The ninth annual Kruger Park Birding Weekend, held by the West Rand Honorary Rangers in conjunction with BirdLife South Africa, will once again be held in the last weekend of January next year. The organisers are expecting a record number of 650 participants this year, spread out over 16 camps in the park.
The event has proved so popular that this year the Honorary Rangers organised a trial of a second follow-up birding weekend to accommodate the overflow. No longer on a trial basis, this second birding weekend will be repeated next year, with birders staying at Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Sirheni, Bateleur and Satara from February 2-4, 2007. An extra night can also be booked for the first birding weekend on January 26, 2007.
The weekend costs R990 per person, which includes two nights accommodation, up to 10 hours of game drives, two generous bush style meals, and other events that vary from camp to camp. Over the weekend sponsored prizes and giveaways are also on offer. The funds raised by the weekend are used to help national parks in various ways.
Over the years the West Rand Honorary Rangers have bought specialised equipment for counter-poaching, built birding hides and other structures for the visitors to the park, amongst others. This year funds went towards the purchase of a light aircraft to be used in counter poaching. For more information on taking part in the birding weekend, contact Allan Vos on 011 664 7000.