Birding enthusiasts travel far and wide to South Africa, one of the hottest global destinations for feathered friend safaris. We see why after an encounter with a Pel’s Fishing Owl while walking to one of the river’s temporarily exposed islands. Limpopo Valley geography is uniquely conducive to a booming variety of avian species- the Limpopo River bordering Botswana and Zimbabwe creates a riverine oasis and a diverse range of habitats. Limpokwena Nature Reserve is part of the The Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route, as recognized by BirdLife South Africa. Over 600 bird species have been recorded in the province, with an impressive 35 Southern African endemics and 48 Southern African near-endemics. (more…)