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. It is close to the N1, South Africa's primary national road, and only one-and-a-half hours' drive from Gauteng's major urban centres.
The conservancy provides sanctuary for some 72 mammal species, including a breeding herd of the rare Roan Antelope. In years of high rainfall, as many as 80.000 migratory water birds converge on the flood-plains, where up to 420 species have been identified.
Of this number, 365 species were identified in the reserve itself. The reserve provides habitat to 37 Red-Data species, hence its significance as a RAMSAR site. Five modern bird-hides are located in the reserve.
The prolific bird-life of the area makes it a great attraction for bird-lovers, researchers and tourists alike. It is not only the large numbers and many species of birds found in the reserve that attract tourists for a picnic or weekend, but also the 600 plant species.
There is a limited network of dirt roads for game-viewing, extensive walking and hiking, and mountain biking.
In addition there are campsites for thirty people and picnic facilities. An old farmhouse is used for research purposes and the reserve also has a lecture hall, which is ideal for conferences/meetings.
Highlights: Ramsar registered wetland area
Facilities: Dormitories, Lecture hall, Camping site, Picnic facilities
Activities: Birding, Game drives, Horse riding, Cycling, Hiking