Bird Club Camp at Kuifkop Vivanger, Veldrift

6 March to 8 March 2015

Before we embark our trip to The Kagalagadi Transfrontier Park, Earl and I join the Cape Bird Club weekend camp at Kuifkhop Visvanger in Veldrift on the West Coast.  This is our first time out with our new Imagine Off-Road Caravan.

We arrive at 12:30 pm and are surprised to find that most of the campers have already arrived – the joys of being retired – you don’t have to wait until after work to leave!

We begin setting up when two guy approach and tell us they too are Imagine owners. They notice that ours is brand new and are interesting in seeing the diffences.  They are very enthusiastic about Imagine and tell us we have made a good choice.  We pick up some tips from them and soon have the caravan set up and ready.

Later in the afternoon, Mel takes some of the campers on an afternoon excursion.  Earl joins them but I remain in camp as I have to be on hand for new arrivals.

The official opening of the camp is at the evening braai. We have been given the use of the conference centre and all gather there.  Mel and Simon give us the run down of what will happen in the next two days. there 40 of us and we will divide into two groups and pool cars.   Each car will have a hand held walkie talkie.  We are in Mel’s group.

The weekend is a great success.  We see a variet of wonderful birds on the salt pans and in the vlei and it is a good introduction to our future life of caravanning.

Setting up our caravan

Setting up our caravan

Here are some of the birds we saw.

Rock Kestrel

Rock Kestrel

Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron

Regional Rarity - Red-backed shrike - it caused quite a lot of excitement although it is common in Kruger!

Regional Rarity – Red-backed shrike – it caused quite a lot of excitement although it is common in Kruger!

campers finding birds

campers finding birds

Priscilla and Me

Priscilla and Me

Earl on a boat!

Earl on a boat!

Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Lanner Falcon

Lanner Falcon

Black crowned night heron

Black crowned night heron

Little Egret

Little Egret

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Chestnut-banded plover

Chestnut-banded plover

African Darter

African Darter

Supper

Supper

Briefing

Briefing

Moon

Moon

Little Stint

Little Stint

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper

Three banded plover

Three banded plover

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One thought on “Bird Club Camp at Kuifkop Vivanger, Veldrift

  1. Hi Helen – loved the blog- Leonie and I were getting withdrawals as we haven’t received any blogs for a while. Love Wendy. ( only 8 weeks to go!!!)

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