Venue: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
City: near Roodepoort
Country: South Africa
Attend: Sasol Bird Fair 2015
Description: Pack a picnic basket, head off to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden near Roodepoort, and soak up the magnificent scenery and celebrate Spring at this year’s Sasol Bird Fair.
Spring in this beautiful Garden is very special with the magnificent coral trees massed with red tubular flowers that attract many birds. The garden boasts over 220 bird species and a variety of natural habitats, from cliff faces and grassland to riverine forest and bushveld.
The annual Sasol Bird Fair provides a superb opportunity to create awareness about birds, bird research and conservation, and the bird conservation organisations, like BirdLife South Africa, who work tirelessly to conserve our country’s birds. BirdLife South Africa is very grateful to Sasol for sponsoring this important event, and for SANBI and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden for hosting the Fair.
The entrance fees are R35 for adults and R12 for scholars; kids under 6 enter for free.
Activities include guided bird walks, a bird photography workshop, guided bird walks, interactive entertainment, face-painting and educational activities for kids and an exhibition of everything birds and birding from books, birding apps, binoculars and spotting scopes, to bird feeders, bird paintings, birding holiday destinations and tour operators.
Guided bird walks
A variety of guided bird walks around the gardens throughout the day, starting from 08h00. Something for everyone from beginners and kids, to learning bird calls and the importance of bird atlasing to some serious twitching. All guides registered with Birding Ecotours. Depart from the Information Desk.
- Exhibition area on the lawn with over 40 exhibitors showcasing everything birds & birding
- Zeiss optics demos at the waterfall
- Learn about the Bird of the Year 2015, South Africa’s national bird – the Blue Crane
- Find out more about South Africa’s Favourite Bird – the Cape Robin-chat
- Stilt walkers
- Balloon artists