The Pan African Ornithological Congress

The Pan African Ornithological Congress will be held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from 16 – 20 November 2020. We look forward to hosting you.


Raptor Courses at Shingwedzi, Kruger National Park

Starting 14:30 Monday 11 November 2019
Ending 17:30 Wednesday 13 November 2019
Departure Thursday 14 November

Presenter: Ulrich Oberprieler

Join us for one of this raptor identification and appreciation course. The course is ‘down-to-earth’ and takes place over two-and-a-half days. Lectures will be held in an air-conditioned venue. The course includes practical activities and outings on the game drive vehicles.

Accommodation for three nights is provided in the standard 3-bed SANParks bungalows, with kitchenette, shower, and WC. Camping is an option.

SANParks 2020 Birding Fundraiser

The Waterberg Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers takes pleasure in offering you the opportunity to spend a luxurious birding weekend in the spectacular Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. The park boasts numerous habitat types and supports an impressive diversity. More than 450 species of birds have been recorded here. Specials include Pel’s Fishing-Owl and Senegal Coucal. In January, you can also expect to add several migrants to your list.

DATE: January 23, 2020 – January 26, 2020
COST: R4 500 per person sharing

Contact Person: Susan Otto
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Four night birding weekend at Ndumo Game Reserve

The Johannesburg Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers and BirdLife SA invite you to join us for a four night birding weekend at one of South Africa’s premier birding locations – the legendary Ndumo Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve boasts no less than 490 species, including Neergard’s Sunbird, Rudd’s Apalis, Eastern Nicator, Pink-throated Twinspot, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Narina Trogon, Sooty Falcon and Pel’s Fishing-Owl to name a few.


Raptor Identification Course. Letaba Rest Camp, 20-23 February 2020

Join the SANParks Honorary Rangers, Limpopo Region, together with leading birding expert and ecologist, Joe Grosel, in honing your raptor identification skills. Joe’s legendary knowledge and practical approach will help you ID raptors of all shapes, sizes and colours in no time, while his personal anecdotes and birding knowledge will keep you entertained and informed. Activities for the weekend include morning and afternoon bird- and game-spotting drives on open game viewing vehicles. The course will be hosted in the Letaba Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park which offers some of the best raptor viewing on the continent.


Johannesburg Region, SANParks Honorary Rangers . Ingula Nature Reserve, 24 & 25 January 2020

Join the SANParks Honorary Rangers, Johannesburg Region, together with leading birding experts from the newly declared Ingula Nature Reserve, in search of South Africa’s grassland endemics and specials. The newly declared nature reserve is home to over 340 different bird species and covers both the highlands, slopes and lowlands of the eastern escarpment between Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. This overlooked birding paradise is brimming with biodiversity including Yellow-breasted Pipit, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Grey-crowned Crane, Southern bald Ibis, Secretarybirds and White-bellied Korhaan. Birders will have access to a range of habitats including high altitude grasslands and wetlands, scarp forest and lowland savanna. Don’s miss out on this golden opportunity.

BirdLife South Africa is a proud member of the Ingula Partnership in collaboration with Eskom and the Middelpunt Wetland Trust.