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The Polokwane Game Reserve with its close proximity to Johannesburg conserves the Pietersburg Plateau false grassland. This is home to a number of important endemic birds including the Short-Clawed Lark and Ashy Tit.

21 species of game, including White Rhino can be found here. There is an excellent network of roads that cover the various habitats and there are also a number of hiking trails. Because most of the Pietersburg Plateau false grassland has been transformed by agriculture, the only enduring examples are found in and around the Polokwane Game Reserve.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings and evenings are best for driving around to search for photographic subjects. Mid morning is best for photographing birds that come to drink at the waterholes I the dry season.
Type of Photography
  • Wildlife General
  • Birds
Photographic Tips
Winter months provide easy viewing as the veld is dry and open, but spring and summer brings numerous migrant bird species and the veld is lush and green.
Recommended Gear
A solid window mount is a must for photographing from the vehicle. Telephoto lenses are a priority for bird and animal photography.


Site Highlights
Driving throughout the network of roads provides a wide variety of bird watching opportunities


Season and Weather
Situated at around 1300m above sea-level, the Polokwane Game Reserve is very dry and hot. Late afternoon thunderstorms can be expected during summer months, while winters are generally mild with cold evenings and nights.
Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Game Viewing
  • Horse riding
Guide/s Available
Eden Routes Eco-Safaris
Joe or Lisa Grosel
Telephone/Fax : +27 15 263 6473
Cellular : +27 82 415 5250 or +27 83 380 2322
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Getting There
From the N1, turn onto the Tzaneen by-pass road (R71/R81). Turn right onto the Silicon Road at the second intersection and travel on for another 800m. The reserve entrance is on the right.
Polokwane Game Reserve


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Peter Chadwick
Author: Peter ChadwickWebsite: http://www.peterchadwick.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.