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Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate

February 6, 2015 - February 8, 2015

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Friday, 5 December 2014


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

Registrations are now open for birders to participate in the Sasol Golden Gate annual birding weekend which takes place from 6th-8th 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. 

The Golden Gate Vulture Hide was partly funded by previous birding events and provides birders the opportunity to spot the rare bearded vulture.

“Not only is the birding event a special experience, but the data gathered at the event will also be an official census of birds in the park and make an important contribution to the official bird list of the park.” said Elinda Mentjies of the Free Ste Honorary Rangers

Some of the special species of birds that have been recorded at Golden Gate are Cape Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Southern Bald Ibis, Gurney`s Sugarbird, Ground Woodpecker, Bush Blackcap, Whitebellied Korhaan, Verreaux`s Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, South African Shelduck, Yellow wagtail etc.

The birding weekend will begin with a function and dinner on the Friday evening where a speaker of note will deliver an interesting talk on birds.  After an exciting day of birding on Saturday there will be a special dinner, where the day’s activities will be discussed and prizes handed out to the lucky winners.

Registration fee is R350 per person; this includes dinners for both Friday and Saturday evening, but excludes accommodation and conservation fees. The daily conservation fee will apply to all guests who do not have a Wild Card.  Further information is available on the registration form. The deadline for registration is Friday 16th January 2015.


For more information, including registration forms and accommodation details, please contact:

Elinda Meintjes; Cell no: 082 820 5212; E-mail address: elinda@vodamail.co.za ; Fax: 086 247 8402



Issued by:     South African National Parks (SANParks) Northern Region Communications: Tel: 012 426 5304


Enquiries: Divhani Maremba, SANParks Regional Communications Manager: Northern Region, Tel: 012 426-5304 cell: 074 588 5789 email: divhani.maremba@sanparks.org 


Victor Mokoena, SANParks Regional Marketing and Tourism Manager: Northern Region, 082 977 5510; Victor.mokoena@sanparks.org



February 6, 2015
February 8, 2015
Event Categories:


Golden Gate National Park
Golden Gate National Park
Clarens, 9707


Elinda Meintjes
082 820 5212