Specialist Course

Birding in the Bush

"For all the serious birders"

Price $1050 USD
Course Type
Specialist Course
South Africa
7 Nights

Birding as a hobby has risen tremendously in the last decade and these days, visitors to the African wilderness areas want to do more than simply spot large game. Due to this development on the ecotourism front, we have developed our Birding in the Bush course to get these birding enthusiasts on their way to our wilderness camps in Makuleke, Karongwe and Mashatu. This course has been designed to broaden and enrich your knowledge and skills by educating you about the fascinating world of birds.

general information

Why do this course?

You don’t have to be a ‘twitcher’ to attend. The course caters for those who wish to learn the basics of bird identification or improve their existing identification skills. Although there are some lectures, it is very much a practical course with hours spent out in the field, learning how to successfully identify birds by both sight and sound. We are confident that any person attending our course will leave us more enriched and with greater confidence in being able to pass on the wonders and beauty of the South African birdlife to family, friends or clients.

about the school

Operating for 24 years, EcoTraining is the pioneer and leader in safari guide and wildlife training in Africa. EcoTraining is widely recognised by the safari industry for its credibility and standard of excellence in nature guide training. We offer accredited career courses, gap year and sabbatical programmes, nature programmes, high school and university study abroad programmes, custom courses and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges. All courses are run directly from EcoTraining’s unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe. To date EcoTraining has trained over 11 000 people from 33 different countries around the world.

course content

Some subjects covered on course

  • Evolution
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Habitats & Environments
  • Bird Identification
  • Bird Behaviour
  • Ethics

start dates

27 February 2021 - 5 March 2021


The sleeping arrangements at all our camps consist of two people sharing per tent. Single requests are required to pay double-rates. Women and men do not share tents unless booked as a couple.


  • Early morning wake-up (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal)
  • Brunch after activity (cooked breakfast and fruit salad)
  • Afternoon tea (light lunch/ sandwiches)
  • Dinner (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad)

The Birding in the Bush course takes place in Karongwe.


Departure from Johannesburg (1st day of course)
All EcoTraining scheduled BushBus transfers will depart from the Emerald Guesthouse on the first day of a course. The departure time is strictly 7am from the Emerald Guesthouse
Emerald Backpackers/ Guesthouse: (19 Halifax Rd, Kemptonpark)

Participants flying into Johannesburg (international and domestic) are advised to arrive the day before and overnight at Emerald
Backpackers/Guesthouse to ensure all passengers are on time for departure and the bus leaves as scheduled.
The guesthouse is within close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport and if supplied with your flight details, will collect you at no additional charge. They offer a range of accommodation options, to suit your individual requirements and budget. As the Bush Bus departs early morning from Emerald, overnighting at the guesthouse will help simplify your departure.

Please book directly with Emerald Backpackers/Guesthouse on [email protected]


2020 Rate per person R17 950

2021 Rate per person R19 350

Rate includes:

Accommodation (sharing)
Full meals
Instructors and Training
Bush walks
Open vehicle drives and specialist trainer/s.

Rate excludes:

Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
Any accommodation before and after the course
Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)
Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at the Kruger Makuleke camp)

Ecotraining learning water
Ecotraining owl tree
Ecotraining hornbill
Ecotraining bird
Ecotraining Campfire
Ecotraining makuleke walking students
Black headed Heron
Ecotraining tracking sand various

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