Benefits of Birdwatching

Benefits of birdwatching - woman under birds

Birdwatching is one of the fastest growing hobbies around. Millions of people find enjoyment in heading outside, whatever the weather, to look for feathery friends. There’s something hugely enjoyable about birding and, when asked about the benefits of birdwatching, most people will suggest the physical and social benefits. Recent scientific evidence however suggests that there […]

Birdwatching for kids – get your children involved in birdwatching

A mother and her child share a birdwatching moment, discovering nature's wonders together.

Family time, birdwatching is an activity for everyone The memory of waking up early to drive to special places is a key takeaway from my childhood. Nature, wildlife, and especially keeping track of birdlife have all been a part of my family for as long as I can remember. My father always packed a bird […]

Easy crafts for kids – homemade birdfeeders

An image of bird feeders and two delighted girls proudly holding their homemade birdfeeders, encouraging hands-on learning.

With winter fast approaching here in Cape Town, bird feeders are a good way to help out our feathered friends when food is more scarce. We already have a wooden birdhouse feeder that is a popular eating spot for some of our regular garden visitors, such as the Swee Waxbill, Red-eyed Dove and Forest Canary, […]

Easy crafts for kids – how to make binoculars that work

A young child proudly holds binoculars, ready for a birdwatching adventure.

It is always great to discover new ideas for keeping your kids busy during holiday times or weekends, but particularly now, when we have been trapped in ‘COVID-19 Lockdown’, for what seems like in an interminable amount of time. And with all the toilet-roll stock piling that’s been happening in recent weeks, we’ve found a […]

Experiencing the best of the bush – tracking rhinos in Somkhanda

An image of the expansive Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand during a rhino tracking expedition.

After three days on the road we were getting used to our early wake ups. And today there was a great reason to be up, dressed and coffee-fueled by 6am, we were going rhino tracking on foot.  Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand is a 12,000 hectare community owned reserve and the first of its kind […]