Marievale Bird Sanctuary











The Marievale Bird Sanctuary is situated in the southern half of the Blesbokspruit RAMSAR site, an area that is also a designated Important Bird Area (IBA SA021) in South Africa.

The sanctuary is about 10 km2 in size and comprises numerous, large, shallow waterbodies dominated by tall, at times dense stands of emergent vegetation consisting mainly of Phragmites, Typha and Juncus reeds.

Small patches of grassland are found on the eastern margin of the sanctuary.

The sanctuary hosts the largest variety of bird species in the Gauteng Province and, to date, over 280 species of birds and mammals have been recorded to cohabit the sanctuary.

A new conference centre and two overnight chalets have been developed and the sanctuary boasts four bird watching hides.


A = Turn off the R42 Road to Marievale Bird Sanctuary
A co-ordinates: 26 23 03.48S, 28 30 37.06 E
B = Parking area at Administrative Centre and Challets
B co-ordinates: 26 22 47.25 S, 28 30 27.70 E
C = Picnic Area

From Johannesburg via N17: Exit N17 in Springs area at Wit Road, turn south to Nigel on M63, this road joins R550 at Nigel, take R42 out of Nigel, immediately after crossing over the Blesbokspruit turn left off the R42 into the Marievale Bird Sanctuary at Point A.

A Security Check point, the Administration Centre, Conference Facility and Challets are at Point B. The Picnic Area at Point C is accessed by travelling past Point B along a gravel track northward for a distance of approximately 2.5 km, from here the Picnic area can be seen in a grove of trees.

Alternative from Johannesburg: Continue on the N17 after the Wit road exit and exit at Point D, Co-ordinates 26 19 10.63 S 28 35 26.66 E, turn right onto R42 and proceed to Point A, see above.




D42, Marievale, Nigel


Officer in Charge
082 830 5467

Opening Hours

April to September
05h30 - 19h00

October to March
06h00 - 18h00

There is no entrance fee






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