Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel

#29 of 51 in Parks in Greater Johannesburg
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Marievale Bird Sanctuary is a protected area in Gauteng, South Africa. It is about 10 km2 in size, and situated on the East Rand on the Blesbokspruit. The Blesbokspruit is a major perennial river in Gauteng which is flanked by extensive floodplains on either side.
No exact numbers are quoted, but a visitor's information pamphlet produced by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and available at the sanctuary claims that almost 300 bird species frequent the wetland. In addition, blesbok, Cape clawless otter, three species of mongoose, reedbuck and Cape hare have also been observed in the sanctuary. Access to the reserve is free and there are four bird hides (named Flamingo, Hadeda, Duiker and Shelduck) and a public picnic site in the reserve.

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  • What a beautiful place to visit, especially for bird photographers and bird watchers. The bird hides are kept in a good condition except for Shelduck hide which needs some serious maintenance...  more »
  • We are avid birders and are embarrassed to admit that in all the years we have lived in Johannesburg we have failed to visit this bird sanctuary. It's a tiny piece of birding paradise that overflows.....  more »
  • Awesome place to take the family and relax in nature. Decent braai area and great hides to view birds and other local wildlife.
  • Excellent birding spot, secure and well maintained.

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