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Wakkerstroom, a sleepy village in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, is a well known birding destination. The village celebrated the 150th anniversary of its establishment in 2009.
The village is at the foot of Voortrekkerkop and Scotch Hill and is surrounded by water, undulating mountains, wild flowers, grasslands, birds and interesting people. The village has few paved roads and it is not unusual to see the odd goat wandering about the town. One of the local bistros welcomes visitors on horseback, even providing a rail for horses to be tied to.
Near the village is a wetland reserve, a premier birding site where rare South African endemic species can be seen, and which is now a South African National Heritage Site. The village has a birding route, trained guides and four hides around the wetland. The area features birds from three habitats - wetlands, high altitude grasslands and forests