• To bring birders of different skill levels together to share in the enjoyment of birding.

  • To provide a forum for the bird enthusiasts of Polokwane to become acquainted with one another, and to share birding information and experience.

  • To educate the community about birds and our natural world and to promote birding and bird conservation in the greater Polokwane region.

  • To organize birding events and educational programs and to provide information on birding opportunities in the Limpopo Province for anyone interested in birds or birding in the region.

  • To foster an appreciation and respect of our local natural resources, and the wild creatures with whom we co-exist.

    The Pietersburg Bird Club as it was then known was born in the mid 1970's and then unfortunately died a premature death in 1987, mainly as a result of the coincidental relocation of some of the key committee members. During these initial years the club was instrumental in turning a portion of the City's water purification works into a world-class bird sanctuary. Due to the efforts of the late Kobus Venter and the current chairman Joe Grosel the club was resurrected in 1998 when a core group of eight enthusiastic birders was assembled. In 2004 under the chairmanship of Dave Johnson the club joined ranks with BirdLife South Africa and is today one of three affiliated branches, and the largest in the Limpopo Province. The other branches in the province are Phalaborwa and Soutpansberg while the Naboomspruit bird club is an affiliated club. Birdlife Polokwane currently enjoys a membership of over 60 members and has attracted birders from neighbouring towns such as Mokopane (Potgietersrus), Mogwadi (Dendron) and Haenertsburg. The clubs main objective is to bring birders of different skill levels together to share in the enjoyment of birding and to promote this pastime and bird conservation in the greater Polokwane region.

    One of the great attractions of BirdLife Polokwane is its links with the Capricorn - Letaba birding route which now forms part of the Greater Limpopo Birding Route. Polokwane forms the basis of this prolific route and its 500 odd bird species. The main stomping ground for the members of BirdLife Polokwane is the Polokwane Nature Reserve situated a stones throw away from the city and home to over 330 bird species. This reserve is also known as the stronghold of the restricted Short-clawed Lark, a species which is proudly depicted in the clubs logo. Other popular birding hotspots within 50kms of the city are; Polokwane Bird Sanctuary, Turfloop Dam, Moletji vulture colony, the Haenertsburg montane grasslands, the Woodbush forests, Bewaarkloof nature reserve in the Wolkberg and the arid bushveld of Mogwadi to the north.

    BirdLife Polokwane has an active programme of events with monthly outings to some of the above-mentioned sites and quarterly excursions to birding areas further a field. Many of the members are active volunteers participating in national avian monitoring programs such as CWAC, BIRP and SABAP2. The club regularly hosts bird-ringing days as a public awareness exercise under the guidance of Professor Derek Engelbrecht who heads up the research and monitoring portfolio. BirdLife Polokwane has its monthly meetings at the Polokwane Golf Club in Voortrekker Street, Polokwane at 18h30 every first-Thursday of the Month. Meetings are complemented with guest speakers and light-hearted features such as bird identification quizzes and audio-visual shows. An informative monthly newsletter is also published.


«August 2022»

Please report any unusual
sightings to:

Derek Engelbrecht on
082 200 5277

Jody de Bruyn on
082 802 2085

happy birding