Tankwa – Karoopoort
About the Birding
Despite being lush in comparison to the rest of the Tankwa, the birdlife in this area is still strongly dictated by rainfall, with certain species only arriving after good rains.
The Tankwa is best approached from Ceres on the R46. The road climbs the Theronsberg Pass and across a landscape of orchards and remnant patches of Renosterveld. On a short birding detour along the Driehoek Road (-33.2596, 19.5346) Cape Clapper, Red-capped, and Large-billed Larks, Yellow Canary, Bokmakerie, Karoo Scrub-robins, and Blue Cranes are all possible. Black-headed Canary, Lark-like Bunting and Ludwig’s Bustard are present in wet years. Black Stork a rare provincial breeder has been seen at some of the farm dams.
About the Birding Site
Karoopoort is the gateway to the arid landscapes of southern Tankwa Plains a productive birding site. The areas mountain slopes, thickly vegetated drainage lines, farm fields, orchards and homestead attract both good numbers and a wide variety of birds including several dryland specials.
Other Related Information
Karoopoort farmhouse: -33.2185, 19.7028
No admission costs.
Not disabled friendly, but most of the birding can be down from a vehicle or the roadside.
Text prepared by:
Vincent Ward (Birding Africa Tours)