BirdLife South Africa aims to promote South Africa as a top-class bird watching destination which is vital for the long-term conservation of the country's wild birds and their habitats. The BirdLife South Africa Birding Routes provide birders information on where to go birding, who to go birding with and where to stay in South Africa.
An integral part of the Birding Routes is partnerships with local accommodation establishments. Global trends in ecotourism have indicated a willingness from ecotourists to support establishments that undertake activities that are in line with the principles of responsible tourism. BirdLife South Africa has undertaken to ensure that all the accommodation establishments that they support operate in an environmentally and social sustainable manner in line with the mission statement of BirdLife South Africa.
By displaying the BirdLife South Africa's "Birder Friendly" branding, establishments are easily recognised by birders. Their commitment demonstrates that they are promoting their Birder Friendly Establishment (BFE) as a prime avitourism destination, whilst doing their bit for bird conservation in South Africa.
Establishments are required to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for 'Birder Friendly' status:
For an annual subscription of R1 200 (South Africa) or R1 770 (SADC countries), BirdLife South Africa is committed to offering members of the Birder Friendly scheme the following benefits:
Please complete and return via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: 086 511 5171.
Other valuable documents:
For more information on how to register as a 'Birder Friendly Establishment", please contact Natasja Retief on +27 (0)84 815 5765 (mobile) or email@example.com
The South African BFEs are listed according to provinces and nearest city/town. Click on a province below to view more details about BFEs in the area.