Monday, 06 August 2018 13:02

The Waterberg – a haven for twitchers

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The Waterberg Wilderness Private Game Reserve in Namibia has recorded over 300 bird species in the area – more than the 200 originally thought to inhabit the reserve.

This was discovered in a recent weekend excursion of the Namibia Scientific Society to the Reserve, with Chairperson of the Namibia Bird Club, Gudrun Middendorff, commenting: “We were amazed when we saw the bird lists that were compiled through the Southern African Bird Atlas Project for the relevant quadrants."

The multiple habitats of the Waterberg make the area ideal for birdlife, and include mountain plateaus, cliffs, slopes, valleys and plains, in addition to the abundance of water, owing to the springs in the region. Birding enthusiasts are able to indulge in their passion and see species ranging from Cape Vultures to Verreaux’s Eagles, Blue Cranes, Secretary Birds, Barred Wren-Warblers and Half-Collared Kingfishers, amongst myriad others. The Waterberg is also home to ostriches, the world’s largest bird, and the Kori Bustard, the largest bird that can fly.

In addition to the birdlife, the Waterberg also offers exceptional hiking, rhino drives and tracking, nature trails, a history path that takes travellers to the site of the Battle of Waterberg and a camp for Herero refugees, and a cultural tour into Hereroland.

Source: TU

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