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 Christopher Nethonzhe

Christopher is based in Venda and guides birders through the Golwe Vhurivhuri and Gundani areas. Golwe Picnic and Campsite is a large shady site situated in a secluded valley in Venda off the Masisi Road. The site is rural and tranquil, an ideal place to get-away to with campsites and comfortabe East African tents available. Bird watching is good in and around the campsite with Arican Broadbill, Pink-throated Twinspot, Narina Trogon, Grey Waxbill, Scaly-throated Honeyguide and Crowned Hornbill often seen.

Chris is the manager of the campsites and is probably the country’s expert on locating African Broadbills. He has been monitoring each of the pairs along his stretch of river for several years and knows the location of each nest site. Marked circular trails lead from the campsite up the valley and to a waterfall and the campsite offers a convenient base from which to visit Mpaphuli Cycad Reserve, Makhuya Park and the Gundani Brachystegia Woodland. Further along in the unexplored hills of northern Venda, the Gundani campsite is a real gem, being situated in one of the only patches of Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland in South Africa with specials like White-breasted Cuckooshrike and Southern Hyliota.

The nearby Sagole Baobab has been recorded as the largest in the world and has been the site of the impressive Mottled Spinetail roosting site. If they are not there, Christopher can take you to the nearby cave where they alternately roost. Christopher won an Owl Award in 2012 for his contribution to avian conservation and enducation. He is involved in the Mottled Spinetails conservation and education project in Sagole, runs the Birds in Trees Project in the Venda area and conducts research projects for the Greater Limpopo Birding routes.
Tel: +27 (0) 76 302 9383 | e-mail:| chrisneth@vodamail.co.za  | 

 

 Samson Mulaudzi

Samson Mulaudzi trained as a BirdLife South Africa guide in 2005 and won an Owl Award in 2012 for his contribution to avian conservation and enducation. Samson is involved in the Mottled Spinetails conservation and education project in Sagole, runs the Birds in Trees Project in the Soutpansberg and conducts research projects for the Greater Limpopo Birding routes. He is based in the central Soutpansberg area and can guide birders to the Albasini dam, Muirhead dam, Roodewal forest, Entabeni forest and the Hanglip forests as well as to Venda and Northern Kruger Park.

Samson is always on the look-out for such varied species as Black-crowned and White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot and Osprey. Various kingfishers can be seen in his area of operation, as well as Buff-spotted Flufftail and rarities such as the Rock Pratnicole have turned on occasion. Hanglip Forest, an easily-accessible Afro-temperate mist-belt forest has resident Scaly-throated Honeyguide, White-starred Robin and Yellow-streaked Greenbul. Roodewaal Nature Reserve is renowned for its fairly reliable sightings of the elusive African Broadbill. Samson has stake-outs for this enigmatic bird, as well as for the Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, the Eastern Nicator and Green Twinspot in this forest.

Samson enjoys his interactions with the various birders he has met who appreciate his passionate love of birds and birding shown by Samson’s quiet, but intensely focused approach. His other hot-spots include the Levubu Post Office where the Grey-headed parrots come to feed in the large Mobola Plum tree in the summer months and Muirhead Dams, the only reliable place in South Africa to find the Blue-spotted Wood Dove.
Tel: +27 (0) 83 662 9960 | e-mail:| samson@birdingsoutpansberg-ven  | 

 

 Frank Mabasa

Frank is the camp site attendant at the Pafuri picnic site in the Kruger National Park. Frank has 23 years’ service at SANParks, 14 of which have been spent at the Pafuri picnic spot.

Birders come from far and wide to see specials such as the Pel's Fishing-Owl, Narina Trogon, Black-throated Wattle-eye, African Crowned Eagle, Bohm's and Mottled Spinetail, Broad-billed Rollers, Paradise Flycatcher, Saddle-billed Stork, Lemon-breasted Canary, Tropical Boubou, African Yellow White-eyes, Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Meve's Starlings, Crowned Hornbill, Eastern Nicator, Gorgeous Bush Shrike and Village Indigo Bird. The Pafuri picnic spot is a small piece of heaven for birders and Frank’s favourite places to seek out special birds are the picnic site, the Luvuvhu River bridge, Nyala loop and Crooks’ Corner.

In the book Best Birding in Kruger by Brett Hilton-Barber and Lou Arthur, Frank is hailed as the “Pafuri birding expert” and with good reason. Frank has recorded 363 bird species at Pafuri. He is a BirdLife South Africa-accredited guide and is well recognised for his help and advice to birders visiting this renowned birders’ paradise.
Tel: +27 (0) 78 126 5876 | | 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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