Overberg – Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Start your birding just after leaving the N2 and turning north onto the R324 (-34.0417, 20.5627). Scan the roadside telephone poles for Brown-hooded Kingfisher, and Pearl-breasted Swallow (summer). African Quailfinch, a rare resident in the province favours wet seeps in this area, but a best found closer to Swellendam. This route initially traverses an agricultural landscape but quickly reaches the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Just before the road turns sharply to the east, stop under the Eucalyptus trees and scan the reed-lined farm dam (-34.0072, 20.6254).
About the Birding Site
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, just east of Swellendam. This protected area preserves an important large remnant of Afromontane forest, flanked by Montane Fynbos. Consequently a visit will provide birders with a good mix of fynbos, riparian and forest birding. The reserve marks the western limit of many species and offers a good introduction to the birding further east into the Garden Route.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Access point GPS: permit office: -33.9857, 20.8232
Admission costs: Adult R50
WildCard applicable: yes