Birding Routes

Birds and birding in the central Karoo region Show details

Endemic and other special birds of the Karoo Show details

The Karoo National Park Show details

Cape Town to Beaufort West Show details

Birding at Beaufort West and surroundings Show details

From Beaufort West to the North Show details

Tanqua National Park Show details

The Tanqua Karoo to Sutherland and beyond Show details

Seweweeksport to Laingsburg Show details

The Swartberg Pass Show details

From Meiringsport to Prince Albert Show details


Another entry point into the Karoo is MEIRINGSPOORT (S33º 27’16.09” E22º 33’35.54”) along the N12 from Oudtshoorn. A stop at the picnic spot at the waterfall is highly recommended. The scenery is breath-taking and species such as Cape Bunting, Familiar Chat, Cape and Sentinel Rock-Thrushes, Protea Seedeater, Red-winged Starling and Southern Double-collared and Malachite Sunbirds are often found here. This is a great place to take a (birding) break! There are many safe places to stop in the gorge and birding is outstanding. Take your time through this pass. Now turn off to PRINCE ALBERT along the tarred R407 beyond KLAARSTROOM. (S33º 19’50.76” E22º 32’04.22”) After passing through typical Karoo scrub, the R407 arrives at several stands of poplar trees. This area is particularly good for birds of prey and swallows in summer.

The scenery from the top of the KREDOUW PASS (S33º 15’59.94” E22º 19’10.02”) over the Prince Albert Valley (’Die Gang’) is breath-taking and several dams through the valley support good numbers of waterfowl. Listen for several species of cuckoos during summer. The beautiful hamlet of PRINCE ALBERT (S33º 13’31.50” E22º 01’47.70”) is by Karoo standards lush and green and supports rich birdlife. Expect to find most species associated with the Karoo, many of whom having adapted to ‘city life’. Spend enough time here to sample the many charms of this village. ‘Must do’s’ include the golf course where Burchell’s Courser may be found, the Renu-Karoo nursery that drives a fantastic plant restoration project and the ‘Koppie Trail’ that starts at the end of Cosby street. In birding terms the lowland Karoo plains here are probably best known for Ludwig’s Bustard (during wetter spells), Karoo Chat, Karoo and Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Karoo Korhaan, Karoo and Spike-heeled Larks and Rufous-eared Warbler. Birds of prey include Jackal Buzzard, Verreaux’s Eagles, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Black Harrier and Lesser Kestrel (summer). White-fronted Bee-Eater and African Palm Swift were even recorded a few times. The riverine Acacia Karoo woodland in the area contains Pririt Batis, Fairy Flycatcher, and Namaqua Warbler, while thickets along the slopes support Layard’s Tit-Babbler and Grey Tit.

Prince Albert and surroundings Show details

The Karoo plains to the east of Beaufort West Show details

Murraysburg and surroundings Show details