|TREEHAVEN WATERFOWL TRUST
Situated 3km from Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa, and only a 45 minute drive from Sandton, Johannesburg, Treehaven Waterfowl Trust is an oasis comprising 30 acres of specially developed wetlands dedicated to the world’s waterfowl.
* All 16 species of South African ducks
* 116 species of exotic ducks, geese and swans
* Over 65 species of wild water birds that visit TWT regularly
* 4 Species of Flamingos
* All 3 South African crane species, which form part of a captive breeding program , for release into the wild
* Beautiful gardens and cascading water
We sell excess stock of exotic waterfowl to collectors and organizations all over the world. We house here 140 species of waterfowl and have to date bred 113 species, including all 16 South African species.
Small ponds and pens are concentrated near the house and are for the more sensitive, delicate species. The larger ponds, which are less wooded, are for the geese, swans and larger ducks. These open ponds are also favoured by the hundreds of wild, indigenous duck, which come and go, utilizing the food, nesting facilities and security that Treehaven offers.
Treehaven has grown from 2 species to 140 different species of ducks, geese and swans. It houses of course all 16 indigenous Southern African species, all of which breed successfully every year. A total of 113 species have been bred successfully, one of the most recent being the Trumpeter Swan. This was very exciting, as it is only the second time they have been bred in South Africa. There are also 70 species of wild water birds, which frequent the wetlands regularly such as: herons, ibises and kingfishers.
The climate at TWT is perfect for all species of waterfowl. The summers, although hot, are not too hot for the Arctic species. Oldsquaws, Harlequins, Scoters and Eiders are all kept successfully. The winters are cold (-10°C in the morning is not uncommon) but dry and still bearable for the tropical species such as the Hawaiian Geese and whistling ducks. Day length does pose a problem for the far northern species causing irregularities during the moult. However, this is overcome by placing them in the TLC (Tender Loving Care) camp, which consists of only wire and water, and is protected from rain. Their broken feathers are plucked and their feeding is monitored closely. After 6-8 weeks they are ready for release onto the pond. Day length problems are reduced slightly by lengthening the summer days by means of large spotlights.
What started as a hobby has become a passion and desire to collect, breed and research all of the waterfowl species of the world. Treehaven also has the aim to create public awareness of waterfowl, the delicate habitats that they live in and how to preserve them. To this end they have just opened the bird park to the public 4 days a week, Thursday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Pre – booked tours are also offered at TWT for the more discerning birders.
Facilities at Treehaven include a fully equipped incubation room where Grumbach incubators are used to hatch most of the smaller species of waterfowl eggs. Geese and swans are generally left to incubate their own eggs.
We offer guided tours for schools, clubs and other institutions. Prices are available on request.
Relax and indulge in some light refreshments while enjoying the view. The coffee shop is open Thursday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm and entrance is free. Functions and meetings can be arranged throughout the week.
Treat yourselves to a night in the luxurious King Eider or Herlequin Suite, amongst the largest selection of Waterfowl in the world.
One suite sleeps two, offering self-catering, access to the bird sanctuary, digital stellite television, fishing facilities, swimming pool, sauna & jacuzzi. Bring along your camera, binoculars and good walking shoes.
Tel:+27 (0)16 4236740
Fax:+27 (0)16 4232225