Birding in Haenertsburg/Magoebaskloof

The Haenertsburg village and Magoebaskloof area is located in the north-eastern escarpment section of the Drakensberg The areas vegetation originally consisted of escarpment mist belt and grasslands.

The Woodbush State Forest is the main focus of forest birding in Magoebaskloof. Access to Woodbush is via the Forest Drive. The Forest Drive passes through about 9km of Woodbush Forest and ends up at Debegeni Falls and eventually the R71. The Forest Drive, when in good condition, can be tackled by high clearance sedans, best to do the drive from the top. It is usually recommended to drive the Forest Drive using 4×4 vehicles. The top 1km is usually accessible by all vehicles. The Swartbos Forest trail, about 4km long, allows birders to walk through escarpment forest.

The Haenertsburg grassland is protected by the recently proclaimed Haenertsburg Nature Reserve which partly encircles the village of Haenertsburg. The Louis Changuoin trail allows walking access to the grassland.

You can access a number of fantastic birding routes (below), or contact a local guide to assist you.