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Barberspan Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Barberspan Natuur Reservaat

A pan at Barberspan Nature Reserve

Barberspan Nature Reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

North West

Barberspan Nature Reserve is one of the largest sanctuaries for waterbirds in southern Africa. The pan covers 2,000 hectares and is home to many species of birds.

The pan is located 17 km from Delareyville on the N14. It is about a 3 hour drive to get there from Johannesburg.

The main attractions at Barberspan Nature Reserve are birding and fishing. Birders have built up a checklist of over 360 species over the years. This includes a number of birds that are not normally seen in the southern African region. Anglers will be hoping to catch Yellowfish, Carp and Barbel.

The accommodation options available at Barberspan are camp sites along the waters edge and 3 houses. There is not much in the way of other facilities.

The entrance to Barberspan Nature Reserve

Entrance to Barberspan Nature Reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

A boardwalk leads to a hide

Boardwalk to one of the hides

Photo © Johan van Zyl



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