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Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Korsman Bird Sanctuary

This 49hectare bird sanctuary, little more than a kilometre from the centre of Benoni, encompasses a small natural pan which occupies over half the total area. It is considered one of South Africa's best urban bird sanctuaries. The GPS coordinates are 26°11' 36" S and 28°17' 36" E.

The Sanctuary is fenced and access to the public is not generally allowed. There are no hides. It is completely encircled by The Drive. A 2,5 kilometre grass sidewalk allows views from all sides. Raised benches allow good views over the pan. The fence is generally no more than 20 or 30 metres from the edge of the pan, depending on fluctuating water levels. With access being restricted the main attraction is inevitably the birdlife.

The Sanctuary is regarded as relatively safe, located in a boom controlled access area (with no entry fee). The grass verge between The Drive and the fence lends itself to picnics though there are no toilet facilities or shops in the immediate vicinity. However there are a number of restaurants immediately to the east, in Western Extension.
141 species of birds have been recorded. Ones which are not commonly seen in urban and suburban areas but can be seen in the sanctuary's aquatic setting include the Cape Shoveler, African Spoonbill, African (Purple) Swamphen, Hottentot Teal, Red-billed Teal, Reed Cormorant, White-breasted Cormorant, African Darter, Maccoa Duck, White faced whistling duck, Greater Flamingo, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Goliath Heron, Pied Kingfisher, Lesser Flamingo, Little Bittern and Black Crake.

The sanctuary is looked after by Korsman Conservancy, a non-profit company of volunteers, in conjunction with the city council, dedicated to maintaining its natural state and indigenous fauna and flora, free of aliens. This includes collecting litter and regular burns.

More details on the Conservancy, its history, fauna and flora listings and how to become a member can be seen on the website at http://www.korsmanconservancy.com/ while coming events, recent sightings and other topical issues can be seen on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/korsmanconservancy/. The Facebook page is also used by the public to report unusual sightings, ask questions etc.

Accommodation Near Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Sleeps: 16 in 4 units/rooms

Africa Paradise O.R Tambo Airport Boutique Hotel

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Benoni

0.4km North of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Elegant, safe and affordable Guest Lodge with warm hospitality situated just 5 min. from OR Tambo International Airport with free airport shuttle it is an ideal place for business and tourists.

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Sleeps: 37 in 15 units/rooms

Homestead Lake Cottage

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Benoni

2.9km North West of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Homestead Lake Cottage is an upmarket guest house and selfcatering establishment situated in Benoni. We offer 15 bed and breakfast rooms as well at the option of selfcatering in our cottage and one of our suites.

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Sleeps: 32 in 16 units/rooms

Flamingo's Nest Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Benoni

7.2km North of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Flamingo's Nest situated on Benoni's Sand Pan, a beautiful setting where bird life is plentiful, we offer a friendly welcome and a tranquil atmosphere. Flamingo's Nest is a delight for birdwatchers and every guest's pleasure. Flamingo's Nest was...

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The Lakehouse Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Brakpan

7.8km South East of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

The Lakehouse Guesthouse is located on a natural lake in the Dalpark Bird Sanctuary - designed for the pleasure of our guests. We are situated just off the R23 and N17 highway, across the way from the famous Carnival City Casino and Entertainment...

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Blueberry Place

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport

7.8km North West of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Blueberry place is a self-catering deluxe guesthouse that consists of a self-catering unit, which offers all you will ever need to feel as if you're home. The open plan kitchen, and dining room that leads out to the braai area, makes this house...

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Gateway Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Benoni

9.1km North of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Gateway Guest House is conveniently situated on the Benoni (City of Lakes) / Kempton Park border and only 10 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport. 20 minutes to Johannesburg and 25 minutes to Pretoria.

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Towers Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Germiston

9.3km South of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Towers Lodge is situated in Elspark, on the border of Germiston & Boksburg, in a safe, up market suburb next to the N17 highway. 18 Luxury rooms sleep two or three. We also have 1 wheelchair friendly room. Tea and coffee in each room...

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Sleeps: 9 in 4 units/rooms

Sugar Rose Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport

11.1km North West of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Sugar Rose Guesthouse set in the peaceful neighbourhood of Glen Marais offers a peaceful and tranquil setting where you can relax and recharge.

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Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms

Breena BnB Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Edenvale

11.8km West of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Breena BnB Guest House is a Uniquely, Up-market, BEAUTIFUL venue specially designed for the "Discerning Guest", specifically aimed at Business Travelers (because of the convenience and close proximity to the O.R.Tambo International Airpo...

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Sleeps: 49 in 5 units/rooms

Woodpecker's Inn

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport

12.7km North West of Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Woodpecker's inn is an up market Bed & Breakfast guesthouse situated in Kempton Park, 15 minutes drive from the OR Tambo International Airport.

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