Hartbeespoort dam birding – Trip report

Hartbeespoort dam for birding is great. It is about 38 km from Pretoria and about 84 km from O.R. Tambo International Airport. There is parking available at the dam wall.  Swift species, black eagles, etc can be seen in the rocky areas.  At the Leopard Lodge Park over 280 pairs of Red Data Cape Vulture are nesting. If you explore right around the dam, you can come across some really nice birds.

Cape Vulture, African Hawk-Eagle, Bat Hawk, Half-collared Kingfisher, White-backed Night-Heron, and African Finfoot are listed as specials.

The Owl Rescue Centre, that our magazine promote in each Standard edition, is also located in this area. Here is a blog post about who to call when if you come across an owl that needs rescue:


The Aloe Farm can also be included in this trip. It is on the R104 (Old Rustenburg rd) at Hartbeespoort dam, about 4,5km past Chameleon Village, between Pretoria and Rustenburg, South Africa.

If you are looking for Sunbirds, this is the place to go. This is also where I met the late Ed Raubenheimer who sadly passed away. He was one of the best bird photographers in South Africa. I learned a lot from Ed and he will be sadly missed.

Black-throated Canary Hartbeespoort dam
Black-throated Canary
Marico Sunbird Hartbeespoort dam
Marico Sunbird – Aloe Farm
White-Bellied Sunbird Hartbeespoort dam
White-bellied Sunbird – Aloe Farm
Tawny-Flanked Prinia Hartbeespoort dam
Tawny-flanked Prinia – Aloe Farm
Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird Hartbeespoort dam
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird – Aloe Farm
African Harrier-Hawk Hartbeespoort dam
African Harrier-hawk
Blue Waxbill Hartbeespoort dam
Blue Waxbill
Common Peacock Hartbeespoort dam
Common Peacock
Squacco Heron Hartbeespoort dam
Squacco Heron
Thick-billed Weaver Hartbeespoort dam
Thick-billed Weaver
White-winged Widowbird Hartbeespoort dam
White-winged Widowbird
Woodlands Kingfisher Hartbeespoort dam
Woodlands Kingfisher
Yellow-billed Kite Hartbeespoort dam
Yellow-billed Kite
Lesser Striped Swallow Hartbeespoort dam
Lesser Striped Swallow
Swallow white throated Hartbeespoort dam
White-throated Swallow
Groundscraper thrush Hartbeespoort dam
Groundscraper Thrush

If you like Hartbeespoort dam for birding then you might also be interested to visit Pilanesberg:


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Content creator: Petrus A. van Tonder

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