Kalahari – Kimberley, Kamfers Dam & Dronfield
About the Birding
Kimberley & The Big Hole:
Kimberley, built on the back of an enormous Diamond rush in the 1900s is situated in the perfect position to access a number of really interesting birding sites in this part of the Northern Cape province. Most visitors will have already heard of the Big Hole, and anyone visiting should keep their eyes in the sky as this is a great place to view aerial feeders like Rock Martin, Lesser Striped Swallow, Greater Striped Swallow, White-rumped Swift, Horus Swift, Little Swift, Alpine Swift, and Bradfield’s Swift, the latter an exceptionally good bird to see in South Africa.
About the Birding Site
Kimberley, the capital and largest city in the Northern Cape province of South Africa is surrounded by large tracts of Kalahari thornveld and with that, comes a long list of spectacular dry-adapted bird species and number of shy and uncommonly seen nocturnal mammals. Of course, the Diamond rush in the 1900’s is what started it all, and no visit to the city is complete with viewing the Big Hole, a 215m deep mine, dug entirely by hand.
Other Related Information
Kimberley is situated in a semi-arid region, due to this, extreme temperature fluctuations can be experienced. Pack sufficient warm and light clothing to accommodate for this.
Kimberley is in the vicinity of a number of key birding sites which include:
- Marrick Safaris
- Mokala National Park
- Benfontein Nature Reserve
- Dronfield Nature Reserve
- Spitskop Dam