managed and administrated by the Limpopo Provincial Government.
Topography and habitats
Its topography renders a diverse array of habitats which in-turn accommodate numerous species of plant and animal life. This reserve is well known for the largest breeding colony of Cape vultures in South Africa on its mountainous sector. On the plain sector game is abundant with special mention of Cape buffalo, sable antelope and leopard. It is predominately bushveld savanna with baobabs and tambotis standing prominently on the northern plains. Natural forest occurs on the mountain's southern slopes, which includes a large Outeniqua yellowwood, which was given official protection in 2013.
Current accommodation consists of chalets at Mashatu camp, Tamboti tented bush camp, Modumele Wilderness Camp and Molope Camp. A vehicle with high ground clearance is needed, especially for the southern part. Although it is an ideal stop over for the Tuli Block in Botswana, the Mapungubwe National Park on the Zimbabwe border or the northern part of Kruger Park, the reserve is worth a proper visit even by itself.
Animal species found in the reserve:
Bird species found in the reserve:
- Main gate
- Mashatu camp
- Tamboti camp
- Molope camp
- Modumele camp
- Vulture Restaurant
- Big Tree
- Fig Forest
- Look-out point
- Rapanyana's Neck
- "Blouberg Nature Reserve". Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
- Blouberg Nature Reserve, Limpopo
- Situated at "Declaration of particular groups of trees as "Champion Trees"" (PDF). cer.org.za. University of Pretoria. Retrieved 7 December 2015. . Joemat-Pettersson, Tina (13 September 2013).