Falls National Park:
The park can be reached along a 39-km road that leads northwest
from the riverside town of Kakamas, which is 88 km west of
Upington on the N8 national road. The focus of the park is
the falls, and most visitors venture little further than the
river. However, the surrounding plains and rocky outcrops
provide good birding, offering such typical Karoo species
as Double-banded Courser, Ludwigs
Bustard (p.105*), Burchells
Courser (p.96*), Spike-heeled and Karoo
Long-billed Larks and Chat Flycatcher. Starks
Lark and Black-eared
Finchlark (p.96*) are erratic, and not always present
in dry years. Two sought-after species of the rocky outcrops
adjacent to the river are Short-toed Rock Thrush (look
on the out-crops around the campsite) and Cinnamon-breasted
Warbler (look around the viewsites along the gorge,
such as those at Oranjekom, Swartrand and Echo Corner; p.85*).
acacia thicket of the campsite at the park headquarters is
also rewarding. Here, you can see Golden-tailed Woodpecker,
Acacia Pied Barbet, Ashy Tit, Red-eyed Bulbul,
Warbler (common; p.85*), Black-chested Prinia,
Batis (p.85*), Pale-winged Starling, Dusky
Sunbird, and the attractively peachy-flanked Orange River
race of Cape White-eye (see page on changing
bird taxonomy). The short walk from the camp to the falls
themselves may produce cliff-nesting species such as Black
Stork, Black Eagle and Peregrine Falcon, as well
as huge mixed flocks of aerially feeding swifts and swallows.
You are likely also to see the multicoloured Cape Flat Lizards
(Platysaurus capensis) that sun themselves conspicuously
on the burnished granite.
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