Bird Guides

Bird Guides are generally expert birders who offer a more personalised service to the serious birder. They are familiar with the spots for rare and endemic birds, and will go that extra mile to find a bird for you. Whilst most have their local area with which they are particularly familiar, some are very accomplished twitchers and can accompany you on a southern African safari that will visit all the birding hot-spots. Depending on the time of year and areas visited, trip lists of 400 to 600 species are possible.

Avian Leisure
Dave Allen Pelagics
Birding Botswana
Button Birding
Athol Marchant Pelagics
Bird and Eco-Tours
Birding Ecotours
Indicator Birding
Karoo Birding Safaris
Nomtsas Safaris
Rockjumper Tours
Birding Limpopo


Avian Leisure birding & wildlife safaris with the personal touch

Owner birders Patrick & Marie Louise Cardwell have established an international reputation as eco-tour operators specializing in small group guided tours or the specific needs of self-drive birders. We also run a birder friendly guesthouse above the penguin colony in the Western Cape and offer tailored tours in search of local endemics throughout Southern Africa [fully guided or site specific guides]. We use comfortable  accommodation close to prime birding localities. Pace and content depend on client wishes. Our Western Cape to the Limpopo Bushveld trip covers a particularly diverse mix of habitats to maximize opportunity making 400 plus sightings achievable. So whether you are interested in the splendour of careening pelagic seabirds off Cape Point or the magic of the African bush beyond Kruger Park to the Limpopo River.


Contact us:Tel/Fax : +27 (0)21 786 1414, Mobile: +27 83 272 2455, Skype: mlcardwell, Email:, Website:



Birding Botswana, run by Richard Randall, professional guide with over 40 years birding experience in southern Africa, offers tailor-made birding tours to Botswana’s finest destinations:  the Okavango Delta, Chobe, the Kalahari – and more. All levels of accommodation catered for, from up-market lodges to adventurous bush camping in the country’s birding hotspots. Trips to Namibia also arranged.

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 Birding Botswana
Malcolm Gemmell operates from Creighton (between Underberg and Ixopo) in southern Natal. He takes birders up Sani Pass and on local expeditions to find local specials and endemics, including Cape Parrott, Blue Swallow and Blackrumped Buttonquail. Habitats include pristine forest (Xumeni and Hlabeni), grassland, wetland and farmland.  Malcolm and his wife Gail are superb hosts and run a very comfortable B & B on their farm just outside Creighton.

E-mail: Tel: 039 8331029 or 0827895000
Bird & Eco-Tours: DEAT Registered Specialist Guide Dr Paul Martin operates bird watching and natural history tours in the Port Elizabeth region, where six of the country's seven biomes and their associated avifauna meet.

Dr Paul Martin, P O Box 61029, Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth 6212 Tel: +27 41 466 5698 Fax: +27 41 466 1815 Cell: +27 73 252 4111 E-mail:
Small group and custom-made birding tours (birdwatching tours in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Antarctica – worldwide).

Indicator Birding is based in Pretoria and offers guided birding and tours across Eastern South Africa. Pretoria and Johannesburg based tours will suit birders with a couple of days to spare and offers a host of regional endemics and excellent overall diversity clients have seen up to 300 species in 4 days!

Longer tours of from 4-21 days are offered across Eastern South Africa which includes the Kruger National Park, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, the Drakensberg and Mpumalanga hotspots such as Wakkerstroom, Dullstroom or Mt Sheba. A northern trip may take in Nylsvley, Polokwane (Pietersburg), Magoebaskloof, Pafuri or the Soutpansberg.

For trip reports, sample itineraries and bird-lists, visit our web-site. Contact Etienne Marais on +27 (0)12 653-2030, +27 (0)82-898-6998 e-mail Web site:


Japie Claassen of Karoo Safaris has spent his whole life in the Karoo. He specializes in finding LBJs and has been birding in the area for more than 20 years. Japie also has a good knowledge of the Karoo plants and animals. The Karoo is a little-explored part of South Africa, and the place to find a lot of the birding specials of the dry west. Karoo Birding Safaris specializes in half day to twenty day tours in the remote areas as well as other parts of SA in conjunction with other bird guides of those areas. Japie welcomes novice to experienced birders and is willing to share his knowledge of the Karoo with them.

Based on a private nature reserve he can show you most of the Karoo endemics in a short distance around Beaufort West like Cinnamon-breasted Wabler, Short-toed Rock Thrush, Karoo Eremomela, African Rock Pipit and Sclater's Lark.  Accommodation can be arranged.

Contact JAPIE CLAASSEN and KAROO BIRDING SAFARIS at P.O.Box 112, BEAUFORT WEST 6970, Western Cape, South Africa, or at Cell + 27 (0)83 724 7916  E-mail: or website FGASA & DEAT registered.
For a birding and enviro experience in the Karoo or elsewhere in Southern Africa.

Letaka Safaris

Letaka SafariesWe know a birding holiday is not just about where you go, it's who you go with - our birding tours are led by the Reed brothers both of whom have a lifetime's experience birding in Southern Africa. Letaka Safaris are based in the Okavango Delta and specialise in birding safaris in Moremi Game Reserve, Caprivi Strip, Chobe National Park and Central Kalahari. Letaka Safaris also run birding tours in Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mocambique (see our website for scheduled departures). Day trips to Lake Ngami are also arranged from Maun. Because we use our own accommodation on many of our safaris we are able to offer tours at significantly lower prices particularly in Botswana.

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For more information please visit our website.
Phone: +267 6800363 Skype: letakasafaris


You can rely on my knowledgeable and professional guidance to fulfill your personal requirements and make for a comfortable, top rate and cost effective eco-tour.Many years of experience have afforded me a good reputation specializing in Birding, Natural History and Photography.

We select the best Lodges, Guest Farms or Rest Camps considering the best location, quality and price ratio for you.Since long distances have to be covered, spacious 4x4 air-conditioned vehicles (mostly VW Microbuses) are used.My itineraries will give you an idea of the different possibilities for your safari.Or tell me about your special interests and expectations and I will offer you the tailor-made safari of your dreams.

Nomtsas Safaris, Telefax: +264 (0)61 233 511, Handy: +264 (0)81 124 9572, Website:, Email: 


A young company operated by two of Southern Africa's most experienced birders - Jonathan Rossouw and Adam Riley. Both are young professionals - Jonathan a medical doctor and Adam a chartered accountant.  We are offering tours encompassing the whole of Southern Africa, East Africa and Madagascar. Not only are birds our speciality but mammals, frogs and reptiles can be a major emphasis on our tours. Contact us for an unforgettable African or Malagasy experience.

P O Box 100558, Scottsville, 3209, South Africa. Tel/fax: +27 33 396 9975 Email: Website:


Casper Badenhorst is a free-lance bird guide stationed in Hoedspruit adjacent to the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Casper guides birders in the world famous Kruger National Park, the riverside forests along the Blyde-river Canyon and the Afro-montane forests of Mariepskop and Magoebaskloof. Other destinations include the Lebombo mountains of Swaziland, coastal forests of Northern Kwazulu-Natal and the grass- and wetlands of Wakkerstroom.

Tel/fax: +27-(0)72-5748084

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