Greater Karoo – Anysberg Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Anysberg Nature Reserve is recognized as an Important Bird Area for its populations of Ground Woodpecker, Cape Rockjumper and Cape Siskin. Furthermore, other endemic fynbos birds such as Victorin’s Warbler, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Protea Seed-eater, Cape Francolin and Cape Bulbul have been recorded here. Although it is the fynbos specials that rank the site as an IBA, Anysberg NR is also a fantastic destination to look for Karoo specials!
About the Birding Site
Anysberg Nature Reserve lies on the western fringe of the Little Karoo, in the transition zone between fynbos and karoo-type vegetation. Situated only 4 hours from Cape Town, near the towns of Laingsburg and Ladismith, this 79 600 ha reserve offers some spectacular scenery. From gently undulating terrain and Karoo plains to rugged mountains with steep gorges, the landscape is never boring. The wide, open valleys support Karoo scrub interspersed with eye-catching succulents, while at higher elevations montane fynbos dominates with some impressive stands of Protea in the wetter areas, and belts of Acacia-dominated vegetation line the mostly dry riverbeds.
Other Related Information
From Cape Town: head east on the N1 towards Worcester and Beaufort West. As you enter Laingsburg, just after crossing the Buffels River, turn right onto Van Riebeeck Street and head south along the river. After you cross the Buffels River again, keep straight for approximately 17 km’s. At the fork, turn right and after a further ± 2 km’s turn right again. The road runs parallel to the “Suurkloof se berg” for quite a way before veering south, and after about 8km’s look for a small road off to the right. From this point it is only 6 km’s to the main entrance gate (-33.454, 20.750).