Birding on the Agulhas Plain is a remarkable experience. Around 260 species live here, including a
number of special species such as the Hottentot Quail and Half-Collared Kingfisher, not to mention
the occasional visits from Abdim's Stork and Marabou Stork. Tourists can spend at least a few very
pleasant days birding, interspersed with good wines and food at the local wine cellars. Rory
Allardice Environmental will specifically offer guiding in the Nuwejaars Wetland Special
Management Area, because access to the private properties making up the protected area is
Apart from the birds, visitors to the region can also look forward to seeing their habitat. The diversity
is remarkable, ranging from mountains, through wetlands, to the coastline, including the
southern-most tip of Africa. The fynbos is compartmentalised into about 10 main categories with
various sub-categories. These habitats make for exciting botanising and birding. Along the coast,
Black Oystercatcher and Damara Tern offer great photographic opportunities along a coastline of
white beaches and rugged rocky outcrops.
The wetlands range from estuaries and meandering rivers to bubbling mountain streams. The
Nuwejaars wetlands include the Soetendalsvlei, the second largest natural freshwater lake
connected to the sea in South Africa. There are some very interesting articles worth reading
produced by Birdlife which describe a number of other rare species recorded during a once-off
survey of three wetlands in the Nuwejaars Wetland system.
Bird Guiding, Overberg, Western Cape
This area has been declared a Special Management Area, a form of protected environment. A protected environment includes active agricultural
areas managed under an integrated management plan promoting biodiversity conservation and at the same time supporting food security. In this
way jobs are not lost, and in fact a biodiversity economy in parallel to the agricultural economy is promoted, creating more jobs and careers over
the landscape. This model gives local entrepreneurs access on an organised basis to natural resources without the risks associated with
purchasing and managing the land. And this is where RAEnvironmental fits in: we are intent on becoming involved in creating jobs for and training
local nature guides, and in this way contributing to creating jobs in the area.
There are also a number of accommodation facilities within the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area catering for a range of needs,
contact us for more information. Camping in some spectacular spots can be arranged. This gives one the opportunity to wake up in the bird's habitat
and experience activities that otherwise would have been missed.
Although the area is known for Snipe and Flufftail, it is impossible to guarantee seeing them at any given time. However, trips can be arranged to
areas where they were last seen or heard, in order to try and spot them.
Macaroni penguin at Brandfontein
Greater Flamingo with juveniles with wheat in the background
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