Overberg – De Hoop Nature Reserve
About the Birding
De Hoop lies on the southern-east corner of the Agulhas Plains. It is reached by several major dirt roads from either the N2, Bredasdorp or Malgas. These roads cut across a predominately agricultural landscape, with a few remaining patches of critically threatened Renosterveld. Roadside birding should turn up several specials including the Agulhas Long-billed Lark. This species is best located by its ascending/descending seeu-seewoo call. In the early morning they can be seen perched on fence posts. Another lark to listen out for is the distinctive Agulhas form of Cape Clapper Lark.
About the Birding Site
De Hoop Nature Reserve is the flagship reserve in the Western Cape. This sprawling reserve protects a wealth of biodiversity, cultural and archaeological treasures. It offers birders a wide variety of marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats to explore. It is home to the only remaining vulture colony in the province, as well as a stronghold of threatened endemics like Black Harrier.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
De Hoop main gate: -34.4216, 20.4087
Potberg gate: -34.3731, 20.5176
Main reception: -34.4541, 20.3994
Admission costs: Adults: R50 daily conservation fee
Children R30 daily conservation fee