Birding in the Tanqua Karoo

Birding in the Tanqua KarooThis trip into the semi-desert (succulent Karoo) requires an early start to arrive in the Karoo just after dawn.

Located beyond the Hexriver and Swartruggens (Black-back) Mountains, North of Ceres, this is a dry thirstland region, providing some excellent birding. Also geologically and botanically different, one can appreciate the landscape and fauna alongside the birding.

An overnight stop is at a guesthouse on the edge of the Tanqua Karoo National Park, so as to fully appreciate this special area over two days. The nomadic birds found in this area depend heavily upon where the rain has fallen, but the area hosts numerous endemics and near-endemics such as:

  • Pale Chanting Goshawk
  • Karoo Korhaan
  • Karoo Longbilled Lark
  • Karoo Chats
  • Tractrac Chat
  • Karoo Eremomela
  • Namaqua Warbler
  • Pale-winged Starling
  • Blackheaded Canary.

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