Advanced birding course

Students birding at Reedbok Vlei, Makuleke

Course information

This six night, seven day course specifically caters to those who want to boost their bird knowledge with specialist information while in the process obtaining a formal birding qualification. The Advanced Birding course incorporates theoretical lectures on different aspects of birds and birding as well as early morning and afternoon/evening practical birding excursions at the Makuleke wilderness camp.

Why do this course?

Previous students who have joined the course to prepare for their Special Knowledge and Skills Birding examination have all indicated that their success was due to the knowledge gained whilst attending this course. The practical sessions out in the field will assist you in knowing what to look for to successfully identify birds, also to point out the differences between certain ‘difficult’ species. The sessions will be either walking or in an open game drive vehicle or a combination of both. 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 your clients or friends and family.

Some subjects covered on the course

Anatomy and Physiology. Zoogeography. Habitats & Environments. Bird Behaviours (Breeding, Chick Development, Feeding, Mating etc). Migration. Ethics/Conservation.


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).

Certification and accreditation

All participants will receive a certificate of participation. Should you wish to be assessed for the FGASA Regional Bird Guide qualification (FGASA birding slide/ sound assessment and the bird guiding skills practical assessment), please request this at the time of booking. Additional assessment fees will apply.

Further information

To book a place, request further information or if you have any specific questions then please get in contact by emailing