The Sandveld Nature Reserve, named after its mostly sandy soils, is renowned as a major birding spot, not only in the Free State, but in the country.
295 species of bird have been recorded at the reserve, which has been described as the closest thing to the Kalahari without having to actually go there. Camelthorn trees, Karoo scrub, sweet-thorn savannah, large colonies of sociable weavers, crimson-breasted shrikes, waxbills, cuckoos and larks are characteristic of the area.
The Reserve is not about birds alone - white rhino, giraffe, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, blue wildebeest, zebra and other mammals are all present. A move to the waters edge will reveal an abundance of water birds – flamingo, egrets, pelican and spoonbills. Even sightings of the Martial eagle have been recorded. And for those who so choose - hunting permits are available.