Wilderness Experience Birding in the Bush Southern Africa

Learn the basics of bird identification

Birding Course in Kruger National Park

The birding course in South Africa and Botswana is a unique opportunity, no matter whether you are a passionate birder, looking to further yourself professionally or personally, or simply looking for a quite unique type of holiday. Open your eyes to African birdlife and get familiar with some of the smaller residents of the African wilderness. Come and discover the unique world of birds in a fascinating landscape with NATUCATE.

The natural environment of South Africa and Botswana is renowned for its diversity and variety. This unique biodiversity hotspot is home to up to 800 wild species of birds, including a number of migratory birds. The birds are at home on the ground, in the trees and in the sky in the Savannah of the national and nature parks. Come and discover the unique world of birds in a fascinating natural landscape.

Services Our Services

Included

  • Placement in the course
  • Transport between campsites
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Game walks
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Game drives
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Classroom hours
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Additional activities
  • Accommodation during the course
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • All meals during the course
  • Certificate
  • Drinking water
  • 24/7 support throughout the course

Not included

  • Flights
  • Transport outside course hours
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee to Kruger National Park (Camp Makuleke)
  • Visa fees
  • Border crossing fee (Camp Mashatu)
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Further beverages (e.g. liquors, soft drinks, bottled water)
  • Accommodation outside course hours
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions

South Africa | Botswana: Dates

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.AF-010
7 Days 950 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the rand, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

Requirements

Requirements

All applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a good level of English. We will also require a certificate of vaccination and a doctor's certificate confirming that you are healthy and fit enough to take part in the course. No specialist knowledge is required – it's far more important for you to be interested in biology and enthusiastic about ornithology. You also need to make sure to get travel insurance before departing to Southern Africa.

Details Birding in the Bush

Details

    Birding Course

    You will arrive in Johannesburg one day before the course begins. You will be picked up for the course on the following day. You will be brought back to Johannesburg at the end of your course before continuing your travels or returning home.

    Instead of focusing on the bush and the big five as you would with a traditional safari, you will focus on the smaller residents of the African wilderness. The birding course gives you an opportunity to find out how to identify different birds based on their appearance and call, or to deepen your existing knowledge. In addition to some theoretical groundwork, most of your activity during the course will be a practical nature. There is no need to be a fanatical birder to take part. The course is suitable for people with any level of expertise and will be an enriching experience which will make you aware of the details of the African wilderness. The one-week course will take you through the African wilderness on foot and in off-road vehicles to gather interesting new insights into the ecosystem.

     

    Subjects of this course are

    • Evolution
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Habitats and environments
    • Bird identification
    • Bird behaviour
    • Ethics/conservation

    We realise that some of the people on our projects in Southern Africa want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, in particular the big five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.


    Accomodation

    Your accommodation for the duration of the birding course in Southern Africa will be in either stilt houses (Makuleke) or two-man tents (Mashatu, Selati, Karongwe). When staying in Makuleke you will have access to your own bathroom attached to the stilt house. Shared bathrooms are available in the other camps. All camps have a large common room for training, eating together and spending evenings with the group. The camps are not fenced in, and tourists have no access to the site. This gives you a special connection to the natural environment and allows you to enjoy the remoteness of your location.

    Everybody interested in our Wilderness Experiences should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

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