The Haenertsburg village and Magoebaskloof area is located in the north-eastern escarpment section of the Drakensberg, originally made up of grasslands and mist belt forest.
The patches of forest have largely remained but the grasslands have been almost entirely planted to gum and pine trees and more recently avocado orchards.
Good birding can be found in areas in which the grassland or forest is largely intact.
You can access a number of fantastic birding routes (below), or contact a local guide to assist you.
Birders visit Haenertsburg and Magoebaskloof primarily to explore the extensive Woodbush Forest Reserve. Woodbush is an Afromontane mist belt forest which has a high annual rainfall.
The forests are home to Cape Parrot, Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, White-starred Robin, Orange Ground-Thrush, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Grey Cuckooshrike, Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Crowned Eagle and many more.
Access to the Woodbush Forest is by public road which is the Forest Drive.
The first section from the top is usually doable by sedan car. Find a place to park and walk along the road. If you are lucky you might come across a bird party which just might have all the birds species you are looking for in one place.
In summer, aim to get there at dawn to experience the incredible dawn chorus while you sip your coffee. In winter, birding is more difficult but many of the specials are still in the forest.
If you have a high-clearance vehicle you can continue down the Forest Drive to the Debegeni Waterfall.
The Louis Changuion Trail winds through grassland and forest patches for 10km.
You may find Red-winged Francolin, Broad-tailed Warbler, Grass Owl, White-necked Raven, Red-winged Francolin, Yellow Bishop, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Grassbird, Croaking, Cloud, Wailing, Lazy and Wing-snapping Cisticola.