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7-day Birding in the Bush Course

This is the perfect wildlife course for bird enthusiasts who want to identify as many species of birds as possible.

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Birding adventure

The course is a 7-day adventure that takes you through different habitats where you will learn about the ecology and behaviour of the birds living there. You will also be taught how to identify different species of birds.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn about some of Africa’s most beautiful birds. The course is led by experienced guides who will make sure you have a wonderful learning experience.

This course caters to those who wish to learn about the basics of bird identification or improve their existing skills. Participants do not have to be “twitchers” to attend.

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What to expect from the 7-day Birding in the Bush Course

Frequent activities in a pristine environment

This course is an exceptional opportunity for anyone interested in birding. You will be based at a camp located in prime wildlife areas, and participate in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day, providing you with frequent practical activities in a pristine environment. This comprehensive course covers a range of subjects, including evolution, anatomy and physiology, habitats and environments, bird identification, bird behaviour and ethics.

Experienced instructors

Not only will you improve your bird identification skills, but you will also enjoy the process of birding itself. EcoTraining’s experienced instructors will guide you through the course, helping you to discover the beauty and wonder of birdlife in a way that will leave you feeling enriched and inspired.

Where the course takes place

The 7-day Birding in the Bush Course is generally held at Makuleke EcoTraining wilderness camp in the Kruger National Park. 

The benefits of taking the 7-day Birding in the Bush Course

Join us for an amazing opportunity to explore the magnificent birdlife of Africa!

Led by experienced and passionate birding instructors, this course promises to be an unforgettable learning experience. You will leave feeling enriched and empowered, with the confidence to share your newfound knowledge and appreciation of South African birdlife with those around you. Don’t miss this incredible chance to immerse yourself in the wonders and beauty of Africa’s avian world!

Improve your bird identification skills by taking a bird identification course with EcoTraining and learn from some top birders. And, wherever you go, you can start by making bird lists regularly. This list helps you become thoroughly familiar with the species you already know and acquainted with species that are new to you.

Read up on the species you already know. That way, you gain the specialist knowledge you can impart to others, bringing the species to life in a way that will fascinate them.

To become a birder, you don’t need to start with fancy, expensive equipment or books. You require your eyes, hearing and a decent foundation of understanding.

Certification & accreditation

EcoTraining is an FGASA-endorsed training provider that is accredited by CATHSSETA.

The 7-day Birding in the Bush Course is led by experienced guides who will make sure you have a wonderful learning experience.

What you can expect to graduate with

Entry level requirements

What to pack

We’ve put together a useful packing list for you so you know what you need to bring on this course. Everything you’ll need to be comfortable and make the most of your time in the African bush.

Course dates

30 September – 06 October 2023 (Makuleke)
26 February – 03 March 2024 (Makuleke)
13 October – 19 October 2024 (Makuleke)

FAQ about the 7-day Birding in the Bush Course

Join us for an amazing opportunity to explore the magnificent birdlife of Africa!

Led by experienced and passionate birding instructors, this course promises to be an unforgettable learning experience. You will leave feeling enriched and empowered, with the confidence to share your newfound knowledge and appreciation of South African birdlife with those around you. Don’t miss this incredible chance to immerse yourself in the wonders and beauty of Africa’s avian world!

Read up on the species you already know. That way, you gain the specialist knowledge you can impart to others, bringing the species to life in a way that will fascinate them.

To become a birder, you don’t need to start with fancy, expensive equipment or books. You require your eyes, hearing and a decent foundation of understanding.

Typically, at Makuleke, Pafuri region of the Kruger National Park. It is a birding hotspot with a high concentration and variety of birds.

A few of the birding specialities found in the the Makuleke concession are:

  • The Bohm’s Spinetail
  • Mottled Spinetail
  • Racket-tailed Roller
  • Three Banded Courser
  • Lemon-breasted Canary
  • Black-throated Wattle-eye
  • Pel’s Fishing Owl
  • Meve’s Starling
  • Dickinson’s Kestrel
  • Bat Hawk
  • Tropical Boubo
  • Brown-necked Parrot

These are only a few names so that you can imagine this majestic concession’s thriving birding life.

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