African Birding Course (standard)
(South African Rand)
- 4 February – 10 February (Makuleke)
- 27 February – 5 March (Makuleke)
- 27 August – 2 September (Karongwe)
- Karongwe – Private Game Reserve, West of Kruger, South Africa
- Makuleke – Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park, South Africa
About the Birding Course
These South African bird training courses have been designed to cater for those who wish to learn the basics of bird identification or improve their existing identification skills. It is open to those who are serious about birding and those who just want to have a fantastic experience of the African wilderness learning about birds.
It is very much a practical course, although there are some lectures which include the following:
- Birding Ethics and Code of Conduct
- Birding Equipment
- Bird Anatomy and Physiology
- Species Identification in the field
Courses incorporate theory sessions during the day and practical bird identification sessions of early morning and late afternoon drive/walks. Usually, the theory session is held after breakfast or before departing on the afternoon walk or drive.
A Training Manual is provided, however we recommend participants bring notepad/book/pens to take further notes, your own bird field guide (various bird books are provided for use during the course) and most importantly good binoculars.
Practical Field Sessions:
The practical sessions in the field will assist you in knowing what to look for to successfully identify birds and students will be encouraged to identify birds by both sight and sound. Focus is on the common bird species, including raptors.
The practical sessions, will be either walking or in an open game drive vehicle or a combination of both.
The course includes both a Bird Photo Identification and a Bird Call Identification assessment on the final full day. 75% pass mark on both assessments is required to pass the course.
We are confident that any person attending our course will leave us more enriched and with greater confidence in being able to enjoy the beauty of the South African bird life.
If you would prefer a more advanced Birding Course, we would be able to facilitate this on some of the birding dates. Please contact us for more information if this is what you are interested in.
A typical day (but this can vary)
Will consist of theory sessions during the day:
- held in the camp incorporating use of electronic media to add value and interest
- after breakfast (after returning from morning practical walk or drive)
- and then again after a midday break and prior to the afternoon practical walk or drive
- Practical bird identification sessions during early morning and late afternoon drives and or walks
Note: An extensive Training Manual is provided, however we recommend participants bring notepad/book/pens; to take further notes and also your own bird field guide(s) (various bird books are provided for use during the course) and most importantly good binoculars.
Advanced Birding Option
All participants will receive a certificate of participation on completion. However, should you wish to be assessed for the FGASA Regional Bird Guide qualification (FGASA birding slide/ sound assessment and the bird guiding skills practical assessment), please request this at the time of booking (FGASA Field Guide Level 1 is a minimum requirement, Level 2 is highly recommended). Additional assessment fees will apply.