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2018 Events

Limpopo Region Birding Weekend

Date: 19-22 July 2018

SANParks Honorary Rangers: Limpopo Region, and leading birding expert Joe Grosel, cordially invite you to join us for an unforgettable three night birding weekend in July. The Mapungubwe National Park, located at the confl uence of the Limpopo and Shashi Rivers in the North of the Limpopo Province, is host to the Three-banded Courser, Tropical Bou Bou, Meves (Long-tailed) Starling and Senegal Coucal, as well as a wide variety of Raptors. But, because of its proximity to Botswana and Zimbabwe, you can expect all sorts of species to turn up! You’ll be staying at the luxurious Tshugulu Bush Lodge, situated in a secluded corner of the Park. This spacious thatched accommodation offers superior en-suite rooms and spectacular views. Activities include informative birdlife talks, morning and afternoon bird and open vehicle game drives in the company of Joe Grosel and Park Rangers, a visit to the tree top boardwalk overlooking the Limpopo River and a night drive in search of owls and nightjars.

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Limpopo Region September Raptor Course

Southern Africa is blessed with a great diversity of raptors. Close on 80 species occur in this region during the summer months. This large assortment of species, many of which are superficially similar and show distinct variation between age classes provides an exciting identification challenge for any bird enthusiast.

The SANParks Honorary Rangers Limpopo Region invite you to join leading Limpopo Province birding expert and ecologist Joe Grosel on an exciting three-day programme which introduces participants to a practical identification
system whereby the entire region’s raptor species can be recognized. Apart from the identification aspect, interesting subjects relating to the life histories and ecology of each species is also covered. The event will take place in the Letaba Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park which due to its locality offers some of the best raptor viewing on the continent. Activities for the weekend will include morning and afternoon bird and game spotting drives on open game viewing vehicles in the company of Joe Grosel and Park Rangers.

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Spring Day will take place this Septemer at the lovely, bird-friendly park located a few 100 m from Isdell House.


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Kedar Birdwatching Weekend


Karoo Birding Weekend 2018

Date: 19-21 October 2018
Entry: R750

The Karoo Region invites you to join us for our Big Birding Bash from 19-21 October 2018. Spot the Karoo Chat, Karoo Eremomela, Namaqua Warbler and Karoo Long-Billed Lark among many endemics, large terrestrials and raptors.

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SANParks Ndumo Birding Weekend: 26-29 October 2018

The annual SANParks Ndumo Birding Weekend promises birders of all skill levels an opportunity to visit the beautiful northern KwaZulu-Natal bushveld and sand forest. Ndumo hosts 490 different species of birds including specials such as Pink-throated Twinspot, Neergard’s Sunbird, Rudd’s Apalis, Sooty Falcon, Pel’s Fishing Owl and many more! Enjoy bush walks with the talented and knowledgeable local reserve rangers and Honorary Ranger volunteers. Proceeds raised will be going towards BirdLife South Africa’s Terrestrial Bird Conservation Programme .

For more info please contact Tim or Stuart at

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Wagtail Conservation Festival 2018: 9 - 10 November 2018

Wagtail Festival PosterIt’s time for Wagtail Festival 2018! The Wagtail Festival is one of KZN’s biggest conservation festivals, with close on 2000 people passing through the gates in 2017, with people traveling to the festival from throughout the KZN province.

The Inaugural Wagtail Conservation Festival took place in 2017, and it was hailed as a major success where key conservation issues were highlighted. A group of passionate people came together in creating awareness and educating the community on environmental issues in the Amanzimtoti and Illovo area.

On the 9-10 November 2018 nature enthusiasts will come together at Amanzimtoti Sports Centre, Amanzimtoti, Kwa-Zulu Natal, for the Wagtail Conservation Festival, for a weekend where conservation is the focus. In 2018 we aim to continue with the work we started in 2017, where we had eco-talks on various topics ranging from birds, snakes, insects and flora. The aim with the Wagtail Conservation Festival is to promote and create awareness of nature and conservation in the Amanzimtoti area, as well as raise awareness around the work that conservation organisations are doing in our province and nation.

The Sapphire Coast area is a eco-tourism treasure chest, and we want to ensure that visitors, tourists and residents alike come to spend some time exploring the wonderful hidden gem, teeming with nature and birdlife right on our doorstep. We aim to put the Amanzimtoti area on the map when it comes to areas that people would visit to experience nature and birdlife.

This year we have assembled some of South Africa’s leading speakers in the area of conservation. Amongst other speakers, we have Faansie Peacock the well known author and ornithologist, KZN’s snake guy Nick Evans, world renowned butterfly expert Steve Woodhall and many others. The festival will start on the Friday night with a dinner. On the Saturday the main day of the festival takes place from 8am-5pm with talks taking place throughout the day. We will have a variety of conservation and nature stands, as well as stands with conservation related products and books, a nature friendly garden section, an interactive kiddies section with activities and talks as well as guided nature walks throughout the day. The Wagtail is truly a one stop festival for all things related to nature and conservation.

The Festival, as well as providing conservation organisations exposure, is also a great platform for companies with businesses relating to birding and nature to get exposure in the KZN market. The Wagtail Festival advertising has a large reach for potential advertisers and companies that wish to get involved. We encourage optics companies, camera and lens companies, bird guides, field guides, tour companies, birding and nature destinations, nature apparal brands and stores, and all companies involved in birding and nature to book a stand. Stands are available at a rate that allows cost effective marketing to be done.

We also have limited stalls available for food vendors. All food vendors are also encouraged to be ‘nature friendly’, with the use of single use plastic straws not allowed during the festival.

The Wagtail Festival 2018 is a weekend where we all come together for the greater good of our enviroment, to educate and empower people on the importance of conversation, where we partner with all people from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds uniting for the good of our Eco-Sysytem and Community.

Please note that all funds that are raised over the course of the weekend will be used for the upkeep and improvement nature trails at Amanzimtoti Sports Club and Illanda Wilds.

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Exhibiter booking form available here

The Kruger Bird & Wildlife Challenge

Learn more about the Kruger Bird & Wildlife Challenge here.

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