South Africa: Wakkerstroom Extension: Sep 01—05, 2017
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Blue Crane— Photo: Neil Bradfield—shutterstock
The final swing of our South Africa tour is an optional extension to the temperate grasslands of the interior plateau, to the tiny community of Wakkerstroom. Like our Great Plains, much of this region has been converted to agriculture, and the native grasslands are greatly diminished. So too are the special endemic birds of the area, but great efforts have been made to protect them. Here we will seek the unique Southern Bald Ibis, elegant Blue Crane, Blue Bustard, Ground Woodpecker, and several larks, chats, and pipits, plus a wide variety of waterfowl and other waterbirds.
An added bonus to a visit to South Africa is the great infrastructure for tourism. This agricultural and industrial giant is the only truly modern country on the continent, and the accommodations, food, and other facilities are generally excellent, while health problems are almost non-existent. Expert local leadership, an extensive system of parks and reserves, and a wealth of printed materials on the birds and other aspects of natural history add to the pleasure of visiting this unique part of the continent.
Excellent to moderate accommodations; excellent food; moderately paced with easy walking; comfortable vehicles; temperatures pleasantly cool to warm, possibly cold.