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6th Sasol/Marakele Birding Breakaway taking place in October

29 August 2008

The sixth annual Sasol/Marakele Birding Breakaway will take place during the weekend of 17 - 19 October 2008 in Marakele National Park.

There will be bird ringing and bird viewing with open vehicles and/or own vehicles. It will also be possible to do some birding at night for sightings such as the pennant wing nightjar, owls and nocturnal animals like civets etc.

Our guest speakers for the weekend are Herman van Niekerk and Saartjie Kidson, Co-authors of the “Spotters Guide of Birds of the Bushveld”.

Marakele is one of SANParks parks situated in a malaria free area next to the town of Thabazimbi. Thabazimbi is 240 km from Pretoria and 270 km from Johannesburg.

Marakele National Park is the home to 28 different mammal species and 380 bird species which includes about 600 breeding pairs of cape griffons.


  • Friday 13:00-18:00 Registration

  • Friday 19:00 Cheese & Wine function with guest speaker

  • Saturday 07:00 Collect Lunch pack

  • Saturday Birding whole day

  • Saturday 19:00 Potjie

  • Sunday 11:00 Brunch and prizes


The following accommodation is available:

  • Bontle Camping site: Accommodating maximum of 6 (six) persons per site. Power points available. Two sets of camping sites are wheelchair friendly with accessible ablutions

    Price: R400-00 for 2 (two) persons – additional persons R100 per person for the weekend.

  • 2 Man tents in Bontle Camp: Tents available with 2 (two) matrasses (Bring your own bedding)

    Price: R500.00 for the weekend.

  • Tlopi Tented camp: Safari Tents (one being wheelchair friendly). Two single beds per tent, stretchers available on request. Fan, Kitchen, WC and shower.

    Price: R1400.00 for the weekend.

Click here to download the registration form.

Book early to avoid disappointment. Proof of payment secures your booking and 30 days notice for cancellation.

Queries: Ryna Gerber: 082 214 0616 or (014) 717-4222 & E-Mail:

This initiative is sponsored by Sasol in conjunction with Birdlife South Africa.