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10th Anniversary Kruger Park Birding Weekend
It's that time of year again and bookings for the 2008 West Rand Honorary Ranger '10th Anniversary' Kruger Park Birding Weekend are open! As is usual, the popular event takes place over the last Weekend in January and the first Weekend in February 2008.
The weekends, which are sponsored by SASOL and endorsed by BirdLifeSA, are great fun, and whether you're a serious birder or a keen novice, the event is regarded as one of the highlights on the South African Birding calendar. The organisors are once again expecting a mad scramble for the places that are available, so to avoid disappointment, you need to get your bookings in right away. Bookings will be taken on a 'first-come-first-served' basis.
A word of warning - last year 4 camps and 75% of the units were booked out by the 3rd week of July, and fully booked by October.
The first Weekend will be from Friday 25th-Sunday 27th January, and except for Pretoriuskop, will consist of the same camps that were used for the 2007 event: Berg-en-Dal, Croc Bridge, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Mopani, Olifants, Orpen, Punda Maria, Satara, Shingwedzi, Skukuza and Talamati.
The second Weekend will run from Friday 1st February - Sunday 3rd February, with Pretoriuskop being added to Bateleur, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria , Satara , Sirheni and Shingwedzi.
Due to higher accommodation costs, bookings for the Bush Camps of Talamati, Bateleur and Sirheni must be for a minimum of 3 nights.
Bookings for Talamati must include Thursday 24th January, and Bateleur and Sirheni, must include Thursday 31st January. Accommodation is in 4 bedded bungalows, so bookings must be for a minimum of 4 guests, and thereafter in multiples of 4.
The price for the weekend is R1100 per person. This is great value, and includes 2 nights accommodation (Friday and Saturday), 2 lavish catered meals, 10 hours of game drives during both day and night with birding experts to maximize your bird spotting opportunities, as well as prizes and give-aways.
Please e-mail the organisers for more information.