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South Africa Northern Cape
BushmanlandBrandvlei area: Open semi-desert plains. Sclater's and Red Larks, Black-eared Finchlark, Burchell's Courser.
Pofadder area: Open plains, mountains, dunes. Red Lark, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler.
Augrabies Falls National Park: Cliffs, plains and riverine. Pale-winged Starling, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler.
Die Bos Nature Reserve - PrieskaSatellite View
A ±62ha reserve on the banks of the mighty Orange River. African Black Duck is seen often with Cape Francolin, both Ashy and Grey Tit, Pririt Batis, African Fish-eagle, Lesser Honeyguide and Pearlspotted Owlet at its most southern limit
- Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Excellent for arid savanna species, raptors and large mammals such as Lion, Cheetah and Gemsbok. Burchell`s Sandgrouse at waterholes.
Granite outcrops with sparse vegetation. Grey-backed-, Cloud- and Zitting Cisticola occurs here with Karoo Long-billed Lark, Pale Chanting Goshawk and the nomadic Black-headed Canary seen on regular intervals.
Port Nolloth: Coastal dune and pan. Barlow's Lark, Cape Long-billed Lark, Damara Tern
Goegap Nature Reserve in Springbok: Karoo Eremomela, Cape Eagle Owl
Spitskop Nature ReserveInformation
En-route to Kgaligadi National Park outside Upington. Namaqua Warbler, Ashy Tit, Fawn-coloured Lark, Spike-heeled Lark, Pygmy Falcon and Shorttoed Rock-thrush occurs in this jewel.
Van Wyk's VleiSatellite View
Semi-desert area with flocks of Black-eared Sparrowlarks, the uncommon and nomadic Sclater's Lark and the highly habitat-specialised Red Lark.
Cape Bird ClubWebsite
The site has some general info about birds and birding in Cape Province as well as a gallery and other useful info.
Augrabies Falls National ParkInformation
The Khoi people call it Akoerabis, the place of the Great Noise, referring to the Orange River thundering its way downwards for 60 metres in a spectacular waterfall. The 88 000 hectares on both sides of the Orange River provide sanctaury to a diversity
Kgalagadi Transfrontier ParkInformation
Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-maned lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors... this is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Richtersveld National ParkInformation
Conjure up a desolate and forbidding landscape, seemingly devoid of life, except for some people dotting along the horizon. Make a startling discovery upon closer inspection when the mirage dissolves into the human-like half-men (half person) and the harsh environment prove to be a treasure-chest containing the world’s richest desert flora...
Spitskop Nature ReserveInformation
The reserve is situated 13 km north of Upington and measures 5,641 hectares and derives its name from a prominent steep rocky hill close to the entrance.
Tankwa-Karoo National ParkInformation
Tankwa-Karoo National Park & Northern Cape Nature and Game Reserves: The 80,000 hectare Tankwa Karoo National Park, proclaimed in 1986 and still in a development stage, is at present in a veld recovery phase and it will be some time before the original vegetation re-establishes itself. Even so, after the occasional shower, the park erupts into a dazzling display of flowering succulents...
Tswalu Private Desert ReserveWebsite
Tswalu is situated in an enormous private game reserve in the Kalahari Desert in the Northern Cape. Tswalu features harsh thorn bush, rolling grass plains, stark mountains and immense African skies...
Vaalbos National ParkInformation
Waking up in Vaalbos in summer the air is filled with the displaying sounds of Eastern Clapper Lark. Species typical of the arid west such as White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Ashy Tit, Cape Penduline Tit and Rufous-vented Titbabbler should be looked out for. Northern Black Korhaan, Secretarybird and Martial Eagle are some of the larger species to look out for. White-fronted Bee-eaters are prominent near the Vaal River...
2001 [March] - Christoph Moning & Christian WagnerReport
This was our first trip to Africa. Therefore the trip-target was to see as many African species as possible. For this reason we did not plan our trip around certain key species (although everyone of us had several special 0birds in mind). We tried to visit the most characteristic and important habitats. As we had only three weeks time, we decided just to visit the Northern and Western Cape provinces...
2004 [February] - Nick Ransdale - Bushmanland and the Kalahari GemsbokReport
A long held desire to visit the Kalahari was the real catalyst for this trip. Access through South Africa is the easiest way to get there, so we decided to fly into Cape Town and bird the route north to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, or the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, as it is now known...
Birding AfricaTour Operator
Birding Africa is run by three Capetonian birders and naturalists, Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode and Peter Ryan, all based at the University of Cape Town`s Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. Callan and Claire are postgraduate research students, and have recently published an new birding site guide to Cape Town and beyond: Essential Birding - Western South Africa. Peter is a lecturer and researcher, and the author of numerous publications, most recently a new field guide to the birds of Afrotropics.
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Birdwatch CapeTour Operator
The Western & Northern Cape Provinces cover much of the dry west of South Africa. The area extends north and east of the beautiful Cape Peninsula into a vast, sparsely populated semi desert known as the Karoo. Further north still lies the unique & mysterious Kalahari Desert. Our vegetation, climate and positioning on the African continent makes us home to 290 easily seen bird species including 70% of all Southern African endemics...
Brian's Birding ToursTour Operator
Specialises in personalised Birdwatching tours in the Western and Northern Cape. We do Birding Day Trips and Overnight Tours from Cape Town, as far as the Kalahari National Park. We offer customised Birding, tailored to your birding wishes...
SafariWise (South Africa)Tour Operator
Birding Safaris are offered in the Western Cape to organised groups, family groups and specialist groups with an emphasis on the endemic birds of the region. Birding and general safaris are also offered for the rest of Southern Africa which include Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.
Excellent birding opportunities on farms and in rural areas in South Africa -- Click around and discover the wide variety of farmstays and activities on farms and in rural areas offering quality facilities in attractive yet unconventional surroundings and at tariffs you can afford - bed and breakfast, self-catering, game viewing, bird watching, hiking, biking, 4x4 routes, fly-fishing, horse riding, and many more...
Northern Cape B & BAccommodation
8 Bed and Breakfasts in Northern Cape South Africa...
Tswalu Private Desert ReserveAccommodation
Nine spacious, fully air-conditioned thatch and stone suites surround the main lodge - Over 40 different species of animals and over 250 species of birds may be seen when exploring the vast landscape by open sided game vehicles, on horseback or on a game walking trail.
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