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Birding initiative aims to improve awareness

17 September 2008

The Wilderness branch of the SANParks Honorary Rangers is hosting the first-ever Sasol Wilderness Birding Experience from October 2-7, based around the Ebb and Flow camp of the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).

The camp forms a natural epicentre for five separate biomes, each with its own distinctive population of birds. Birders can choose between self-guided daily outings or benefit from the experience and knowledge of specialised guides.

Southern Cape Honorary Rangers' chairman JJ van Rensburg said the event was part of a project to increase the awareness of the diversity of birdlife in the area. “A new birding initiative has recently been created in the region by the national organisation Birdlife SA, with the creation of the Garden Route and Little Karoo birding route and our event is intended to complement that new asset to the area,” he said.

Block bookings have been made at Wilderness Section for the influx of birders.

The park‘s front desk supervisor, Elsabe Theunissen, said that by late August some 85% of accommodation in the forest cabins and 46% of the rondavels had been snapped up in anticipation of the birding extravaganza.


JJ van Rensburg

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