Sheduled Activities

Scheduled short courses, workshops, tours and events for 2017 presented by Tembele Ecological Services



More than just a course, this 4-day experience will change the way you view raptors forever.  Although the focus is on a unique system whereby the more than 80 southern African species can be identified, brilliant anecdotal and scientific accounts and facts are shared with the participants. The course involves both theory and practical instruction within the Kruger National Park, considered to be one of the finest raptor regions in the world. This workshop has become so popular that three courses will be offered during 2017. A significant portion of the proceeds of this course will go towards the SANParks Honorary Ranger’s anti-poaching fund.

Course dates: 23 – 26 Feb, 02 – 05 March & 12-15 Oct (All three courses will be held in the Letaba CampKNP) Tariff & accommodation options will be made available on request.



The specialised skill of tracking is an art that few have mastered. Renias Mhlongo is one such individual who has been tracking wildlife in the Sabie Sand Game Reserve all his life. He is the chief trainer at the Tracker Academy of South Africa and is widely respected in the Lowveld. During this three-day practical workshop Renias and Joe will reveal the fascinating world of bush craft including the identification of animal tracks, following spoor and interpreting signs, markings and animal behaviour such as alarm calls. The Lowveld region is the perfect area for such a workshop as is harbours a great variety of wildlife in a variety of habitats.  
Tariff: R4870 per person sharing. Includes all accommodation (3 nights), DB&B, entrance fees, guided excursions, presentations and demonstrations.

We will be based at the private Marula Lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve. Course dates: 9 – 12 March & 22 – 25 June


15 – 18 June

An opportunity for keen nature photographers to get clicking in the scenic and wildlife-rich Mabula Game Reserve. A master photographer will be on hand throughout the workshop to provide practical advice and several photographic enhancing and cataloguing programs will be demonstrated. We will be staying in a private lodge and excursions will be conducted in an open safari vehicle and on foot. This excursion is limited to eight participants.

Tariff – R3850/person sharing. Includes 3-nights’ DB&B, excursions and guide fees.


L.B.J IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP (Polokwane) – 26 – 27 August

A two-day course that deals with a practical identification process by which those notoriously difficult groups including Pipits, Larks, Warblers and Cisticolas can be overcome. Theoretical and practical instruction will be conducted in the Polokwane Game Reserve, home to a good variety of ‘little-brown-jobs’.

Course tariff – R950/person. Includes entrance & course fees, guided field outings, lunch on the Saturday & all course material including colour identification keys.


30 March – 02 April

The Waterberg region is at its most beautiful in late summer while the bird life is probably at its best. With the lovely Shondoro Mountain Retreat as our base we will visit exciting birding destinations such as the Marakele National Park, Rankin’s Pass and the Alma Valley. Bird ringing will also form part of the itinerary so participants will have the opportunity of viewing and studying the birds at close quarters. Excursions will be done on a self-drive basis and high-clearance vehicles are recommended.

Tariff – R3850/person. Includes: Three night’s accommodation, selected meals, evening presentations and guided excursions.



This is East-Africa at its best as we visit some of the most iconic wildlife locations on the continent including the Tafangire and Serengeti National Parks the Ndutu Safari Area and the Ngorongoro Crater. Some of the highlights on this tour will be the great Wildebeest herds of Ndutu, the big cats of the Serengeti, the unique landscapes of the Ngorongoro Crater and the prolific bird concentrations of Tarangire. We will be staying in private game lodges and up-market tented camps throughout and all transport will be in customized, air-conditioned safari vehicles.

Contact us for more information about this once in a lifetime trip.

THE MAPUNGUBWE EXPERIENCE (Leokwe Camp, Mapungubwe National Park) 01 – 04 June  

Mapungubwe National Park conserves some unique and very diverse habitats, ranging from riparian forest to arid sandy bushveld. These habitats in turn support an interesting assortment of plant, mammal and bird species. Apart from the superb birding you will also experience the fascinating plant life, geology and archaeological features of this remarkable region.

Tariff & accommodation options available on request.


EASTERN SOUTPANSBERG EXCURSION (Makuya Park 07 - 10 September)

During this four-day self-drive excursion we explore the far north-eastern corner of the Limpopo Province which features the Levubu River, Pafuri, the Segole Giant Baobab and the Makuya Conservation Area. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the area including some exciting ‘specials’ while some very localised and eccentric mammals also occur here. We will be staying at the beautiful Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge on the Albasini Dam and the rustic Singo tented camp situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Levubu River and the Kruger National Park.

Tariff & accommodation options available on request.


BIRDS & FORESTS FESTVAL (Magoebaskloof Hotel 19 – 22 October)

A celebration of the amazing biodiversity of the Magoebaskloof forest region. The exciting 4-day program includes lectures by experts, birding outings led by top guides, tree, butterfly and dragonfly identification excursions and bird ringing demonstrations. The festival, which is a Limpopo Birding Routes initiative, will take place at the lovely Magoebaskloof Hotel.

Tariff & accommodation options will be made available on request.


SPINETAILS & PENNANT-WINGS’ (Punda Maria – Kruger National Park) 03 – 06 November  

The far-northern sector of the Kruger National Park is seen as one of South Africa’s top birding regions. Many rare and localized bird species occur here including Böhm’s and Mottled Spinetail, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Grey-headed Parrot, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Black-throated Wattle-eye and Arnot’s Chat. Early November also happens to be the prime time to see the sought-after Pennant-winged Nightjars performing their display flights. 

Tariff – R4450/person sharing. Includes three nights in en-suite bungalow accommodation on a B&B basis and guided excursions off the tourist routes in SANParks vehicles. Camping option also available


SEKOMA ISLAND EXPERIENCE (South-western Zambia)  16 – 20 November

One of the most idyllic birding locations in Africa, Sekoma Island in the upper Zambezi River will revitalize the soul and provide countless memorable sightings. Birding and game viewing is done mostly by boat. Apart from the big-five mammals there are many other localized species such as Sitatunga, Red Lechwe and Puku. The region is a birding paradise with many sought-after species including Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Finfoot, Schalow’s Turaco, White-backed Night Heron, Rock Pratincole, African Skimmer and Lesser Jacana.

Travel options and excursion tariffs can be provided on request.


For additional information regarding any of the above excursions and courses, please contact Tembele Eco-services and we’ll send you a detailed description and itinerary for the desired activity along with the necessary booking forms.

Apart from the scheduled activities listed in this program, Tembele also conducts a great variety of personalized wildlife excursions, courses and adventure packages throughout Southern Africa.

Please consult the Eco-Training page for more information.


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