Take some time to find forest birds
Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge boasts over 250 species of birds in 5 different habitats. When you take a guided bird walk, you have the unique opportunity to find and identify the special birds of the area, particularly the indegenous forest species which you hear all around you but are so hard to spot without the help of a Bird Guide.
David Letsoalo, BirdLife South Africa-accredited Bird Guide won the Eagle Award for being the best local guide in South Africa. Birding outings with David are the only way to really see these elusive forest birds. BirdLife SA-accredited guide, Paul Nkhumane is one of the top five guides in the country and is also based at Kurisa Moya.
David and Paul have ‘stakeouts’ for the specials in the Woodbush Forest like the Cape Parrot, Bat Hawk, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Knysna Turaco, White-starred Robin, Orange Ground Thrush, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Barratt’s Warbler, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Olive Woodpecker, Chorister Robin-Chat, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, African Crowned Eagle and many more.
The Bird Guides offer guided walks on Kurisa Moya through the inigenous forest and to the bird feeders and hides boasting Green Twinspot, Swee Waxbills, Red-backed Mannikins, Chorister Robin-Chats, African Firefinches, Forest Canaries, Southern Boubou Shrikes, Sombre Greenbuls, Lemon Doves and Cape White-eyes.
David and Paul also guide birders to the local birding hot-spots of Woodbush forest, Mamabolo Grasslands for the Short-clawed Lark site, the Montane Grassland and Greatheads for the Guerney’s Sugarbird, Polokwane Game Reserve and environs or down to the tropical lowveld of the Tzaneen area to the Bat Hawk nesting site and the Magpie Mannikins. Kurisa Moya guests enjoy reduced rates for the Bird Guide's services and no transport costs since the guides jump in with you.
David is a living legend in the birding world. He has been the focus of numerous magazine and newspaper articles including Die Beeld, Africa Birds and Birding Magazine, Getaway Magazine, Limpopo Living Magazine, The Star Newspaper and Country Life Magazine.
He has also been interviewed for television slots including Kaelo, Miracle Stories on SABC 2, 50/50, Supersports and for BBC3. David was on the BirdLife SA Council, representing the Bird Guides countrywide. He also mentors the Limpopo Guides and assists in training workshops.
Paul has also been featured in Getaway Magazine and Country Life Magazine as well as being interviewed for TV and radio.
Kurisa Moya and the Woodbush area is one of the top birding sites as mentioned in Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswood and Jonathan Rossouw's book South African Birdfinder and in Hugh Chittendin’s book, Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa.
Click here to download the Bird List for Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge.
- KURISA MOYA / WOODBUSH FOREST: Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Cape Parrot, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Knysna Turaco (Lourie), Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Orange Ground Thrush, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Barratt’s Warbler, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Olive Woodpecker, Chorister Robin, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, and African Crowned Eagle amongst other forest species.
- MAMABOLO GRASSLANDS: Short-clawed Lark, Kalahari Robin, Violet-eared Waxbill, Orange-breasted Waxbill, various Cisticolas, Larks and Pipits.
- MONTANE GRASSLANDS: Guerney's Sugarbird, Malacite Sunbird, Ayers Cisticola, Wailing Cisticola, Black Eagle, Striped Pipit, Stone Chat and Cape Grassbird.
- POLOKWANE GAME RESERVE AND ENVIRONS: Short-clawed Lark, Bushveld Pipit, Tinkling Cisticola, Small Buttonquail, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Magpie Shrike and Secretary Bird amongst the 350 species seen here.
- TZANEEN AREA: Bat Hawk nesting site, Magpie Mannikins, Broadbilled Roller, Red-backed Mannikin, Mountain Wagtail, African Fish Eagle, White-browed Robin-Chat, Purple-crested Turaco and Yellow-throated Long-claw
David Letsoalo is the top local Bird Guide in South Africa and Paul Nkhumane is one of Limpopo’s top Bird Guides. Both guides are based at Kurisa Moya and are available for birding outings in Magoebaskloof, Polokwane, Tzaneen, Woodbush Forest and Mamabolo Grasslands. You can take a two hour walk along the marked trails identifying birds calls and nests, or an 8 hour guided outing down Woodbush Forest Drive and the New Agatha Bat Hawk site. We can tailor-make an outing for you depending on your wish-list.
Rates are from around R600-00 for a two hour walk at Kurisa Moya for two people to R1800.00 for a full day for more than 8 people. Please ask for a quote based on the number of people in your group and the time spent out with your Bird Guide. Kurisa Moya residents enjoy discounted rates and no transport fee.
Celebrating memories of Ben and his work with Community Bird Guides in Limpopo
Ben de Boer was a passionate birder, conservationist and good friend to everyone he met, but most importantly, Ben was a shining example of humanity the way it should be.
Ben's work focused on the development and management of the Greater Limpopo Birding Route. His passion and enthusiasm left a mark on everyone he worked with, including the Limpopo Community Bird Guides whom Ben trained, mentored and in whom he instilled a love for nature. www.limpopobirding.com/
Ben's passion for birding was given wings through the Greater Limpopo Birding Routes and the Bird Guides of Limpopo. His greatest wish would be for his life's work to continue even though he is gone.
For this reason, a trust was set up in Ben's name to develop Limpopo bird guides through further training and mentoring in association the Greater Limpopo Birding Routes and BirdLife South Africa. The Limpopo Guides have already benefitted through workshops to improve their skills base, specialist workshops, business cards and uniforms, motorbikes to carry out research and guide birders, laptops for research and reports, funding for research and atlassing and much more.
If you would like to support this worthy cause, the bank account details are:
Account name: The Ben de Boer Trust
Bank: First National Bank
Account number: 62354627930
Branch: Jorrisen Street, Polokwane
Branch code: 260 148
Contact Lisa Martus-de Boer at Kurisa Moya for more information.