Birder Friendly tour operators

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Being a Birder Friendly tour operator

Tour operators are required to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for 'Birder Friendly' status:

  • The Operator and its Guides must be fully accredited tour operators/guides.
  • The Operator should be able to provide BirdLife Travel with itineraries for promotional purposes at local and international Trade Shows.
  • The Operator must commit to the use and support of BirdLife South Africa's "Birder-friendly" accommodation suppliers where ever possible.
  • The Operator must commit to the support of Community Bird Guides where possible.
  • The Operator must commit to practicing responsible tourism ethics.
The benefits

For an annual subscription of R1 200 (South African members) or R1 770 (non-South African members), BirdLife South Africa is committed to offering Tour Operators of the Birder Friendly scheme the following benefits:

  • Bot tuineA listing on the BirdLife South Africa website
  • Use of the 'Birder Friendly' logo and branding on marketing materials
  • Marketing at selected local and international trade shows
  • The opportunity to market products through the monthly e-newsletter
  • Listing of special offers on the BirdLife South Africa website and in the monthly e-newsletter
  • Marketing of selected itineraries through the BirdLife South Africa website
  • BirdLife South Africa membership, which includes:
  • Six issues of African BirdLife magazine
  • BirdLife South Africa supporters' card
  • BirdLife South Africa supporters' sticker
  • Invitations to BirdLife South Africa talks and events
Birder Friendly Application Process

Please send an email to to request the application form.

Other valuable documents:

For more information on how to register as a 'Birder Friendly Tour Operator", please contact Natasja Retief on +27 (0)84 815 5765 (mobile) or

Birder Friendly registered tour operators (listed alphabetically)