Namaqualand – Garies & surrounds
About the Birding
Nestled in on the western edge of the Kamies Mountain range, one finds the small town of Garies. This agricultural centre is a key stop on the famous Namaqualand Flower route and there are a few good birds one can target here too. A slow ride along the N7 with some careful scanning of both the surrounding hillsides dotted with ‘Heuweltjies’ created by termites as well as the roadside fences, can often yield Southern Black Korhaan, Chat Flycatcher, Bokmakierie, Greater Kestrel, Rock Kestrel, Lanner Falcon and Cape Crow.
About the Birding Site
Located at the foot of the Kamiesberg, Garies falls within the Namaqualand district and although scenic in its desolate appearance, it really comes alive in spring when the hillsides come alive with colour as the spring daisies begin to bloom.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Garies is situated in the Succulent Karoo Region which is very arid and due to this, extreme temperature fluctuations can be experienced. Pack sufficient warm and light clothing to accommodate for this. Dense fog also often rolls off of the ocean, which is not only cold, but wet, packing a raincoat is recommended.