The arid north of South Africa is often overlooked as a top birding area and in most cases the town of Poffadder and its surroundings are quickly driven through en-route to the better known locations within the Kalahari. However, most of the Bushmanland birding specials may be found in this vicinity.
Turning south off the tar road at Agenhuys and following the gravel road through to Namies and onto Poffadder provides excellent birding opportunities with Sociable Weaver nests and their occasional attendant Pygmy Falcons being regular sightings along the route. A detour to the Koa Dune field is probably the best location in South Africa to view the endemic Red Lark. Karoo-Long Billed Lark, Sabota Lark, Starks Lark and Sclaters Lark can also be found along this route. Check the farm reservoirs for drinking Larklike Buntings, Grey-Backed Finch Larks, Black-Headed Canaries and Namaqua Sandgrouse. The Namies Mountains host Klipspringer, Rock Hyrax and Cinnamon-Breasted Warbler, while in the skies above, search for Bradfield’s Swift.