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Themba's Birding and Ecotours

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310 Mckenzie Street | iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
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Superb guide

Themba has to be the best bird spotting guide in north east Kwa-Zulu Natal. I spent just over two... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CoraMandel
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London, United Kingdom
Beautiful Birding Experience

An absolute must when in St Lucia. Themba's knowledge about birds is amazing. He has an absolute... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Elmarie O
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Bela Bela
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We offer a surperb Birdwatching and hiking in the ISimangaliso Wetland Park in the north eastern region of South Africa.This tours accomponed by most expirienced Guides introduce you to many wonders of Nature,including mangrooves swamps,Wildlife,Highest vegetated Sand dunes,beaches Savannas and Lakes. Our birding trips range from 2-3hours -all the way to a multi-day outing. We pick up visitors from where they stay or arrange meeting points. We do all the Zululand north east coastal reserves from St.Lucia,Falsebay,Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park,Mkuze,Sodwana,Tembe Elephant Park,Ndumo and Kosi Bay
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310 Mckenzie Street | iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Themba has to be the best bird spotting guide in north east Kwa-Zulu Natal. I spent just over two hours with him in a walk around a very small area on the outskirts of St Lucia and in that time we saw around two dozen...More

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Stluciabirding, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am so humbled by the joy and support you gave when you firstly booked and later participated in my bird walks. Surely the success of this trip lied very much on your patience, good timing, your good years of experience with you camera as...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute must when in St Lucia. Themba's knowledge about birds is amazing. He has an absolute talent to call and find birds we saw many birds including some lifers like, Dark Backed weaver, Narina Trogon, Rudds Apalis and Livingstones Turaco etc. His indigenous knowledge...More

Thank Elmarie O
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Themba M, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks Elmerie. I m glad you enjoyed the birding experience with me. I really appreciate it! I will always work hard to meet your needs whenever using my services. Thank you for trying me and looking forward to meet you in future.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Themba was really fantastic. We went to 4 sites in 3 hours and found nearly every target species. He has an uncanny ability to call the birds out. I also appreciated the work he is doing for nature education in schools and training field guides....More

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Stluciabirding, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

It is with great pleasure to hear that you really liked the experience as from this I am being measured. I will always try to keep it my daily duty to accommodate and introduce all of you, Nature lovers to our amazing world of birds...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Themba is an amazingly knowledgeable and experienced ornithologist. Over two days, he introduced us to dozens of birds to be found in the rich birding area of St Lucia. He and his assistant were also delightful company and we had great conversations: really learning a...More

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Stluciabirding, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Many thanks Gillian and Jimmy for your great birding experience in St. Lucia. Also thank you very much for your unstoppable love for birds and your willingness to support me by birding with me amid all other companies, I really appreciate it! Looking forward to...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

We have just had the pleasure of being guided by Themba on a 5 hour birding outing. We saw around 70 species of which 12 were lifies for us. Themba certainly knows his stuff! Highly recommended!More

Thank Lesley L
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Stluciabirding, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Many thanks,Kevin & Lesly. Birding with you was a great success indeed! Birds species seems to be more responsive as we slowly explore different habitat types. I thank you again for your support to come bird with me. Hoping to host you in future again....More

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

We had an exceptional day and a half of birding with Themba. We got many of the Zululand specials; including Rosy-throated Longclaw, Lemon-breasted Canary, Neergaard's Sunbird and Swamp Nightjar. His knowledge of St Lucia and the surrounding areas is outstanding. Without him could never have...More

Thank Blane V
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Stluciabirding, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

I am really grateful if the ability to follow your heart that is full of so many live hopes about birds is Zululand has been paying off well with me. But remember you also made it possibly by your patience to understand this was not...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

We went birding with Themba after recommendation from a friend. He’s obviously a good guide, knows the birds, the calls, and the sites. However, it seems like he needs to pay more attention to his costumers and his questions and desires to see birds. He...More

Thank Natalia O
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Themba M, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Thanks for shining the light to this. But i think this is a big danger that most of One-Man-Show bussiness seems to experience when they are growing. I m a still centre of my bussiness of fast growing bussiness which mentors and supoort wuite a...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

We cannot speak highly enough of the exceptional half-day birding tour on which Themba took us in the area surrounding St. Lucia. He clearly knew the very best spots to see the greatest variety of bird life and his keen eyes allowed us to see...More

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Themba M, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Many thanks Bryan for enjoying my exceptional birding trips. I reallt appreciate the fact that you found the experience worthy. These trips are not only designed to satisfy your whims but also to ensure that you interact with birdlife activity from that particular environment at...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Great day birding with Themba in the Mkhuze fig forest and surrounding areas. Specials included Green Malkoha, white-eared Barbet, rosy-throated longclaw, rufous-winged cisticola and dark-backed weaver. Very friendly with great knowledge. Very impressive with mimicking bird calls. We are avid twitchers and we learnt a...More

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Stluciabirding, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

Many thanks for a such a possitive response.it's been a great time birding with you and your interest to explore with me for more and more has been surely rewarding at last Looking forwarx to bird with you in the future

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

What a fantastic and special day for my wife and I ! Themba and Mbalani were fantastic.Eyes like hawks! We definitely would not have seen so many birds on our own.We must have seen at least 50 different species on the day.Both guides (now friends)...More

Thank Rees C
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Stluciabirding, Owner at Themba's Birding and Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

I am so glad that you enjoyed time birding with us. It is all for love and interest into Avian friends which helps me understand their language and behaviour thus making it easy for me to get to them in time. It is not only...More

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Hi there, the easiest way is to rent a car at Durban airport and drive to St Lucia! The roads are really good in SA, some of them you have to pay a few SA rand to get through. Cars and petrol is not that expensive in SA... More
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