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Nature

This is a region with an amazing diversity of fauna and flora, from mountain fynbos to centuries old baobabs, sacred forests to genuine 'hardekool- bosveld' it's all there. Step into the domain of the elusive loerie, or watch the majestic vultures circling the sides of the Blouberg. The Soutpansberg Limpopo area is a birders paradise with no less than 540 bird species and good birding spots are the Hangklip picnic spot, Pafuri Picnic spot in the Kruger National Park and the Blouberg Nature Reserve. Some of South Africa's Red data bird species occurring in the area include the Blackfronted bush shrike, bluespotted Dove, goldenbacked pytelia, Cape Vulture, Peregrine falcon, black stork and the bat hawk. No less than 555 tree species have been identified in the Soutpansberg. In addition, the mountain range is home to 94 mammal species, four kinds of tortoise, 44 lizard species, 48 snake species, 1 crocodile species, 23 amphibian species and one butterfly species. An amazing 145 trees species can be seen in the Indigenous Tree Sanctuary in Makhado (Louis Trichardt) and the Levubu Arboretum boasts 290 species. The various tree species at the Hanglip picnic site and Forest have been well marked. A nature reserve in which cycads are protected, the Mphaphuli Cycad Reserve lies east of Thoyoyandou and boasts a hiking trail. The Mountain contains 38 endemic plants and 46 (or 70%) of the 66 families of spiders which reflects the highest diversity in South Africa in one area.