An exciting initiative along all the birding routes and in areas adjacent to birding hotspots and IBA’s is the availability of Community Bird Guides. The guides provide improved security and valuable information on where elusive and special bird species may be found, and in some cases can gain you access to otherwise restricted locations. Although we have detailed below suggested rates for the use of these guides, they are self-employed and free to set their own rates but they are affordable and offer very competitive rates within the guiding industry.
BirdLife South Africa recognised the important role that local communities can play in conservation and as a result became involved in bird guide training and skills development. BirdLife South Africa launched the Community Bird Guide Training Program in 2001. The programme has relaunched in 2016 following a short break due to funding and personnel shortages.
The program is designed to provide local community members with an opportunity to participate in the ever-growing avi-tourism sector, as well as to create an awareness of the economic benefits of birds and their habitats to local communities.
The program works together with communities in each area to identify potential Community Bird Guides. Funding is then sourced to assist these community members in attending an accredited bird guide training course. An extensive route mentorship and support program is also in place to help guides to continue to grow and develop once training is completed.
Should you want to make use of any of these guides please feel free to contact them directly or through Martin Taylor, Bird Guide Training Project Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org
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* rates are per group, not per person
To book a bird guide in any of the areas, please contact Martin Taylor
Cell: +27 72 277 7254
To book a guide, please contact Boniswa Tontsi
Cata Communal Property Association Administrator
Cell: 072 568 7926
Operating area: Ndlinza Forest, Umlalazi Nature Reserve and Amatigulu Nature Reserve. Lethukuthula qualified as a FGASA level 1 guide in 2017.
Cell: 071 160 0206
Operating Area: Dlinza forest,Ntumeni,Mlalazi and Ongoye forest
Cell: +27 (0)73 910 6033
Operating Area: Amatigulu and Stanger hide
Cell: +27 (0)82 675 7965