Winter Birding – Part 1 – Calvinia to Kgalagadi


We traveled from Hermanus to Calvinia in wet, rainy and cold weather and spent the night at The Blou Nartje, a comfortable guest house with some good historical connections.  The trip from there to Upington was uneventful, with little to see in the way of birds.  The scenery, however, is typical Karoo/Bushmanland and very bleak.  Occasional outcrops of dolerite litter the landscape with the boulders showing desert varish.  Near Brandvlei there was occasional water at the roadside, attesting to recent rains, and by the time we reached Kenhardt, spring flowers were starting to show.

Upington is dominated by the Solar 1 power generating facility that rises some 60 metres and is visible from around 50 kilometres away.  We spent the night in the upmarket Riverplace Manor, where we could view the birdlife present on the Orange river. Next morning we traveled the relatively short distance to the Kgalagadi National Park…

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