Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2

South Africa, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi

a member of the African Bird Atlas Project

Coverage summary: Bushmanland Subproject

Bushmanland in the Northern Cape is one of the most poorly atlased areas in South Africa.

Part of the reason for this situation is the remoteness of Bushmanland from the main centres, the lack of facilities, the unknown roads, and the lack of known accommodation.

The Bushmanland Subproject was initiated to enable prospective atlasers visiting Bushmanland to find two critical success factors – accommodation and local knowledge.

The objective of this project is to record 1 Full Protocol card per year for every 10 High Priority (low coverage) pentads in the designated area. For many places in South Africa, this would be very unambitious. For Bushmanland, we would be very surprised if one got even halfway towards that goal.

Within the area outlined as Bushmanland in Figure A & B, for SABAP2 atlas purposes, there are 720 pentads, of which 693 or 96% are high priority pentads (i.e. 3 or fewer Full Protocol cards submitted) and there are 282 pentads with zero Full Protocol cards (as at 25 April 2023).

To give a sense of the terrain and countryside, consider that:

there is:

In winter, temperatures of under 8°C, and an ice-cold wind, which causes the actual temperature to be much lower due to the wind-chill factor, are not unusual, even at 13:00. Therefore birding in Bushmanland is not for the faint-hearted.

So the key essentials for a successful birding trip into Bushmanland include (over and above the usual stuff):

Once the proposed route or area for your trip has been identified, you may want to get in touch with a local farmer well in advance to help you plan your route: what accommodation is available (e.g. camping or self-catering, etc) , which roads are open; could he help you with repairs, fuel, etc; keys to gates, etc.

For contact details of the farmers who are willing to participate by providing accommodation, etc. (for a fee) and other assistance, contact either Peter Silbernagl (082 448 0324, or Wally Silbernagl (083 645 0299,, who will then put you in touch with the relevant farmer.


Adhoc protocol
Additional information
Map options
Select Year:   Animate  Stop
Colour scheme: Show Adhocs

The Coverage map shows the project coverage on a pentad scale. To view a more detailed summary of an area, open the relevant areas coverage map from the top menu.

To view the pentad information, click on the pentad, to open a pentad summary, double click.

A 5 minute x 5 minute coordinate grid super-imposed over the continent for spatial reference.

Available downloads for this section

Download species summary (CSV FORMAT)

Download species monthly summary (CSV FORMAT) NOTE: This download contains Reporting Rate per month data from Full Protocol submissions only

Download species monthly summary per pentad (CSV FORMAT) NOTE: This download contains Reporting Rate per month data from Full Protocol submissions only

Download Full and Adhoc protocol card headers (CSV FORMAT)

Download the KML layer for Google Earth

This data can be uploaded/linked directly into any GIS software which supports geoJSON protocols, such as QGIS. More information on geoJSON can be found at

Add a geoJSON Vector layer to you project, pointing to the following link:

Please note that geoJSON files are mostly used by users of GIS software who want to do further analyses. For most users the coverage maps on the website will be sufficient, for example you can zoom in to see the specific pentad information. However, if you want to analyse the data in more detail follow these steps. First install a GIS programme such as QGIS (it is free). You will then have to download the species's geoJSON file under the species maps in the Downloads tab (for example for this maps data). The following short tutorial will then explain to you how to load the map into QGIS using the URL of the geoJSON page - Click here


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