Velddrif Birding

roncorylus

We left Kagga Kama on Monday morning and headed to Velddrif, at the mouth of the Berg River. Our journey took us north via the spectacular Middelberg Pass to Citrusdal, then across the Swartland via Piketberg to Velddrif, where we stayed in a beautiful cottage at the very well-appointed Quagga Lodge, on the banks of the river and about four kilometres upstream from the town. It was a perfect birding destination, with a kilometre of river frontage along which to amble and enjoy the plentiful water birds.

Sadly, our planned visit to the salt works on the river could not be realised, as new owners have prohibited all birding, thereby frustrating a huge cohort of SA and foreign birders, who used regularly to visit this important site where numerous waders, many quite rare, could previously be observed. We did, however, find the Poetic License gin distillery, and we did manage…

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