The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa

Cover of Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa

Authors: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair

Number of pages: 302

Year published: 1983

Edition: 1st

Published by: C. Struik (Pty) Ltd

Hardcover

ISBN: 0 86977 165 5

The Wildebeest's Review of Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa

The Wildebeest reviewing a book

"Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa" was one of the first books of its kind in South Africa. Since then, there have been many books published on birding spots and what you might see there. As a keen birder myself these are the kinds of guides that keep you awake at night as you dream of seeing rare birds in remote locations.

It was written by Berruti and Sinclair who were two well-known people in ornithological circles at the time. The book covers 123 birding locations across southern Africa, from the Cape to Mozambique. Each location gives details of the habitat, directions and, most importantly, the birds to look for. Each location is accompanied by a simple line drawing map. In many cases it also lists a few places of accommodation. A few colour plates of birds are included.

There are sections on birding in general. One of my favourite sections is a checklist of the birds and their statuses for each province as well as references to the locations where you might find them.

Some of the subjects in this publication

Lamberts Bay - Page: 55
Piekenaarskloof Pass - Page: 55
Verlorenvlei - Page: 55
Langebaan - Page: 58
Ceres - Page: 60
Bainskloof Pass - Page: 60
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - Page: 65
Cape Peninsula - Page: 67
Table Mountain - Page: 67
Kommetjie - Page: 68
Strandfontein Sewage Works - Page: 68
Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary - Page: 69
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve - Page: 70
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve - Page: 71
Helderberg Nature Reserve - Page: 73
Paarl - Page: 74
Wateruintjies Vlei - Page: 75
Paarl - Page: 75
Sir Lowrys Pass - Page: 76
Harold Porter National Botanical Garden - Page: 77
Bontebok National Park - Page: 78
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve - Page: 79
De Hoop Nature Reserve - Page: 81
Potberg - Page: 81
Port Alfred - Page: 86
Port Elizabeth - Page: 89
Addo Elephant National Park - Page: 92
Alexandria Forest Nature Reserve - Page: 94
Hogsback - Page: 95
Graaff-Reinet - Page: 97
Knysna - Page: 99
Alicedale - Page: 100
Cradock - Page: 102
Mountain Zebra National Park - Page: 102
Bosberg Nature Reserve and Hiking Trail - Page: 104
Somerset East - Page: 104
East London - Page: 105
Mbotyi - Page: 109
Kambi Forest - Page: 110
Dwesa Nature Reserve - Page: 111
Naudes Nek - Page: 113
Odendaalsrus - Page: 116
Welkom - Page: 116
Golden Gate Highlands National Park - Page: 118
Ficksburg - Page: 120
Gumtree - Page: 120
Langjan Nature Reserve - Page: 127
Soutpansberg - Page: 128
Kruger National Park - Page: 131
Pietersburg Nature Reserve - see Polokwane NR - Page: 132
Woodbush Forest Estate - Page: 134
De Hoek Nature Walk - Page: 134
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve - Page: 136
Nylsvley Nature Reserve - Page: 138
Pretoria National Botanical Garden - Page: 140
Barberspan Nature Reserve - Page: 141
Leeupan, Benoni - Page: 143
Korsman Bird Sanctuary - Page: 143
Rondebult Bird Sanctuary - Page: 143
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve - Page: 145
Durban - Page: 151
Durban Bayhead - Page: 151
Umgeni River Mouth - Page: 152
Durban - Page: 154
Ferncliffe Forest - Page: 155
Darvill Sewage Works, Pietermaritzburg - Page: 156
Albert Falls Dam - Page: 158
Weza Forest - Page: 160
Nkandla - Page: 162
Umvoti River Mouth - Page: 163
Ongoye Forest - Page: 165
uMlalazi Nature Reserve - Page: 166
Mtunzini - Page: 166
Richards Bay - Page: 168
Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve - Page: 170
Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve - Page: 171
Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve - Page: 172
Royal Natal National Park - Page: 173
Giants Castle Game Reserve - Page: 175
iMfolozi Game Reserve - Page: 176
uMkuzi Game Reserve - Page: 178
Ndumo Game Reserve - Page: 180
St. Lucia - Page: 182
Isimangaliso Wetland Park - Page: 182
False Bay Park (KZN) - Page: 184
Mooi River - Page: 186
Kamberg Nature Reserve - Page: 186
Nottingham Road - Page: 186
Frere - Page: 187
Colenso - Page: 187
Winterton - Page: 187
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park - Page: 253
Augrabies Falls National Park - Page: 255
Kamieskroon - Page: 256
Van Wyksvlei - Page: 259
Kamfers Dam - Page: 259
Nantwich Salt Pan - Page: 263
Vooruitzicht - Page: 263
Ganspan - Page: 264

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