Polokwane Nature Reserve

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1 (1998)
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Area: 3,200 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2013 very high near favourable low
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Site description
This site lies 3 km south of Pietersburg, and comprises flat, open broadleaved savanna and grassland, with trees of Burkea, Terminalia, Combretum, Dichrostachys, Ziziphus and Acacia, and shrubs such as Ochna, Grewia and Barleria. On the flat bottomlands and termitaria zones, Acacia savanna occurs.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. The reserve supports at least 250 bird species. It is the only reserve in South Africa holding the isolated Pietersburg Plateau population of Certhilauda chuana. Birds of this disjunct population are quite distinct from those of the much larger, western population centred on south-eastern Botswana. In the surrounding woodland, Sagittarius serpentarius, Gyps africanus and G. coprotheres are scarce visitors. Other woodland specials include Eupodotis ruficrista, Turdoides bicolor, Cossypha humeralis, Cercotrichas paena, Eremomela usticollis, Calamonastes fasciolatus, Bradornis mariquensis, Laniarius atrococcineus, Eurocephalus anguitimens, Lamprotornis australis, Sporopipes squamifrons, Uraeginthus granatina, Estrilda erythronotos and Vidua regia.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Polokwane Nature Reserve. Downloaded from on 30/09/2020.