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The 2015 SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza

Date: 2015-03-25

Join in all the birding fun and excitement at the 2015 SASOL Tankwa Birding Bonanza.

Support Team SA and contribute to a cause saving birds that migrate to SANParks

Date: 2015-03-09

Three of South Africa’s top birders (Chris Lotz, Trevor Hardaker and Jason Boyce) are representing South Africa in the annual migration challenge “Champions of the Flyway” held in Israel every March.  Their team is called Birding Ecotours.

Media Release: West Rand Region's Kruger National Park birding weekends

Date: 2015-02-06

The 2015 SANParks Honorary Rangers, West Rand Region’s birding weekends are in full swing in the Kruger National Park.  Held in partnership with Birdlife South Africa and Sasol, these weekends held across 20 camps within the park are aimed raising funds for conservation through educating and exposing the public to the wonders of birding.

Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park takes place in February 2015

Date: 2014-12-11

Registrations are now open for birders to participate in the Sasol Golden Gate annual birding weekend which takes place from 6-8 February 2015. This event organised by the Free State Region of the Honorary Rangers, raises funds for SANParks conservation projects within Golden Gate Highlands National Park.  

New Bird of Prey species identified in Southern Africa

Date: 2014-10-24

And the discovery prompts birders to review old photos and it is discovered that it was recorded and found in SANParks, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in August 2001.

Birders identification and conservation course - Pretoria region

Date: 2014-07-31

One of SANParks' peers in the conservation arena, Birdlife SA, through their Western Cape Birding initiative, is running another bird identification and conservation course in the Greater Pretoria region on the 25th and 26th of September 2014.

Bookings open for Sasol/Addo Birding Weekend

Date: 2014-06-20

Avid birders should not delay in making their bookings for the Sasol Addo Birding Weekend which will be held in Addo Elephant National Park from 31 October – 2 November 2014.

Fun-filled holiday programme for youngsters at AENP in December

Date: 2013-12-09

Both kiddies and their parents can look forward to a fun-filled holiday programme in Addo Elephant National Park, packed with activities for youngsters between the ages of four and 12 during December 2013.

Media Release: Kruger Elephant Cull Denied

Date: 2000-03-11

The South African National Parks (SANP) has poured cold water on a sensational and misleading report in the Mail and Guardian that 1000 elephants will be culled next year. According to Mavuso Msimang the Chief Executive of SANP "no decision has been taken to kill any elephants in the Kruger National Park".

Media Release: Calling all birding enthusiasts

Date: 2013-08-20

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.

Karoo National Park's feathery friends

Date: 2013-02-15

Why did the chicken cross the road?  In this case, to teach the baby ostrich how to feed.  Well, that’s the situation at Karoo National Park, in any case.  

Calling all Raptor enthusiasts

Date: 2013-02-15

A raptor identification course is planned for the weekend of 8 – 10 March 2013, at Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock.

First-ever Mountain Zebra National Park Sasol Birding Weekend

Date: 2012-10-08

There is still time for novice and experienced birders to sign up for the first-ever Sasol Birding Weekend at Mountain Zebra National Park. The Park’s Honorary Rangers, who are organising the weekend, hope that this inaugural event will become an annual one.


Red-billed Oxpeckers re-introduced into Mokala National Park

Date: 2012-10-01

South African National Parks (SANParks) and The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) released 21 red-billed oxpeckers into the Mokala National Park on 22 September 2012. 

Hurry to book your Addo birding weekend!

Date: 2012-06-06

Avid birders should not delay in making their bookings for the Sasol Addo Birding Weekend which will be held in Addo Elephant National Park from 19 to 21 October 2012. 

Media Release: Enthusiasts invited to the 2nd Camdeboo National Park Birding Weekend

Date: 2010-10-21

Camdeboo National Park will host its second Birding Weekend from Friday 5 November to Sunday 7 November 2010.

