Arid Areas Birding – Part 6, Upington to Hermanus


We drove to Upington from the Kgalagadi and stayed in the very well-appointed River Place, on the banks of the Orange River.  Sitting on the lawn, we were wowed by the Orange River White-Eyes that came to drink at the pool, along with many Red-eyed Bulbuls and Karoo Thrushes.

From there we proceeded to Augrabies Park.  We could not get in to the park chalets, so stayed at a hotel just outside the gate.  We spent the day doing the game route with its various stops along the gorge below the falls and were, as always, gobsmacked by the erosive power of the river.  Our target birds were coursers and the elusive Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, but we were once again unable to locate either.  It was dry and hot, but we were getting used to the conditions.  It always puzzles us why they have Giraffes in a park with no trees…

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