Birding Routes

THEEWATERSKLOOF BIRDING - INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS Show details

THE ENDEMIC AND OTHER SPECIAL BIRD SPECIES OF THE THEEWATERSKLOOF REGION Show details

BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG WHEATBELT IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA - INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW Show details

THE SIR LOWRYS PASS SITE Show details

THE KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE Show details

THE HIGHLANDS AND VALLEY ROADS LOOPS Show details

THE ELGIN/ GRABOUW COUNTRY CLUB & EIKENHOF DAM Show details

HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND NATURE RESERVE Show details

VILLIERSDORP Show details

THE THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM Show details

BOTRIVER VILLAGE AND VAN DER STEL PASS Show details

THE KARWYDERSKRAAL AND SWARTRIVIER ROADS Show details

CALEDON VILLAGE Show details

THE CALEDON WILD FLOWER GARDEN Show details

THE OUDEKRAAL ROAD AND TESSELAARSDAL Show details

THE R326 BETWEEN STANFORD AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

THE R406 TO GREYTON Show details


(NB! This section is still under production and will be completed by middle January 2016. - Ed.)

 

GENADENDAL MISSION AND MUSEUM
34° 01'59.81"S 19° 33'27.83"E
GREYTON TOWN
34° 03'04.14"S 19° 36'23.55"E
EASTERN EXIT TOWARDS RIVIERSONDEREND
34° 02'29.40"S 19° 37'08.56"E
GREYTON NATURE RESERVE
34° 02'18.45"S 19° 36'49.72"E

R406 TO GREYTON
Bird-watchers travelling to Genadendal and Greyton should move slowly along the R406 after turning off the N2 at 34° 12'40.45"S 19°23'54.45"E. The R406 takes one through breathtaking Overberg Wheatbelt landscapes with the rugged Riviersonderend Mountains forming a rugged, but splendid backdrop. Abundant endemic or near-endemic species include the  BOKMAKIERIE, CAPE BULBUL,CAPE CANARY, CAPE CROW, PIED STARLING, CAPE SPARROW and CAPE WEAVER. The real specials of the area to look out for are however BLUE CRANE, DENHAM'S BUSTARD, JACKAL BUZZARD and CAPE SPURFOWL. Other very common species are HELMETED GUINEAFOWL, BLACK-HEADED HERON, AFRICAN STONECHAT, CAPE TURTLE-DOVE, CAPE WAGTAIL and CAPPED WHEATEAR. LARGE-BILLED and RED-CAPPED LARKS and AFRICAN PIPIT are numerous, but do try for AGULHAS LONG-BILLED and CAPE CLAPPER LARKS that are rare in the area, but present.

There are a few recommended spots along the R406 where time should be spent. A plantation of exotic trees is reached at 34° 09'27.03”S 19° 27'03.72”E. BRIMSTONE and YELLOW CANARIES, FISCAL FLYCATCHER, KAROO PRINIA, CAPE ROBIN-CHAT and MALACHITE SUNBIRD are numerous around here. Further on at 34° 05'36.26”S 19° 32'46.61”E a large dam is reached on the left. YELLOW-BILLED DUCK, SOUTHERN RED and YELLOW BISHOPS, EGYPTIAN and SPUR-WINGED GEESE, GREY HERON and BLACKSMITH LAPWING are plentiful in wet spells. At 34° 04'28.18”S 19° 31.40”S one passes a few small dams in a spectacular valley. Most of the region's water birds are on offer and AFRICAN MARSH-HARRIER sometimes quarters over the wetlands and reed beds. The long bridge over the Riversonderend River that is reached just before the turn-off to Genadendal at 34° 03'04.18"S 19° 33'41.39"E is also worth investigating, particularly during winter and early spring. This area often hosts several herons, ibises, kingfishers, as well a AFRICAN FISH-EAGLE. BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE is common along the entire length of the R406 and the spectacular BLACK HARRIER can be seen occationally. STEPPE BUZZARD and YELLOW-BILLED KITE are present in good numbers during summer, as are large amounts of martins, swallows and swifts.

Now focus briefly on Genadendal, before moving on to Greyton.

(Note that there are links to more information, trip reports and the like below the photographs that may be used to further plan a visit to the area).

Oom Barrie se huisie  (Image by AO)
Landscape outside Greyton  (Image by AO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Double-collared Sunbird  (Image by RM)

 

 

Amethyst Sunbird  (Image by RM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-headed Heron  (Image by CN)

GREYTON VILLAGE AND NATURE RESERVE Show details

THE R406 BETWEEN GREYTON AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

BIRDING IN AND AROUND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Show details