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Magoebaskloof, which lies close to the town of Tzaneen, has high altitudinal ranges from around 1600m’s down to about 850meters above sea-level. This provides for a large diversity of habitats that includes the Woodbush Forest, highland protea veld and grasslands.

The Woodbush Forest patch is the largest remaining mistbelt forest in the country and is home to some of the countries most special birds that includes the Grey-Headed Parrot, Bat Hawk and Black-fronted Bush-Shrike.

Lush tropical vegetation verges numerous rivers and streams of this picturesque landscape that make it an ideal stopover point to the Kruger National Park. There are numerous hidden gems to visit in Magoebaskloof and it is well worth picking up a site guide to show you these areas.


Best Time to Photograph
Forest birds are most active early in the morning and so it is worth being on site as the sun rises.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Birds
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
Photographing in forests generally occurs in low light so a tripod and high iso rating is advisable. Flashes with telephoto extenders can greatly aid forest photography. Alternatively walking along the roads on the edges of the forest patches can provide worthwhile results for birding
Recommended Gear
Tripods and flashes are a must. Be well prepared at all times and carry liquids, sunscreen, a hat and warm windproof clothing.


Site Highlights
Debengeni Falls, Woodbush Forest,Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge


Season and Weather
Due to its locations in the mountains, Magoebaskloof can always expect cool weather and mist. Rainfall is usually restricted to the summer months and climate is generally mild throughout the year in comparison to the very hot low lying areas. Winters can be cold with frost
Other Activities
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Trout Fishing
Featured Guide/s


Closest Town
Getting There
Tzaneen lies to the east of Polokwane on the R71


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Peter Chadwick
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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.