North West – Kgomo-Kgomo floodplain (western Zaagkuilsdrift)
About the Birding
The start of this birding route is taken at the main T-junction in the Kgomo-Kgomo village, precisely at these coordinates: 25°09’26.9″S 28°04’51.1″E, or -25.157469, 28.080873. All the distances described below are measured from here.
The primary area for birding here is the main bridge over the Moretele River, 800m south of the coordinates above. The first 400m south from the main T-junction pass through very dry acacia thornveld plains. Species such as Black-chested Prinia, Scaly-feathered Finch (Weaver) and Black-throated Canary are common.
About the Birding Site
The floodplains around Kgomo-Kgomo form one of the best, and most exciting birding destinations in South Africa! This area is dominated by very dry, acacia thornveld, and is punctured by the Moretele and Pienaars Rivers, which spill out onto the vast flats surrounding the Kgomo-Kgomo village. Although dry and dusty for most of the year, these flats become flooded (or partially flooded) with summer rains, and host some of the most exciting tropical birding to be had anywhere in the country when inundated.
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Access and facilities:
This site is based off of public roads – both gravel and tar. The bulk of the birding is confined to the road, although the open fields and plains surrounding the Kgomo-Kgomo village are all communal lands, and the local community permit birders to walk these areas, and it is possible to wander away from the road (please be courteous towards community members).