Namaqualand – Knersvlakte
About the Birding
The first place to look, would be the Knersvlakte Nature Reserve, proclaimed only in 2014 and covering over 80 000ha, this reserve is home to an overwhelming number of succulents. Over 1500 species of plant occur here, and almost 200 are found nowhere else in the world and most are at risk of extinction, thankfully these are now being formally protected.
About the Birding Site
Located at the southern end of the Namaqualand, the Knersvlakte (meaning ‘grinding flats’ from the sound made when walking on the gravel) is characterised by its quartz-strewn plains and sandy dune system. Although the birding in the area is overshadowed by its high diversity of small succulents, it is still worth scanning the area for a few of the specials that are on offer, especially in spring when the area comes alive in the flower season.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The Knersvlakte 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.
- Although this is a low risk malaria area, consult your doctor/chemist.