Free State (Central) – Kloofeind
About the Birding
The main attraction at Kloofeind is undoubtedly the presence of African Rock Pipit – this is the closest locality to Bloemfontein for this species, and it is quite easy to hear and see this sought-after endemic here. Good area to search for them is: -29.164269, 26.042364. Other species to be found include Layard’s Tit-babbler (Warbler), Fairy Flycatcher, Grey-backed Cisticola and Short-toed Rock Thrush. Cape Penduline-tit, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Karoo Scrub Robin, Nicholson’s Pipit and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting are generally common.
About the Birding Site
Kloofeind is privately-owned land situated next to the N8, about 20km west of Bloemfontein. The steep rocky hillsides and extensive plateaus are dominated by wild olive trees, sagewood (Buddleja sp.) and several other shrub species. The surrounding areas comprise mainly Themeda triandra grassland with eroded areas with small karroid shrubs. An area known as Linden, with thorn trees as well as two small dams is also part of Kloofeind.
Other Related Information
Kloofeind is easily reached from the N8, about 20 km west of Bloemfontein. When traveling west, travel past the turn off (left) to the tarred road sign-posted “Kloofeind” and continue on the N8 just past the Lochs Hoek Farm for All bakery/deli (great spot for pit stop) on the left hand side; the gravel turn-off to Kloofeind farm is soon after Lochs Hoek on the left hand side of the N8. Use the entrance over the cattle grid. The large hill of Kloofeind is clearly visible on the left hand side of the farm road/track.