Dronfield Nature Reserve Hot

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The 12000-hectare Dronfield Nature Reserve has belonged to De Beers since 1888 and was proclaimed as a nature reserve in 2004. It is an arid-birding paradise with about 140 species having been recorded at this Important Bird Area. White-Backed Vultures nest on the reserve and across the highway at Kamfers Dam about 50 000 Lesser Flamingoes may be viewed.

Dronfield is also well-stocked with wildlife offering excellent opportunities to photograph Sable and Roan antelope as well as Eland, Red Hartebeest, Gemsbok, Burchells Zebra and Springbok. A vulture restaurant has been established on Dronfield to allow visitors to watch these birds at close range.

White-Backed Vulture by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

1 of 7: White-Backed Vultures.

Camel Thorn tree by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

2 of 7: Camel-Thorn Acacia tree on red Kalahari sands.

Marico Flycatcher by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

3 of 7: Marico Flycatcher.

Dronfield Nature Reserve by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

4 of 7: entrance sign to Dronfield Nature Reserve.

Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

5 of 7: Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk.

Dronfield accomodation by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

6 of 7: Self-catering accomodation at Dronfield.

Burchells Zebra on dune crest by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

7 of 7: Burchells Zebra walking through arid grasslands.

Photography

Best Time to Photograph
Dawn, early morning, late afternoon and dusk are when the game and birds are most active. Summer brings thunderstorms and stunning sunsets over the open landscapes.
Type of Photography
  • Birding
  • Wildlife General
Best Time of Year
Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
Photography is best undertaken by driving slowly through the reserve with camera at the ready. Large game is fairly relaxed and Dronfield offers excellent opportunities for photographing birds. Barn Owls are resident around the visitor accommodation and may be found roosting in the eaves of the chalets.
Recommended Gear
Long telephoto lenses are a must for photographing the birds and wildlife on this reserve and it is best to have a window mount in place for the camera.

Footnotes

Season and Weather
Summers can be extremely hot with afternoon thunderstorms. Winters are generally more pleasant but nights can be very cold
Other Activities
  • Birding
  • Game Viewing
  • Vulture hide

Location

Closest Town
Getting There
Dronfield Nature Reserve lies approximately 10 km’s north of Kimberly on the N12

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Peter Chadwick
Author: Peter ChadwickWebsite: http://www.peterchadwick.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
About
As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.