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  Venetia-Limpopo and Mapungubwe birding weekend
8-11 February 2007

Venetia-Limpopo NR and Mapungubwe National Park

Venetia-Limpopo NR adjoins Mapungubwe National Park - a superb new birding area in the Limpopo Valley. It offers a host of specials such as Tropical Boubou, Meve's Starling, Senegal Coucal, Three-banded Courser, Square-tailed Nightjar, Southern Hyliota and Pel's Fishing Owl. February is normally peak season for this fabulous area and we will expect a host of migrants to be present.

The February 2007 trip will be based at Little Muck Lodge, which is situated within the Limpopo-Venetia Nature Reserve, which includes a concession area within the boundary of Mapungubwe, which is managed by de Beers. This lodge offers superb birding itself, but is very well placed to explore eastern Mapungubwe, Den Staat and Western Mapungubwe (the latter includes the Maloutswa pan area.)

The weekend includes a guided tour of the Mapungubwe archeological site itself.

For more on the birding in the area, please take a look at our trip report which can be read here.

The weekend will be led by Etienne Marais. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 13 people, and two local guides will assist Etienne in showing you the birds of the area.


The cost is R 1600.00 per person sharing for the weekend.
Single price is R 1800.00 per person

This includes:

Accomodation on a self-catering basis at Little Muck Lodge. Little Muck is a superb spot and is well equipped with kitchen, wonderful braai area etc. You will need to bring your own food for the weekend, and most days this will take the form of picnic lunches in the various areas we visit. We will return each night to Little Muck lodge for a braai.

It also includes your entrance fee to Mapungubwe National Park (South Africans).

Transport is not included. Please contact us if you are interested in doing the tour on a full-service basis, in which case you will travel with Etienne Marais in either a 4x4 double cab or VW microbus, depending on numbers.

Provisional Itinerary

Thursday 8 February

  • Meet at Little Muck Lodge (5 hours from Gauteng) for a braai.
  • Night birding in Little Muck area.
Friday 9 February
  • Eastern Mapungubwe (Leokwe). Birding here will include the Limpopo forest Boardwalk and Limpopo Confluence look-out areas.
  • In the mid-morning we will meet our guides to be taken on a conducted tour of the Mapungubwe Heritage site .
  • Afternoon drive to Schroda dam area, followed by pre-sunset birding walk around Little Muck.
Saturday 10 February
  • Morning drive to Den Staat wetlands and farm area. This is a private farm enclosed within the national park which offers superb wetland and bush birding. We spend the full morning birding in the Den Staat area.
  • In the afternoon visit Western Mapungubwe and Maloutswa Pan Hide. Return late to Little Muck (Night drive en-route)
Sunday 11 February
  • Early morning departure from Little Muck - birding along the Limpopo in Western Mapungubwe National Park.
  • Late morning departure from Mapungubwe and proceed to Ratho, further up the Limpopo, where we we look for Pel's fishing Owl and other birds.
  • Departure home via Alldays.

We will send you more details, maps and directions once you have confirmed your booking.

Catered Options:

There is the option of doing the weekend on a fully catered basis. Please indicate if you are interested in this option, which will cost approximately R150-00 per day, depending on numbers.

Bookings Booking of places on this weekend is on a first-payed first served basis and a 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking.

When you make your payment please use your initials followed by map07 as the reference, and fax or e-mail your payment advice/deposit slip to us at fax: 0866 187 252 or send proof of payment to

Our banking account details are as follows:

Bank :Nedbank, Branch Business Pretoria, Account type: Cheque account. Account Name: Indicator Birding CC Branch Code: 149-745 ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1497 068 738

To get an idea of what the weekend will be like, take a look at our trip reports from March 06, and May 06 or download the Mapungubwe checklist here.

Please contact for pricing and to book your place on this exciting weekend.

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