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SPREETSHOOGTE PASS

NAMIBIA
LOCALE

Altitude (m):1676
# Species*:55
# Excl Vagrants*:55
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:6
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Arid scrub, desert

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Spreetshoogte Pass is a mountain pass that separates the Khomas Highlands of central Namibia from the Namib Desert along the coast. A rudimentary road through the pass was erected during World War II by a local farmer for whom the pass is named and has evolved from there into a district road that is only passable by vehicles without trailers due to the sharp turns and steep gradients. Trucks and caravans are not allowed to use it. Due to the altitudinal gradient, a mix of higher elevation and desert birds are found around the pass. Some of the interesting species are Rosy-faced Lovebird, Gray's Lark, Karoo Long-billed Lark, Pink-billed Lark, Kopje Warbler, Karoo Scrub-Robin, and Herero Chat.

LOCATION OF SITE

Spreetshoogte Pass is located 310 km southwest of Windhoek on the D1275 highway.