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October 14, 2018 @ 5:00 am - October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm8860.00R
LBJ Bonanza is on from the 14th October to 21st October 2018.
New Holme Nature Reserve- 3 night special package consisting of:
Guided by the Owner_
Arrive in time for a sundowner drive to the hippo pool followed by a 3 course dinner ( owner’s wife won the 2017 queen of the kitchen cooking competition)
A early morning birding drive , breakfast , open time in the gardens and then in the afternoon a walk to the Khoi etchings and on the way back stop at karoo koppie for a sundowner again , dinner at the lodge, the next day a morning birding drive , breakfast , open time again and leave for a early evening braai at the dam to see the blue cranes come in for roosting , come back home after sunset with a spotlight ( night drive) , you leave the next morning – so 3 night and 2 days packed with birding and activities.
Burchell’s courser , Blue korhaan , Karoo korhaan , blue crane and Ludwig’s bustard are amongst the 205 birds species which have been recorded here. Will send a comprehensive bird list for the farm later.
They have the only hippos in the Northern Cape and have reintroduced them after they had been shot out 230 years ago.
On the night drives it will be possible to see nightjars, courser, also aardvark, aardwolf, wild cat and possibly the Black-footed cat.
Spring Hare and Cape Hare should also be on the cards.
Leaving New Holme we travel up the N1 to Springfontein and Garingboom via the Gariep Dam and Oviston reserve, time allowing.
Two nights with wonderful Karoo Boere Kos, an informative day drive on the farm with Riette Griessel giving you the low down on the diverse species of Larks, Pipits and Cisticolas, Quail Finch and Francolins, Possible again to see the likes of Ludwigs and Kori bustard amongst other visitors to the farm. Wrynecks nest in the garden.
Leaving Garingboom we return to Beaufort West to Olive Grove Guest Farm from where we will enter the Karoo Nat. Park to register for the Rangers Weekend and be allocated into teams, enjoy the cocktail event, following the introductions to the rules etc for the weekend.
Saturday will be an all day birding affair with a dinner in the park that evening.
Sunday morning we will either attend the lectures in the park or depending on the group we do an early morning walk on the farm before departing back to Cape Town.