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Location South Africa, Northern Province
Central coordinates 28o 5.00' East  24o 17.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A4ii
Area 375,000 ha
Altitude 900 - 1,670m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary The site consists of the Waterberg range and its cliffs. The area is characterised by open broadleaved woodland that is common on the plains below the Waterberg Mountains. Kransberg holds a large Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres colony of nearly 900 breeding pairs. 

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres resident  700-900 breeding pairs  A1, A4ii  Vulnerable 
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres winter  1,800-2,200 individuals  A4ii  Vulnerable 
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus resident  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Masebe Nature Reserve 7,749 protected area contained by site 4,542  
Waterberg UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 414,571 protected area contains site 375,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Woodland - mixed  -
Shrubland Scrub - forest  -
Savanna Wooded grassland  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 30%
unknown -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Waterberg System. Downloaded from on 01/09/2014

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