Soutpansberg Hot
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The Soutpansberg mountains host a tremendous variety of birds and still have well-developed tracts of indigenous forests, including afro-montane mistbelt forest which is home to some of South Africa’s most special birds including the Black-Fronted Bush-Shrike, Blue-Spotted Wood-Dove and Orange Ground Thrush.

In the low lying areas numerous dams and wetlands provide a host of waterbirds and the entire Soutpansberg is extremely picturesque for landscape photography. Given the diversity of opportunities it is well worth investing in a knowledgeable guide to show you around.


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
  • Forests
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.
A flash extender is usefull for increassing the range of your flash with telephoto lenses.


Site Highlights
Roodeval Forest,Entabeni Forest,Hangklip Forest,Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge


Season and Weather
Although it may be extremely hot in low lying areas during the summers with afternoon thunderstorms occurring, the montane forests of the Soutpansberg are often cool and misty, requiring a wind and rainproof jacket. Winters are dry with mild temperatures.
Other Activities
  • Hiking
  • Birding
Featured Guide/s


Closest Town
Getting There
Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge, which is a centrally placed base to work from lies approximately 20km’s east of the town of Makhado off the N1 highway and adjacent to Albisini Dam. It is best reached via the R524.


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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.