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Reviewed 17 October 2015

Not teaming with bird life in autumn or winter but a peaceful environment that has the benefit of being able to get out of the car and explore on foot - encountered 5 or 6 curious giraffe really close up - breathtaking! Close to Johannesburg so an easy destination when needing to get back to nature.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

They have loads of birds, yo can go on a gamedrive by yourself aswell and enjoy their wildlife. It was truely fun.

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and facilities of the reserve. Sadly many public reserves are neglected and is a poor state. Even though I didn't experience it after the rains, it was a lovely outing. Spoonbill restaurant on site is a bit expensive. They should think of offering tea and scones to attract day visitors.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 27 May 2015

the look out points had been burnt down 2 years ago and now there is only one left. Told that they would be rebuilt - wonder when! Upkeep seems minimal - very sad since this should be a top birding area

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 12 March 2015

Nylsvley is an internationally renowned RAMSAR site, the 4,000-ha Nylsvley Conservancy forms part of South Africa's largest flood-plain, the 16,000-ha Nyl River Flood-plain that stretches over 70 km from Modimolle to Mokopane.

We decided to do a short visit for the weekend, with just one overnight. As it is very hot during this time of the year, we decided to stay in one of the 3 chalets they have, and not camp, as there is no electricity at the camping sites. And a little aircon helps during this time of the year. If you don't mind the heat, then by all means camp, as it is not only very very reasonable to camp, but it is a small and intimate camping ground. The chalet is small, neat and tidy, with beds, linen etc. Small kitchenette. Also with everything you need and a bathroom with shower. Just take your own food. Cost of chalet is around R530.00 per night for the chalet (+-43USD).
It is very quiet and peaceful at Nylsvley.

During the flood season, up to 80 000 birds can flock onto the wetland. However, the flood season does not happen every year, and sometimes 3 years can pass without a flood season. We were fortunate enough to see many birds, i.e Amur Falcon, African Crake, lots of swallows and many more. Most people say the summer months are the best time to visit, but in winter you have all the "bush" birds as well, so this is definitely an all round year place to visit.

My only negative remark is that 3 of the hides burnt down in 2013 and as yet, no effort has been made to rebuild it, making it difficult for one to get elevation to look over the wetlands, to easier view the birds. However, the bird hide at Vogelfontein is still there and it is a true delight to sit there and do birding.

I recommend Nylsvley and am definitely planning on going back soon

Date of experience: March 2015
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