Welcome to the Zaagkuilsdrift
Bird Sanctuary and Lodge!
Welcome to Zaagkuilsdrift!
Situated in the beautiful Pienaarsriver area, approximately 50 kilometers from Pretoria you will find Zaagkuildrift Bird Sanctuary and Lodge. A fantastic birding area that boasts 430 different bird species, with a lodge that offers peace and quiet, excellent accommodation and great food.
Zaagkuilsdrift is proud to be recognised as a Birdlife South Africa destination
Some background of the lodge
Zaagkuilsdrift Bird Sanctuary and Lodge is part of the Southern Ground-Hornbill Recovery Programme and all Southern Ground-Hornbills on the farm are registered on the PAAZAB studbook and as such are managed through the PAAZAB African Preservation Programme. Our facility was of those chosen for captive breeding to help build a conservation insurance population with adequate genetic diversity with the potential for contribution to the reintroduction programme. The enclosures were specifically designed for the long-term housing of Ground-Hornbills.
Wild Dog Project
The decline of the African wild dog populations is ongoing, due to habitat fragmentation, human persecution, and disease outbreaks. Zaagkuilsdrift has obtained four Wild dogs as part of a breeding programme.
The African wild dog is a highly social animal, living in packs with separate dominance hierarchies for males and females. Uniquely among social carnivores, it is the females rather than the males that scatter from the natal pack once sexually mature, and the young are allowed to feed first on carcasses. The species is a specialised diurnal hunter of antelopes, which it catches by chasing them to exhaustion. Like other canids, it regurgitates food for its young, but this action is also extended to adults, to the point of being the bedrock of African wild dog social life. It has few natural predators, though lions are a major source of mortality, and spotted hyenas are frequent kleptoparasites.
What our clients say
My story might be a bit long to read, but just like a student in art class cannot hand in an uncoloured mosaic, our experience at Zaagkuilsdrift is most definitely worth colouring! Last year December, I was looking for a...Read more
Zaagkuildrift Lodge is ideally located for birders who want to visit the excellent and well know birding areas Kgomo-Kgomo and the Zaagkuildift road. In addition the property itself hosts numerous bird species. The property borders the Pienaars River and it...Read more
Of all of the places I have stayed all over the world, Zaagkuilsdrift is by far one of my favourite places. Close to nature and as a bird photographer and nature lover, I can relax and enjoy nature in a...Read more
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