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Media Release: Calling all birding enthusiasts

Date: 2013-08-20

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The SANParks Honorary Ranger in the Mountain Zebra National Park region will be hosting their annual Sasol Birding Weekend in the Park from 6 to 8 September 2013.

This is your chance to enjoy birding in the scenic landscapes of the Park, with a chance of spotting the Park’s specials such as the Drakensberg rock jumper, ground woodpecker, Ludwig’s bustard, Layards titbabbler and martial eagle.

Experienced birders and novices alike are welcome to participate in the event which promises both good-natured competition and time to relax. Bird sightings are guaranteed, with last year’s winners having spotted almost 30 bird species in the rest camp surrounds alone.

The weekend kicks off with registration at the Conference room on Friday 6 September from 16:00.  This will be followed by a welcoming and dinner, with a special talk on birding by the University of Rhodes’ Prof. Adrian Craig.

Saturday’s programme kicks off with late registration from 05:30 to 07:00, and a full day of birding is planned from 05:30 to 17:00.  Prize-giving will take place at 18:30, and will be followed by a dinner braai. Prizes on offer include accommodation getaways at various national parks.

Prof. Craig will give a birding ringing demonstration on Sunday morning, after which the rest of the day can be spent at leisure, enjoying the beauty the Park has to offer.  Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the three lion introduced into the Park earlier this year.

Organised by the Honorary Rangers at Mountain Zebra National Park, the weekend costs R250 per person and includes the two dinners.

The registration fee does not include accommodation and this can be booked through SANParks on (012) 428 9111 or (041) 583 2030, via e-mail on or online at 

Mountain Zebra National Park offers two-bedroom family cottages, a historic guesthouse, rustic mountain cottages and a camping ground.

For further information contact Willem Olivier on 083 702 5218 or

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged stilt. Photographer: Carey Hobson

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Orange-throated longclaw. Photographer: Carey Hobson

Issued by: 
South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region Communications
Tel: 041 508 5422

Fayroush Ludick
Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks  
Tel: 041 508 5422;  Cell: 082 888 0201



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