North West – Potchefstroom and surrounds
About the Birding
Site: Klipdrift Dam
Situated about 20km from Potchefstroom on the Johannesburg road (N12). Turn right at the second Klipdrift sign, past the cell phone tower. Follow the gravel road for +10km and turn left into Van Niekerk’s farm at bluegum plantation. Follow the road to the resort and do your birding there. Water birds, including terns, ducks, Great Crested Grebe, Pink-backed Pelican, Caspian Tern, Black-winged Pratincole (summer), egrets, herons, storks, waders and grassveld species can be seen here. Montagu’s Harrier and Pallid Harrier as well as Lesser Black-backed Gull are among the rarer species that have been seen here.
About the Birding Site
Habitats around Potchefstroom consist mainly of wide open grassveld interspersed with mixed acacia and other bush. South of the town is the Vredefort Dome with its own special birds. Potchefstroom was once a region of vleis and marshes. Sadly these no longer exist, but the small remnants that survived still make for excellent birding. Specials include several lark and pipit species, as well as Western Osprey, Great Crested Grebe, Crimson-breasted Shrike, African Grass Owl, and Black Sparrowhawk.
Other Related Information
Recommended accommodation nearby:
Many guesthouses and self-catering options can be found in Potchefstroom
There are no BirdLife Recommended Accommodations in the area.
Local guide information:
No BirdLife Recommended Tour Operators or local guides are currently available in the area.