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Nelson’s Kop: Guided Birding Hike

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Nelson’s Kop: Guided Birding Hike

Nelson's Kop, Van Reenen
Call us anytime Bonginkosi Ndaba Van Reenen Tour Guide 072 930 1427
ndaba.bonginkosi2@gmail.com
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Core Activity:Birding Type:Facilitated Duration:3 Hours Budget:Price dependent on group size, but based on a group of six persons: R 600. When to Go:All year round. Spring and early summer are the best times for wild flowers and earlier starts are advised to avoid weather changes. Itinerary Rating:Hikers/birders must be physically fit and healthy to manage this steep hike. Other:You will need good walking shoes, hats, water and 4x4 vehicle. Walks are weather permitting but bring warm jacket along for possible weather changes. Bring binoculars and other birding equipment. No cell phone reception on hike. Contact Bonginkosi (your guide) to book your trip one-week in advance. It is recommended that you pack a light lunch to enjoy at the summit of Nelson’s Kop while overlooking the picturesque view. Other Activities:Hiking Points Of Interest:Stay over at Oaklands Country Manor for a luxurious and comfortable night, hospitality to give you peace of mind, great scenery and remarkable cuisine; www.oaklands.co.za or email bookings@oaklands.co.za / 058 671 006. Visit or stay at the Green Lantern Inn and enjoy their signature oxtail stew; gli@megawifi.co.za / 058 671 002. See the smallest Church in the southern hemisphere and enjoy scones at the Little Church Tea Garden 072 156 1401. Bushmen paintings next to Llandaff Lodge at Van Reenen is a lovely experience and is only a short 15-minute walk to the caves.

From Johannesburg drive approximately 319 Km on the N3 Toll Route south. Pass Montrose on your right-hand-side and your second left, turn-off at Van Reenen – Caltex Garage. Stop there and contact, Bonginkosi Ndaba on 072 930 1427 and he will take you on a gravel road, passing Oaklands Country Manor then past De Beers Pass road to the left and straight to Nelson’s Kop mountain.

One hour thirty minutes walk up the mountain; spot Bearded Vultures at the summit of Nelson’s Kop. Species to look out for on your way are: Bald ibis, Grey Crowned-crane and Blue Crane, Water birds like South African Shelducks and African Spoonbill may also be seen. Bonginkosi will point out other birds of prey such as Cape Vultures. Bonginkosi can enlighten you with stories of the local cultures; and fauna and flora on your walk.

Nelson's Kop, Van Reenen

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