Free State (East) – Bethlehem & Loch Athlone
About the Birding
The Loch Athlone Dam offers excellent birding, with a large variety of waterfowl on offer, including Reed- and White-breasted Cormorants, African Darter, large flotillas of Red-knobbed Coot, Little- and occasionally Great Crested Grebes, various duck species, including South African Shelduck, White-backed Duck and along the quieter banks, overhung by willows, African Black Duck.
About the Birding Site
Bethlehem is nestled in the eastern Free State between the Loch Athlone dam to the south, Loch Lomond pan to the north and the Sol Plaatjies dam to the east. The town itself and surrounding areas offer great birding. Apart from the open water and fringing habitats of dams, wetlands and rivers in the area, other habitats include typical sandstone koppies and cliffs of the eastern Free State, sheltered kloofs / valleys with indigenous vegetation and wide-open grasslands.
Other Related Information
Recommended accommodation nearby:
Various types of accommodation are available in Bethlehem, from where all the sites mentioned are easily accessible.
Local guide information:
No BirdLife Recommended Tour Operators or local guides are currently available in the area.