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2018 Events

Mapungubwe Calls

The SANParks Honorary Rangers, Waterberg Region is hosting another opportunity in 2018 to experience the magnificent birds of Mapungubwe.  This partially catered, guided, three night event is not to be missed. The bird count during these weekends is usually over 250 species.

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SANParks Honorary Rangers 2018 Kruger National Park Birding Weekends

26 - 28 January

02 - 04 February

09 - 11 February

Read more or for more information,  please contact Norma Gardiner on or 011 476 3057

Nature Call

Join us in the forests and mistbelt grasslands of the eastern escarpment for a casual weekend away in celebration of afromontane wildlife. This is a self drive, self catering getaway for nature enthusiasts of all knowledge levels. The weekend will be hosted by Natural Scientific Services at the breathtaking Lekgalametse Nature Reserve. Accommodation in the Reserves cosy log cabins nestled alongside a stream under dense forest at the foot of the imposing mountains. Activities will include a presentation on the local flora, birds and other wildlife with walks for birds, butterflies, amphibians and flora. See the attached brochure for more information or contact NSS at 011 787 7400 / 0836229224 ( or ).

West Coast Wader Bash

SANParks Honorary Rangers in conjunction with BirdLife SA invite you to the West Coast National Park Wader Bash. Here's your chance to experience the plethora of the wader birdlife in the West Coast National Park, especially Langebaan Lagoon, an official RAMSAR site of international importance. Your team of four, accompanied by an experienced birding guide, will identify as many waders as possible in a 24 hour period. It promises to be a fun-filled weekend, with excellent bird watching, good food, comaraderie and gentle competition in beautiful surrounds.

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Beginners Bird Course

BirdLife Port Natal will be holding a Beginner’s Bird Course on Saturday 10 February 2018 from 08:30 am to 1 pm. The venue will be the Conference Centre at Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, Pinetown, Durban. The presenters will be David Allan and Steve Davis. Join us for a morning designed to get your birding year off to the best possible start. View More Information

Limpopo Region Raptor Course

Southern Africa is blessed with a great diversity of raptors. Close to 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 reconized...

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Professor Peter Ryan - "Seabird Mecca: South Africa's Prince Edward Islands"

South Africa's Prince Edward Islands, declared Special Nature Reserves, are home to 28 breeding seabird species, including almost half of the world's Wandering Albatrosses, four other albatrosses and four species of penguins. The only land bird is the Lesser Sheathbill, which rears its chicks by stealing food from seabirds. Marion Island, the larger of the two islands, has suffered more from human activities than Prince Edward, but this is slowly being redressed through an ambitious restoration programme. This talk will illustrate the amazing diversity of birds and other wildlife at South Africa's only overseas territory.

Date: 17th February 2018
Time: 14:00
Venue: Delta Park Environmental Centre
Cost: R50

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Enjoy Peacock For Breakfast - Valentines Birding Event

The SANParks Honorary Rangers Pretoria Region invites you to join us for an exclusive morning event at the Pretoria Country Club. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast as you listen to a stimulating presentation by Faansie Peacock, author, illustrator, speaker and scientific consultant. Faansie has authored or co-authored six books on birds, including Pipits of Southern Africa (2006), The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng (2008), the acclaimed Chamberlain’s LBJs (2012) and most recently Chamberlain’s WADERS, with the promise of more to come.

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Weekend Family Getaway

Calling all birders and their families! For the first time, Rockjumper Birding Adventures, in association with ZEISS Group, Champagne Sports Resort and BirdLife South Africa, presents an offering for the entire family. Join us from 23to 25 February 2018 in the beautiful Champagne Sports Resort set in the Central Drakensberg, where we will play host throughout your stay. This event promises to be a fun-filled family weekend of birding AND non-birding activities; something for everyone! Find out more here

Escarpment Birding Workshop

2-4 March 2018, in Dullstroom

This workshop is an expose of the combined knowledge and expertise of three of our most knowledgeable and experienced birders, guides and teachers on bird identification, but with a difference. They will be opening up their hearts and souls to their personal development as birders and the valuable lessons they have learnt. So come joined us as we host Geoff Lockwood, Etienne Marais and Duncan McKenzie, and they show you in talks and fieldwork how to become a master birder.

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Josh's Big Year - Book Launch

From a broken, suicidal and autistic teenager, who dropped out of school at 15, comes a remarkable 300-page self-published coffee table book telling a story of courage, and triumph of the human spirit. Books available for R699

Venue: Old Edwardian, 11th/9th Ave. Lower Houghton
Date: Thursday 15 March 2018
Time: 5:30pm for 6:00pm - 7:00pm
RSVP: Kathy at 072 460 4150 /

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Camdeboo Birding Weekend 2018

Friday 16th of March 2018 to Sunday 18th of March 2018 at Camdeboo National Park near Graaff-Reinet for a Karoo Birding experience like never before. Registration takes place on the 16th of March at 10:00 at the National Park office, 4km out of Graaff-Reinet on the N9 to Middleburg. You can contact Rosemary Scheepers at for more info.

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The Kruger Bird & Wildlife Challenge

Learn more about the Kruger Bird & Wildlife Challenge here.

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