Free State (West) – Benfontein Game Farm
About the Birding
Benfontein is perhaps one of the prime birding localities in the western Free State. This is partly due to the large diversity of bird species that frequent the property as a result of the diverse habitat types, but also because of the knowledge that has been gained through several ornithological research projects about the property’s avifauna. Thus far 260 bird species have been recorded on Benfontein.
About the Birding Site
Benfontein is a De Beers’ property located c. 10 km south-east of Kimberley and is 11,300 hectares in size. The Northern Cape-Free State provincial boundary runs through the property. Three major vegetation biomes converge in the Kimberley area, with elements of these occurring on Benfontein, including mixed grassland, Kalahari thornveld (now known as Kimberley Thorn Bushveld) and Karoo (Eastern Mixed Nama Karoo).
Other Related Information
The entrance to Benfontein is about 5 km from the Kimberley airport turnoff, on the western side of the Kimberley-Bloemfontein N8 road, with the entrance at the provincial border. Benfontein entrance off the N8: -28.810194, 24.812111
There is a complex network of roads on Benfontein, but the visitor is unlikely to get lost as the homestead and surrounds are visible from most parts of the farm. Although the roads are regularly graded they become impassable after even a few millimetres of rain.