Northern Cape Birding And Bird Watching... The Place Of The Dry Lands

Namaqua And Kalahari Bird Watching In The Northern Cape

The Northern Cape In South Africa plays host to some spectacular bird species and this is always delightful to hear, especially if you are a birder or bird watcher. The birds like the Coursers, Sparrowlarks, Larks and Sandgrouse make the Northern Cape a prime destination for Bird Watchers all over South Africa.


The Namaqualand region is a great area to look for the dryland and arid bird species of the Northern Province. Keep your eyes open when searching for birds in the scrub and acacia type-habitat in Namaqualand, you might stumble upon a Ludwig's Bustard or even the beautiful Burchell's Courser.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park also known as the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, is so open and vast. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park is home to a near 300 bird species count and on this list the specials are: Kori Bustard, Ludwig's Bustard, Steppe Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Red-Necked Falcon, Shikra, Sociable Weaver and Kalahari Scrub-Robin.

Richtersveld National Park

The Richtersveld National Park is a semi-arid National Park with Karoo-like vegetation. It is best to go birding in the Richtersveld National Park from the Start of Spring to the middle of Summer and is home to most dryland bird species of the Northern Cape.

Augrabies Falls National Park

The Augrabies Falls National Park has a few different habitat types; from the large river accompanied by riverine bush to the low scrub environment, the Augrabies Falls National Park is home to a feast of bird species for the bird watcher to enjoy.

Vaalbos National Park

The Vaalbos National Park is made up of open grassland and acacia bushveld. The Vaalbos National Park hosts specials such as the Burchell's Courser and the Short-Clawed Lark.

Ganspan Waterfowl Sanctuary

The Ganspan Waterfowl Sanctuary has a large pan in the reserve which is surrounded by thornveld. The Ganspan Waterfowl Sanctuary is worth a visit at anytime during the year and has species like the Greater Painted Snipe and the Baillon's Crake that occur in the Waterfowl Sanctuary.

Kamfer's Dam

The Kamfer's Dam in the Northern Province is a large stretch of water and is home to literally thousands of Flamingo's. The Kamfer's Dam is worth a visit at anytime during the year.

Goegap Nature Reserve

The Goegap Nature Reserve consists of open scrubland and sandy flats and is a breeding home to the Cape Eagle Owl. It is best to visit the Goegap Nature Reserve in late Spring and early Summer.

Die Bos Nature Reserve

The Die Bos Nature Reserve is full of flourishing riverine woodland and muddy dams. The Die Bos Nature Reserve is a good place to view dryland bird species and the Namaqua Warbler and Pririt Batis are just some of these bird species you, the birder, can enjoy in the Die Bos Nature Reserve.

The Route Of Port Nolloth to Alexander Bay

The Port Nolloth to Alexander Bay route is the best birding route outside a reserve in the Northern Province. The habitat in the region consists of scrub-covered dunes and pristine and sandy coastlines. This is a great area to see the marine Cormorants and Terns of South Africa. The endemic Barlow's Lark is quite common throughout this route.