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About us

Outside chalets

Zaagkuilsdrift Bird Sanctuary and Lodge was founded in 2011 but the idea of a safe haven where birds can breed freely and safely, was born much earlier to Mr Sooi Verheem who has a great interest and passion for birds. 

The entire area is known as one of the best birding areas in Limpopo and Crake road makes for excellent birding.   Zaagkuilsdrift Bird Sanctuary and Lodge is also part of the Southern Ground-Hornbill and Wattle Crane Recovery Programme.

In addition to the beautiful birds, we offer luxurious accommodation to those who does not want to leave. Work on the chalets and guesthouse are completed and we can now proudly offer fully catered accommodation. We are also fully licensed so you can just come, sit back and relax! We also have a unit available which is wheel chair friendly.

There are also numerous activities to keep everyone busy, a huge swimming pool to cool off after a day in the bush. We also offer game drives, mountain biking, jungle gym, and walks through nature.

Our Chalets & Other Interests in the Area

There are nine units available that can sleep up to 30 people, beautifully decorated with inspiration from our birds. The chalets are all grouped together with a dam close-by where you can watch the game drink water and view local birds and animals who enjoys the tranquillity. All accommodation is fully catered and our chef takes pride in serving the best meals ever to make your experience more unforgettable. Enjoy your late night coffee at the boma with the sounds of the fire breaking the silence of the night.

Should you wish to explore the Pienaarsriver area, you can download a map here, showing other places of interest that you can visit at your leisure.

  • Outside chalets
  • Outside chalets
  • Sunset over the lodge
  • Lodge sunset
  • Lodge sunset
  • Diningroom