Nylsvley Nature Reserve

Nylsvley Nature Reserve is situated in the upper reaches of the Nyl River and includes part of the largest floodplain vlei in the country

Limpopo Game and Nature ReservesThe Nylsvley Nature Reserve

The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is situated in the upper reaches of the Nyl River near the town of Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) in Limpopo, and includes part of the largest floodplain vlei in South Africa.

The Nylsvley Nature Reserve is well known for its exceptional avifaunal diversity, with 370 species recorded, of which 102 are waterfowl. During good rainy seasons the floodplain becomes a hive of activity, with the best estimate for water bird numbers being approximately 80 000. The system also plays an important role for frogs and fish, which gather in large numbers to breed when the floodplain becomes flooded.

Of the 102 waterfowl species recorded on the floodplain, 58 are known to breed in the wetland, more than on any other South African wetland. Twenty three of the waterfowl species are Red Data listed and eight of these are known to breed here. The number of bird species recorded on the entire floodplain is 412, almost half the total number of bird species in South Africa.

Breeding of endangered Roan antelope, which use the floodplain extensively, and rare Tsessebe is another of the conservation priorities and appealing features of the reserve.

Nylsvley Nature Reserve is regarded as one of the premier bird-watching localities in the country. Most of the thousands of visitors who visit the reserve each year are birdwatchers.

Scientific research is also an important component of the reserve, making it one of the most intensively studied sites in the world. Various international scientists still conduct research in the Nylsvley reserve and surrounding areas.

Popular Activities in or near Nylsvley Nature Reserve

Serendipity 4x4 Eco Trails

Where? Naboomspruit
The Serendipity trails are situated on the gorgeous Tierkloof Game Farm, which covers more than 2 000 hectares of the exquisite South African bushveld. This reserve is home to a range of game species, which can be enjoyed along the way. When...

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Palala Rhino Sanctuary

Where? Mookgophong
At Palala Rhino Sanctuary you have the opportunity to capture some great pictures and you are able to record the Rhinos in their natural environment. There are also a vast range of other animals to view here such as Giraffe, Warthog, Blesbuck...

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