Community Bird Guides

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An exciting initiative along all the birding routes and in areas adjacent to birding hotspots and IBA’s is the availability of Community Bird Guides. The guides provide improved security and valuable information on where elusive and special bird species may be found, and in some cases can gain you access to otherwise restricted locations. Although we have detailed below suggested rates for the use of these guides, they are self-employed and free to set their own rates but they are affordable and offer very competitive rates within the guiding industry.

BirdLife South Africa recognised the important role that local communities can play in conservation and as a result became involved in bird guide training and skills development. BirdLife South Africa launched the Community Bird Guide Training Program in 2001. The programme has relaunched in 2016 following a short break due to funding and personnel shortages.

The program is designed to provide local community members with an opportunity to participate in the ever-growing avi-tourism sector, as well as to create an awareness of the economic benefits of birds and their habitats to local communities.


The program works together with communities in each area to identify potential Community Bird Guides. Funding is then sourced to assist these community members in attending an accredited bird guide training course. An extensive route mentorship and support program is also in place to help guides to continue to grow and develop once training is completed.

Should you want to make use of any of these guides please feel free to contact them directly or through Martin Taylor, Bird Guide Training Project Manager, on

Recommended Bird Guiding Rates*
Clients 1 hour 2 hours 3-4 hours 5-6 hours 7-8 hours 8+ hours
1-2 pax R200.00 R275.00 R350.00 R450.00 R550.00 R700.00
3-4 pax R250.00 R300.00 R400.00 R550.00 R675.00 R800.00
5-8 pax R275.00 R375.00 R500.00 R650.00 R750.00 R900.00
8+ pax R375.00 R450.00 R600.00 R750.00 R850.00 R1000.00

* rates are per group, not per person

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To book a bird guide in any of the areas, please contact Martin Taylor
Cell: +27 72 277 7254

Contact details for Community Bird Guides

Eastern Cape

To book a guide, please contact Boniswa Tontsi

Cata Communal Property Association Administrator
Cell: 072 568 7926

Kruger to Canyons


Southern Kwazulu-Natal


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Mana Ntuli
Operating Area: Dlinza forest,Ntumeni,Mlalazi and Ongoye forest
Cell: +27 (0)73 910 6033

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