OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary in Potchefstroom Rural 2, Potchefstroom, North West
The OPM Prozensky Bird Sanctuary is situated south of Potchefstroom in the North West Province, South Africa.
The 70 hectare Bird Sanctuary can be found along the banks of the Mooi River where birders from all over the world flock to see a magnificent variety of species. With over 200 species, birdwatching is the main activity here. The park is designed with strategically placed hides, pathways and bridges for easy access and the best viewing.
The wetland attracts many species of water birds and waders during the summer months, some of which include the African Purple Swamphen and the Black-winged Stilt. Various species of duck and heron are also frequently spotted. In the glassveld species include waxbills, pipits, cisticolas and chats are prolific.
Bird ringing, for scientific research, is done on the first Sunday of every month from very early in the morning until noon and on the first Saturday of each month, the Birdlife Wesvaal hold open days where experienced birders guide the novice through the park.
In addition to the many birds, the park is home to several species of small mammal such as mongoose, otter and small rodents.
Things to do and see
- Guided Walks (by arrangement only)
- Open Days (guides for novice birders)
- Squacco Heron Hike (4 km)
- Grey Heron Hike (9 km)
- Bird Hides
- Bird Ringing
- Open Day for newcomers to birding
- Allocated pathways & Bridges
- Toilet Facilities
No admission fee is charged
Open daily during daylight hours. After office hours keys can be obtained by arrangement.
No Picnics, No Fires & No Smoking is allowed in the Reserve
Potchefstroom experiences its rainfall in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 18˚C.
The park was established in the 1980’s and named after the well-known ornithologist, Dr. OPM Prozesky of the Transvaal Museum who supported the cause of the reserve.
The disused sewage ponds in the area were attracting a large number of birds and nature lovers and the Potchefstroom Municipality wanted to establish a sanctuary were all forms of wildlife could be protected. The reserve became a joint project for the Birdlife Wesvaal and the Potchefstroom City Council.
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