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Brandvlei to Kenhardt to Pofadder:

The tarred route from Brandvlei to Kenhardt is good for most of the specials mentioned above, although birding is often more productive along gravel side roads. As one heads further north, the countryside becomes more grassy. After good rains, follow the side roads (for instance, ‘Afdeling Pad 2984’, on the right, 68 km north of Brandvlei) into the newly grassy plains, which often yield Black-eared Finchlark and, occasionally, in years of good rainfall, Pink-billed Lark. Sclater’s Lark is also common in this area: wait for drinking birds at the farm dams 25—40 km south of Kenhardt. In particular, check the two dams (on either side of the road) 36 km south of Kenhardt, near the farm sign ‘Knapsak’. Also look out for Stark’s Lark, which is most often seen in the northern areas of Bushmanland. Bird the patch of trees that is exactly 100.1 km south of Kenhardt for Titbabbler, Pririt Batis (p.85*) and Fairy Flycatcher.

The town of Kenhardt is worth visiting for the kokerboom (Aloe dichotoma) forest, which lies just to its south. The giant nests of Sociable Weaver (p.110) may be seen on the telephone poles here; keep a look out for the associated and uncommon Pygmy Falcon, which also breed in the nests. From Kenhardt, one can head north to Upington and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (see p.107). To complete a Bushmanland loop, take the signposted road, 8 km south of Kenhardt, to Pofadder (marked on some maps as passing through Kraandraai or Bossiekom, although note that these are not towns). After 35 km along this road, check the stony desert plains near the intersection of powerlines for Sclater’s Lark. This long and lonely road finally meets the R358, 27 km south of Pofadder.

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