Birding in the Vaal Triangle
The Vaal Triangle area between Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark stretching as far as Sasolburg is known by locals and other tourists for its numerous bird species. The height of birding in the Vaal Triangle consist of various birds like raptors specifically the Fish Eagles to herons, cranes and even ducks around isolated ponds. Different species can be seen in both natural and reformed habitats i.e. sanctuaries and bird parks. Birding in the Vaal Triangle is educational for those wanting to learn especially for kids, so the experience is all round and tour guides are very involved. These Nature Reserves educate travellers that if you want to fully experience the scenery and surroundings of a nature reserve or game reserve you are visiting it is important to respect these animal habitats, also to be subtle in your movements which helps in picking the best spot to listen for the sounds of these vast species so as to easily locate them and see them properly in their natural habitat. Abstract species such as the Fish Eagle is what makes birding in the Vaal Triangle so popular because these majestic birds can usually be seen catching its fish prey on the vast open Vaal Dam if you are lucky, however rarely seen to the cover of dense trees because they nest at the top of those trees. So as a traveller or avid bird watcher coming from across the country or globe for that matter, you are likely to check in hotels that are near these nature reserves or are situated in surroundings that allow you to see them in a natural space from the comfort of your room balcony. Hotels like Vaalnest Boutique Hotel have a unique setting that allows for this, because the views are great to see raptors like the Fish Eagle catch its meal. Ultimately birding in the Vaal Triangle is more popular at the Vaal River and Vaal Dam Nature Reserve, the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and the nearby Marievale Bird Sanctuary in Southern Gauteng. All these reformed habitats for these species have various facilities to make your birding experience be worthwhile and also learning material to keep you on the loop.