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IMPRESSIONS OF THE AGULHAS REST CAMP

Posted on the 21st May 2022

Elaine and I spent a few days at the Agulhas rest camp in the Agulhas National Park and were very impressed with the facilities. The chalets are very comfortable and well equipped, even offering most DSTv channels. There are one and two bedroom chalets, as well as the Lagoon House that can accommodate eight people. We believe that this is an ideal destination for bird club breakways as it is in close proximity of several top birding hot spots. Think of De Mond Nature Reserve, Zoetendalsvlei, the wetlands at the educational centre, the salt pan at Springfield, Voëlvlei and the beautiful village of Elim.

The weather was really bad during our visit, leaving very little time to explore the outdoors and birding. We were however able to record 85 species on the trip of which 54 were found at the rest camp – 22 of these were endemic or near endemic. The sheer beauty of the coastline and the Strandveld Fynbos needs to be experienced though.

The Agulhas rest camp should serve as an ideal base from which to explore the birding delights of the greater Agulhas region. Give it a try and maybe we should consider a BLO breakaway to the area in the near future? We include some images taken there.

Beautiful chalets at the Agulhas rest camp
Vast numbers of Cape Bulbuls enjoy the fruits of the Bitou bushes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lagoon with high tide approaching
The lagoon at low tide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rock Kestrel settles with prey at the adjacent chalet
And spends 30 minutes devouring the mouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bar-throated Apalis
Cape Grassbird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sad end to a Cape Gannet, the bird of the year
A serious case of constipation - this poor guy spent nearly 10 minutes to get the job done

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African Oystercatchers
White-fronted Plovers - The conservation staff believe that both these species have a high breeding success rate in the Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violent seas after two days of high winds
Any ideas on what on earth (or sea for that matter) this is?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset over the bay on the first day
And on the third

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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