Free State (South) – Smithfield
About the Birding
Smithfield Mountain is accessed by travelling north out of Smithfield on the N6, and turning left onto the S119 (-30.188922, 26.515550), just after passing the town dam (on the right). Immediately after turning left, the gate on the left leads to a track through grassland and sparsely vegetated, bushy flatlands. Birds to look out for in the flat areas include Blue Crane, Ludwig’s Bustard, Blue and Northern Black Korhaan, Melodious, Eastern Clapper, Spike-heeled, Large-billed and Red-capped Lark, African, Buffy and Plain-backed Pipit and Ant-eating Chat.
About the Birding Site
Located between Bloemfontein and East London, this little Free State town markets itself as being “halfway to anywhere in South Africa”. Situated on the friendly N6 between Reddersburg to the north and Rouxville and Aliwal North to the south, the small town of Smithfield is relatively unknown as a birding destination. Habitats include extensive grassland areas, mountains with rocky, vegetated slopes, deeply incised, wooded valleys, dams and the banks of the Caledon River, to the east of Smithfield.
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Access and facilities:
Most of these areas include privately-owned land and visits must be arranged beforehand by contacting Lynden Lund (+27(0)83 263 0613), who will assist with the necessary arrangements to access private property.Smithfield (-30.211792, 26.530511) is situated on the N6, about 135 km south of Bloemfontein.