We set out from Hermanus on Friday 4 May and traveled to one of our favourite stop-overs – Abbotsbury Farm, north of Graaff Reinet, where we were greeted by our host, Graham. As usual we were well looked after in great comfort. Our bird watching commenced with a walk around the farm on arrival, and then again next morning before our departure to Bloemfontein. We stopped at the Gariep Dam and I got a lifer, in the form of a Lesser Black-backed Gull, below the dam wall.
Bloemfontein was not a good stop, since I chose a venue from the internet – and made a mistake! It did, however, allow us an opportunity to explore the beautiful Bloemfontein Botanical Gardens next morning before our short run to Johannesburg. The gardens offer some good birding habitats and we spent a couple of hours there.
The trip to Johannesburg was marred by…
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