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Upington is a useful stop-over when exploring the Northern Cape. Places such as Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Pofadder and Witsand are all within easy reach.

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Upington

Interesting birding can be had along the Orange River in and around Upington. Die Eiland Holiday Resort, consisting of a campsite and hutted camp, lies on the southern bank of the river next to the main bridge. To reach it, follow the signs to the "Palm Avenue". The thick riverine bush lining the edge of the camp area supports Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Ashy Tit, African Red-eyed Bulbul, Namaqua Warbler, Brubru, and Karoo Thrush., Hamerkop, African Fish-Eagle and Giant Kingfisher breed along the river. Spotted Eagle-Owl, Barn Owl and Pearl-spotted Owlet are usually very vocal at night.

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Spitskop Nature Reserve

Spitskop Nature Reserve is a privately owned reserve 13 km north of Upington on the road to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The 5641 hectares includes Kalahari grassveld with some rocky hills, hence the name. There are 37 km of good gravel roads, and three hiking trails of different distances. Cyclists are also welcome. Camping facilities are available as well as two very rustic huts. Bird species include Pygmy Falcon, Kori Bustard, Double-banded Courser, Capped Wheatear, Chat Flycatcher, Fawn-coloured Lark, Karoo Lark, Spike-heeled Lark, Eastern Clapper Lark, Karoo Long-billed Lark, Thick-billed Lark and Red-capped Lark, Karoo Scrub-Robin and Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Grey-backed Sparrowlark and Black-eared Sparrowlark. Access is via the R360 to the Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Park. Park Tel: +27 54 332 1336.

Guy Gibbon 2008
Mark Anderson 2007
Claire Spottiswoode and Callan Cohen 1997


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