The majority of the trainee bird guides on the Kruger to Canyons Bird Route are currently unemployed. With the successful completion of the training course, they will not only attain two accredited guiding unit standards, a level one first aid certificate and a basic guiding kit, but subsequently have the opportunity to apply their new skills in the tourism industry and find a permanent job for the very first time.
It is hoped that these trainees will follow in the footsteps of Abel Erasmus Pass based bird guide, Michael Kumako. The pass is a gateway to the central lowveld area and hosts some of the best raptor birding along the Kruger to Canyons Birding Route.
The many lay byes near the tunnel also offer an excellent opportunity to scan the surrounding cliffs and forest for special birds. This is Michael's office from where he has been able to create a sustainable livelihood for himself with some help from, amongst others, the rare Taita Falcons.