Kalahari – Marrick Safaris
About the Birding
Once entering Marrick, one should make their way to reception, which is nestled on the slopes of a rocky ridge and large stands of thornveld and vegetated gardens which are often teeming with bird activity. Spending some time around here and sitting at the bird bath during the heat of the day can produce Pearl=spotted Owlet, Marico Sunbird, Yellow Canary, Black-throated Canary, Acacia Pied Barbet, Village Indigobird, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Long-tailed Paradise Whydah, Violet-eared Waxbill, Blue Waxbill, Black-cheeked Waxbill, Crimson-breasted Shrike. Ashy Tit, Common Scimitarbill, Green-winged Pytilia, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver and Kalahari Scrub-Robin.
About the Birding Site
Marrick Safaris is a privately owned game farm located on the western outskirts of Kimberley. Covering 3000 hectares of savannah thornveld and stocked with plains game, the scenic property offers some wonderful birding and mammal viewing. Few places produce sunsets as beautiful as Marrick, but only once the sun has set, does the real fun begin.
Other Related Information
Marrick can be accessed by air via the Kimberley airport, where car rental services are provided.
Situated only 6 hours away from Johannesburg, one takes the N1 south towards Bloemfontein. However you turn right onto the R34 just after Kroonstad and head towards Welkom, travelling a further 233km on the R34 to reach Kimberley. To reach the gate, one must take the R357 towards Douglas. Marrick is located roughly 11km along this rough, and is well signposted.