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There's more to South African wildlife than the celebrated "Big Five". From big to small, meat eater to ant eater, primate to reptile ... our animals (and birds) are wild, varied and abundant.
Africa's globally threatened bird species - almost 10% of the continent's 2 313 species - are on the brink of extinction, as new research shows that 43% of Africa's most critically important places for birds and biodiversity conservation have no legal designation, leaving them open to a variety of threats.
The Northern Cape government has selected eight candidates from disadvantaged communities to undergo an intensive three-week course in bird guiding.
South Africa ranks as one of the top birding destinations in the world, offering an unbeatable combination of variety of birds, well-developed transport networks, and a user-friendly and supportive birding tourism industry.