Media Release: Red-billed oxpeckers fly into MZNP

Date: 2010-08-18

A group of 40 red-billed oxpeckers will be flown into the Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) near Cradock this week.

Media Release: Enthusiasts invited to inaugural Camdeboo National Park Birding Weekend

Date: 2009-09-29

Camdeboo National Park will host its first ever Birding Weekend from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November 2009.

Flight for Birders at the Agulhas National Park

Date: 2009-01-27

The Flight for Birders Bird Identification and Conservation Course by Dr. Anton Odendal of BirdLife Overberg was presented at the Bosheuwel educational centre in the Agulhas National Park on 22 and 23 January.

Sasol/Glendower Agulhas Birding Weekend a success

Date: 2008-10-23

The Sasol/Glendower Agulhas Birding Weekend took place very successfully during the 17-19 October 2008. Forty birders took part consisting of Bird Clubs and family groups mainly from Cape Town, the Boland and Overberg regions.

Wilderness Birding Experience "The Best"

Date: 2008-10-07

The inaugural Sasol Wilderness Birding Experience finished yesterday after 5 days of concentrated bird watching in 17 venues in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.

Stiffnecks Latest Newsletter

Date: 2008-05-07

Please find herewith the Stiffnecks latest newsletter.

Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park

Date: 2008-04-14

The West Rand Honorary Rangers are proud to present their inaugral Beginner's Birding Course in Kruger National Park in October 2008. The event will be run along similar lines to the region's very successful Kruger Birding Weekend, which is held in January each year, and sponsored by SASOL.

Support the Lowveld/KNP Large Bird Project

Date: 2008-02-26

The Endangered Wild Life Trust's 'Birds of Prey Working Group' (EWT-BoPWG) recently launched a Lowveld/Kruger National Park (KNP) Large Bird Project. To support this project, the group are looking at working with SANParks to provide training to Field Rangers on the identification and monitoring of some of the key large bird species in the Kruger National Park.

First Stiffnecks Newsletter of 2008

Date: 2008-02-26

The year has started off on several good notes, the first being the West Rand Honorary Ranger’s annual birding weekend, which a Stiffnecks team participated in and thoroughly enjoyed!

Sasol Wilderness Birding Experience

Date: 2008-01-21

A special birding event has been planned for the Southern Cape region under the auspices of the Southern Cape Honorary Rangers and the generous support of SASOL and Glendower.

The Pelican Challenge on the West Coast

Date: 2008-01-11

The near-threatened Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is arguably the largest fish-eating seabird endemic to the South African West Coast. It can be recognised in flight by its huge wingspan, S-shaped neck, long beak, its penchant for soaring in thermals and for flying in formation. Some call it the Jumbo Jet of the birds.

Angels on an Avian Mission

Date: 2007-12-05

What do you get when you send a bunch of women on a mission to find a Pel’s Fishing owl, armed with CyberTracker equipment and a mandate to raise funds for SANParks? You get Angels on an Avian Mission of course, the name given to a fund and awareness raising expedition made up of six SANParks staff and forum members who recently returned from Kruger National Park after successfully finding the Pel’s Fishing Owl (of course), as well as achieving a number of other serious and not so serious objectives.

Birding the SANParks' Routes' with Birdlife SA

Date: 2007-10-09

South Africa’s National Parks form key locations in Birdlife SA’s Birding Route Network. Birding Routes are a way of linking birding locations for birding travellers to enable them to either maximise a continuous journey by visiting several proximate locations on a single trip, or to explore regions more thoroughly by sampling different locations on separate trips.

Sleep in the Knysna Forest!

Date: 2007-10-09

SANParks has recently launched Forest Timber Camping Decks in the heart of Knysna Forest. Set in a landscape of beautiful beaches and rocky headlands, shimmering lakes, green pastures and jagged mountains, the Knysna Forest Camping Decks affords the visitor an opportunity to feel at one with nature.

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