Letsitele Valley is a scenic area near Tzaneen which offers excellent birding opportunities for beginners and twitchers alike. Top Bird Guide, David Letsoalo, usually offers this outing as an option for a second day of birding after picking up the Magoebaskloof specials in the Woodbush Forest, combining the trip to the Letsitele Valley with birding around Tzaneen where he will usually find the Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Magpie Mannikin, Croaking Cisticola, Holub’s Golden Weaver and the Green-backed Eremomela.
The private reserve in Letsitele Valley offers prime birding in a Broadleaf Bushveld habitat with large Mopane, Marula and Syringa trees hosting a wide variety of species such as Arnot’s Chat, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Stierling’s Wren Warbler, Grey Penduline-Tit, Striped Kingfisher, Grey-headed Kingfisher and many more. Apart from lovely sightings of dramatic-looking birds like the African Golden Oriole, David has spotted not only the Cape, Hooded, White-backed and Lappet-faced Vultures but also animals such as wild dogs, giraffe, impala, kudu and nyala. Letsitele Valley, with its picturesque landscapes, unique flora, and rich birdlife is sure to be a memorable and rewarding experience for any birding enthusiast.
Connect with David Letsoalo on 083 568 4678 or Paul Nkhumane on 084 354 9710 to book a guided birding outing in the diverse hotspots around Magoebaskloof and Tzaneen or check out www.limpopobirding.com.