Nylsvlei Nature Reserve

Goliath Heron

During the 19th century, a group of Voortrekkers came across a huge flooded river. Thinking they had reached the Nile, they called it after its Dutch name "Nyl". Instead they had arrived at what we now call Nylsvlei, a 160km2 floodplain recently declared a Ramsar site due to its international conservation importance.

The 4 000 ha reserve boasts almost 370 bird species, including breeding vagrants, and at peak flood (every 3-4 years) over 80 000 birds can be seen!

Game includes roan antelope and tsessebe, as well as the more usual savanna animals. For the visitor there are five birding hides, a game drive network and the freedom to walk where one pleases, exploring this magnificent, unspoilt spot at leisure. .



Little Bee-eaters Carmine Bee-eaters Lilac-breasted Roller
 Photos on this page courtesy SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM

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