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Location South Africa, Northern Province
Central coordinates 28o 58.00' East  23o 7.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 30,000 ha
Altitude 1,100 - 2,051m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary Blouberg is an isolated inselberg that lies to the west of the Soutpansberg range, some 80 km west of Louis Trichardt. The cliffs at Blouberg regularly hold between 600 and 920 pairs of Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  820-870 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  1,700-1,900 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Blouberg Nature Reserve 12,833 protected area contained by site 4,450  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Woodland - mixed  -
Grassland   -
Savanna   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 17%
tourism/recreation -
forestry 14%
nature conservation and research 8%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Blouberg. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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