ACCOMMODATION IN SERINGVELD CONSERVANCY
Rustic bush camp sites (4x4 access only), guest house, B&B,in the Seringveld Conservancy.
Also at Mahala View chalets a tea garden over looking the Lion Camp, game drives and eco routes team building and hiking trails.
Little established tourism infrastructure exists within the Conservancy. Some accommodation options are listed below. Adams Country Arms offers excellent lunches and a birder-friendly welcome for the hungry bird party; bookings are recommended: 012 735 1994. Kloof Shop and R&R Butchery are good places to stop for refreshments and local information. Kloof also has fuel and the birding around the back of the shop is very interesting.
The Seringveld Conservancy, registered in 1997, includes some of the finest stands of broad-leafed woodland in Gauteng and boasts a requisite array of specials.
Stands of tall Boekenhout, Burkea and Terminalia trees hold the gems of this area, namely Tinkling Cisticola, Green-capped Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Eremomela. Pale Flycatcher, Flappet Lark, Fawn-coloured Lark, Bushveld Pipit, Brown-backed Honeybird and African Cuckoo Hawk are also regularly encountered.
The predominant habitat is broad-leafed woodland on sour veld, dominated by Boekenhout, Burkea (Wild Syringa) and Terminalia (Silver Clusterleaf). Several rocky ridges traverse the area, as do the Boekenhoutskloof- and Krokodilspruits, both of which have some vleis and small irrigation dams along their courses. Some patches of mixed acacia woodland are also found in the area, as well as fragments of natural grassland and old cultivated lands. The environment is largely unspoiled, although some sand quarries and cultivated lands are encountered and alien vegetation is problematic along the watercourses.
All of the land in the conservancy is privately owned and much is uninhabited. Birding is therefore confined to along the roadsides and properties for which access has been arranged. On the other hand, landowners are generally very well disposed to birders and are very accommodating. Roads within the area are generally poor although passable with sedan vehicles. The advantage is that these roads tend to be very quiet and are generally conducive to pleasant birding.
While the conservancy boasts a list of some 260-odd species, a visitor to the area may expect to find between 100 and 150 species in a day if all habitats are visited. Priority areas are the broad-leafed woodland in the central parts of the conservancy, particularly those along Rinkhals and Mambaweg. This is where one has the best chance of ticking the area’s specials, plus a range of other species such as the very vocal but shy