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Goegap Nature Reserve, Springbok

This 15 000-hectare reserve is situated in the rugged interior of Namaqualand, 15 km east of Springbok, the region’s principal town. It offers spectacular flowers and scenery, and several Karoo specials, among them Cinnamon-breasted Warbler (p.85*) and Karoo Eremomela (p.85*), both found in classic Namaqualand landscapes. To reach the reserve (which only opens at 09h00), follow the signs from Springbok to the airport (via R355), and take another tarred road for a few kilometres past the airport to the reserve gates. There is an attractive succulent garden at the Goegap offices, which are also the starting point of a 17-km tourist loop road that covers a cross-section of the reserve’s habitats (those suitably equipped should inquire about the exciting 4x4 routes, which allow one to explore more widely). Look in the vicinity of the offices for Acacia Pied Barbet, White-backed Mousebird, Glossy Starling, Dusky Sunbird and White-throated Canary.

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler is a com-mon but inconspicuous inhabitant of rocky slopes throughout the reserve, and may even be seen on the hillsides behind the offices. Other birds characteristic of the rocky slopes of the reserve, which can be accessed at a number of points along the tourist loop (such as at 5 km and 8.5 km from the offices), include Black Eagle, Booted Eagle, Ground Woodpecker (p.105*), Southern Grey Tit, Mountain Chat, Layard’s Titbabbler and Dusky Sunbird. Cape Eagle Owl (p.105*) is resident on the rocky slopes at Goegap, and is best searched for by driving along roads adjacent to the reserve at night. In the more open areas along the loop road (at 4 km and at 8 km from the offices, for example), search for small groups of Karoo Eremomela among the low shrubs. Other birds which may be seen along here include Ostrich, Ludwig’s Bustard (p.105*), Karoo and Thick-billed Larks.

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