Greater Karoo – Moordenaarskaroo
About the Birding
The Moordenaarskarro is an expansive area and is best explored by exiting Laingsburg in a northerly direction. Birding is conducted mainly from the main gravel road that runs through the area. Be aware of sharp curves and steep hills. The karoo veld is host to Karoo Korhaan, Karoo Eremomela, Karoo Chat and Karoo Long-billed Lark. When you reach a river crossing, stop and listen to the calls of birds. You may hear Namaqua Warbler and Pririt Batis, while Dusky Sunbird feeds on the flowers of perennial plants. At the river crossings look for perennial pools in the river where you may see African Black Duck, Malachite Kingfisher and Black Stork.
About the Birding Site
The Moordenaarskaroo is the area due north of Laingsburg and situated between Laingsburg and Sutherland. It starts about 5 km north of Laingsburg on a gravel road and that is one of the most remote areas in South Africa. This area stretches for the next 120 km until you get onto the Roggeveld Mountains.
This is a mountainous area which is crossed by several dry riverbeds. The Buffels River is the main river which runs from North to South through this barren area.
The veld is Karoo veld, so birds are typical Karoo birds with a variety of other birds in the riverbeds with it thorn trees.
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