The Cape Bird Club




Family Camp, 16 – 18 Ocotber 2015 at Geelbek Stables in the West Coast National Park.
(This is provisional - please respond below, if you are interested). 
            updated 25/05/2015.

photograph Priscilla Beeton.

We are at the beginning stages of planning a Family Camp in October 2015 – the first weekend of the fourth school term, hopefully before formal sports fixtures have begun!

Families (parents or grandparents) with a child / children between 8 and 15 years are encouraged attend this camp. It will not necessarily be confined to Club members – so if you know of a family where parents and children have shown some interest in bird watching, invite them to join in the fun! We are encouraging young families to join us!
The Geelbek Stables are specifically designed to accommodate school and community groups. The units are dormitory-style and one unit may be allocated to each family. You will have to supply your own bedding. The ablution facilities are clean and have both cold and hot water. There is a large kitchen equipped with a fridge, a microwave, a gas stove. Each family will cater for itself and you will need to bring your own pot, crockery and cutlery. There are good braai facilities.

Situated on the shore of Langebaan Lagoon, it is an excellent area for looking at waders and shore birds from the various bird hides.
However, we intend to plan other activities as well as birding - such as a dune hike, looking at the ecology of different habitats, and perhaps even a visit to the Fossil Park.

If you and your children (and friends and their children) are interested in joining this Camp, please contact Priscilla Beeton  so that we can put you on a direct mailing list and keep you abreast of our developing plans.
This will not in any way commit you to the camp, but will certainly give us an idea of how many families are interested and if it is worthwhile continuing with the project.

The cost for two nights will be approximately R220 per person.

                                                                                                                            new 22/06/2015.

WRAND Letterheads 2014




Reservations for our 2016 KNP Birding Weekends will open at 08h00 on Monday 22nd June, 2015. As we would like to afford everyone the same opportunity to book for the camp of their choice, only bookings received on or after the above stated date and time will be processed. Any bookings received before this date and time will be returned for re-submission. Requests are considered and allocated on a “first come first served” basis, making use of the date and time indicated on the requesting e-mail.

Next year we will offer the Birding Weekends at the following venues:

Main Rest Camps
First Weekend 29 – 31 January, 2016 Crocodile Bridge (Ranger’s Ramble)


Olifants, Pretoriuskop, Satara, and Shingwedzi
(normal birding) 


Punda Maria (extreme birding) 
Mid-week 3 - 5 February, 2016 Satara (normal birding)
Second Weekend 5 – 7 February, 2016 Letaba, Olifants and Pretoriuskop
(normal birding)


Punda Maria (extreme birding)
Third Weekend 12-14 February, 2016 Punda Maria (normal birding)
Fourth Weekend 19 – 21 February, 2016 Punda Maria (normal birding)

The weekend cost is R2 550.00 per person sharing for main rest camps (with the exception of Crocodile Bridge and Punda Maria), R2 950.00 for Crocodile Bridge and R2 750.00 for Punda Maria.

The Crocodile Bridge ‘Ranger’s Ramble’ is an exclusive opportunity for guests to meet and interact with the resident Section Ranger and be entertained at his home.

A single supplement of 20% is applicable. This price includes two nights shared accommodation, two dinners and approximately 8 to 12 hours’ of bird viewing and game drives. The drives are conducted on allocated SANParks vehicles and we unfortunately cannot guarantee the vehicle size.

Bush Camps
First Weekend 28 - 31 January, 2016 Talamati 
Third Weekend 4 – 7 February, 2016 Talamati
Midweek 8 – 11 February, 2016 Biyamiti

The cost per weekend is R2 750.00 per person sharing for bush camps. This price includes two nights shared accommodation, two dinners and approximately 8 to 12 hours’ of bird viewing and game drives. The drives are conducted on allocated SANParks vehicles and we unfortunately cannot guarantee the vehicle size.

Reservations for Talamati are for a minimum of three nights and include Thursday night. Please note that guests will be charged (and invoiced) for Thursday night’s accommodation at the relevant SANParks rate. Pensioner discounts do not apply to this additional night. Bush camps have four-bed (two bed-roomed) cottages and bookings must be for a minimum of four guests or in multiples of four.

The Biyamiti event is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, with Monday night being the compulsory additional night. A limited number of two-bed (one bedroom) cottages are available at Biyamiti.

In addition to the above, reservations for additional nights can be arranged for either before or after the event, as long as the requested bookings are at the same camp you have booked for the birding weekend. You will be charged at the relevant SANParks rate for these additional nights. Please note: Additional accommodation may be amended or cancelled up to eight weeks prior to the event, but it is not exchangeable for accommodation at another KNP Rest Camp at any stage. Pensioner rates do not apply. The Cancellation Policy specified on the Reservation Invoice will apply to all bookings made.

Simply complete the relevant section on the booking form, providing as much detail as possible. Guests are requested to reserve their additional accommodation requirements now, as it is difficult to secure additional bookings later. It is strongly recommended that additional nights are booked for the northern camps, given the travelling distance from Gauteng.

While every attempt will be made to place you in one of the camps of your choice, in order of preference, please note that this cannot be guaranteed. We will contact you should this arise.

Please complete the booking form and return it by e-mail to  We regret that telephonic or faxed bookings are no longer acceptable. The requested number of places will only be allocated if the name and contact details of every prospective guest is stated on the form. It is highly recommended that members of your party are issued with separate invoices as this facilitates tracking of payments.

All payments must be made to the SANParks Honorary Rangers bank account, details of which will be given on your invoice. It is imperative that your invoice number and surname, for example, ‘WRND 123 Smith’ is provided as the reference when making payment.

Remember to save the booking form, complete and send it to us.

Please contact Norma on 011 476 3057 if you have any queries.

(Document reference: 2016 Early Bird_v5 25/05)

Booking form.     updated 23/06/2015.



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