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.
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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.
The Wattled Crane Project
Wattled cranes are almost extinct and we received three, 7-month old chicks from the Wattle Crane Recovery Program. (KZN Wild Life, KZN Crane Foundation, PAAZA, JHB Zoo & Endangered Wild Life Trust) The birds are raised with the purpose of breeding more birds in captivity as to build a sustainable population in captivity, which eventually may lead to some being released back into the wild.
Interesting Facts about Wattled Cranes:
At a height of up to 175 cm, it is the largest crane in Africa and is the second tallest species of crane, after the Sarus Crane. The wingspan is 230–260 cm, the length is typically 120 cm and weight is 6.4–7.9 kg in females, 7.5–9 kg in males. Among standard measurements, the wing chord length is 61.3–71.7 cm, the exposed culmen is 12.4–18.5 cm and the tarsus is 23.2–34.2 cm.
The back and wings are ashy gray. The feathered portion of the head is dark slate gray above the eyes and on the crown, but is otherwise white, including the wattles, which are almost fully feathered and hang down from under the upper throat. The breast, primaries, secondaryies, and tail coverts are black. The secondaries are long and nearly reach the ground. The upper breast and neck are white all the way to the face. The skin in front of the eye extending to the base of the beak and tip of the wattles is red and bare of feathers and covered by small round wart-like bumps.
Wattled cranes have long bills and black legs and toes. Males and females are virtually indistinguishable, although males tend to be slightly larger.
Juveniles have tawny body plumage, lack the bare skin on the face, and have less prominent wattles.
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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