Nature Reserve, Springbok
15 000-hectare reserve is situated in the rugged interior
of Namaqualand, 15 km east of Springbok, the regions
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 reserves 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
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, Layards 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,
(p.105*), Karoo and Thick-billed Larks.
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