Witsand to Barberspan
We Camped at Barberspan
The Barberspan Bird Sanctuary is a huge 2000 ha body of water located between Delareyville and Sannieshof. The Reserve is a pioneer in ornithological research.
The pans are located 17 km north west of Delareyville on the N14 to Sannieshof, 307 km from Johannesburg or an easy 3 hour drive.
Roads are suitable for all vehicles. No power boats are permitted on the pans. Canoes and rowing boats are restricted to the southern sector. A number of enterprising bird clubs have sponsored bird hides which is strategically positioned for the enjoyment of all. Barberspan hosts several important regional and national angling competitions.
The pans, which are fed by the Harts River, are an important drought refuge for waterfowl which arrive in numbers from the surrounding pans to wait out the dry seasons. Barberspan and the adjacent Leeupan, connected by a shallow channel, are over 4 000 ha in extent comprising shallow alkaline waters ideally suited to the many species which favour such conditions. Certain areas on the pans are designated for anglers to enjoy excellent fishing opportunities for carp, barbel and yellowfish. Boating opportunities are offered and a number of photographers hides are available.
Pelicans and flamingo, grebes, terns, herons, cranes, ibis and bitterns to mention just a few. All but one of the South African duck species have been recorded at the pans.
Accommodation is on a self-catering basis in of two houses sleeping 6 and 8 people, respectively. Each house is equipped with a bathroom and separate toilets, electricity, a fridge, stove, furniture, beds with mattresses, and an outdoor braai facility. Bring own bedding, pots, crockery and cutlery.
Weavers Nest is a large house with 3 and a half bathrooms, sleeping 16-20 people, equipped with a stove, table, chairs, beds an mattresses. There is an outdoor lapa for braais. Wood is available, bring own bedding.
Camping sites along the angling shore and a camp site on the northern side of the reserve are also available.