We had a half day birding trip with Ben. His knowledge of local birds , their songs and habits is excellent. He took us to five locations and we saw a breeding pair of peregrine falcons amongst many other birds.
Fully recommend him. Even if you are not visiting his area he has contacts throughout South Africa that he can put you in touch with.
Birding with Ben
Imagine this, walking in the veldt, birds chirping and general nature doing what general nature does. Ben takes the lead and indicates for us to stop, he then starts whistling, bird calling actually and the birds reply in unison. Birds that we had not seen started popping out their nests and other hiding places, almost like old friends, they chat. What an amazing and exciting time we had with Ben from Bird Watcher.
His knowledge of the terrain, climate and history of the region is only surpassed by his birding skills. Birding with Ben will make you see nature in a different light.
Thank you Ben for an amazing time.
Ben was a friendly and extremely knowledgeable guide, who gave us a varied and interesting day in a variety of sites. We saw lots of lovely birds in a relaxed environment. Outstanding!
Paul Spencer (UK)
Ben picked us up, drove us round… initially for four hours, but things were going so well he upped it by another couple. He was wonderfully knowledgeable and approachable. What more can one ask for? It was a truly memorable experience.
Robert Petty (UK)
Garden Route Highlight
We were recommended to Ben by the Timeshare establishment we were staying at in Sedgefield.
Despite inclement weather we were lucky to pick a morning trip with Ben on a dry day.
We found him very friendly and knowledgable and he went out of his way to find some beautiful birds.
He took us to different Biomes, Oystercatchers on the beach, a magnificent Honey buzzard right above us, Knysna Lourie in the forest and a trip to the “BIG TREE”.
Riverside we saw Kingfishers,Giant, pied and a gorgeous Malachite. Many other birds too many to mention were seen.
Despite being a morning trip, Ben did not stop his endeavours until early afternoon.
We would wholeheartedly recommend Ben. This was the highlight of our trip through the Garden Route.
Ben loves to entertain tourists on these occasions and we have many memorable times around the camp fires.
His knowledge of the cultural and historical aspects of most areas makes him a very interesting companion and guide. His knowledge of nature which include wildlife, astronomy, birds and reptiles is outstanding and I have spent many hours with Ben in the veld.
Ben is a responsible guide and has a good knowledge of tracking and bush signs. I have accompanied Ben on many birding trips and I am impressed with his knowledge of birds, bird behavior and bird calls.
Ben has opened a new dimension in birding for me.
Since I have started birding with Ben my love for birds has been rekindled and I look forward to the next trip.
A Wonderful Experience
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. It was a wonderful experience and we really appreciate all the time you devoted to us.
The list of sightings is nothing short of amazing especially in light of our late start.
We hope to be able to do this again.
With sincere thanks,
Joe and Anne Caruso (USA)
Outdoor Heartbeat (Pty) Ltd is a South African based tour operator. We offer unique and exciting guided birding and nature tours with various durations from 1 day to longer tours. Our tours are filled with highlights, adventure and memories. Our guided tours are designed by the best qualified, experienced and active guides in their fields to ensure extreme customer satisfaction.