Central Karoo – Nieu-Bethesda
About the Birding
Around 280 bird species are known to occur within the wider Nieu-Bethesda area including several threatened and endemic species. Much of the area is privately owned and birding in the vicinity of the town is done using several unpaved roads along which the full compliment of species can be seen. The vegetation in the wider area is a mixture of arid karoo veld and recovering grassland – an artefact of several decades of intensive livestock farming in the region.
About the Birding Site
The vast central Karoo is one of South Africa’s most iconic ecosystems, blanketed by semi-desert drought adapted vegetation and characterised by endless plains broken only by isolated conical hills. The region is dotted with picturesque towns and villages, many with a quaint charm and old-fashioned way about them. The largest among these is the picturesque town of Graaf-Rienet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa and the administrative centre for virtually the entire Karoo region.
Other Related Information
From Graaf Rienet – head north along the N9 for 30Km, before turning north-west in the direction of Nieu-Bethesda. This, and other, unpaved roads in the area provide access to all important habitats in the area.