Namaqualand – Port Nolloth & surrounds
About the Birding
Although found further afield in Namibia, Port Nolloth is the only place in South Africa one can find Barlow’s Lark. Karoo Lark, from which Barlow’s was split off as a unique species, also occurs in the dune scrub around Port Nolloth, and this area is in fact, the hybridization zone of these two species. To ensure you know which one you’re looking at, it’s best to focus on the amount of streaking present on the flanks of any birds located.
About the Birding Site
What started off as a railway junction for the copper-mining industry, Port Nolloth is now predominantly a crayfishing town with some small-scale diamond mining. Its white sandy dunes, and sparse population make for a great escape from the city and its clean beaches, fresh seafood and quick access to Namibia keep the tourists coming year after year.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Port Nolloth is situated along the coast and 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.