Raptor Research Foundation 2018 Conference - 12 November

The conference will be held at the Nombulo Mdluli Conference Centre which is located in the Skukuza rest camp of the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. Apart from being home to the Big Five and a host of other iconic African mammal species, the park is also renowned for its diversity of bird species with more than 550 species having been recorded here. This includes 43 diurnal raptor, 8 vulture and 10 owl species, many of which occur here in substantial populations.

The Kruger National Park is one of the most accessible protected areas in Africa and boasts an extensive, well-developed network of tarmac and gravel roads which covers most of the vegetation types and facilitates self-drive trips. It also has an extensive range of accommodation options in more than 20 camps scattered throughout the 20,000 kmĀ² of the park. In addition to accommodation and restaurants in most of the large camps, the park also offers a range of guided drives, including night-drivers as well as bush walks accompanied by an armed guide.

Several local and international operators are planning to arrange pre- and post-conference tours of the Kruger and other parts of southern Africa. Details of these will be made available on the conference website as they are finalized and bookings can be made.

Field trip destinations during the conference include a range of areas inside the Kruger as well as to interesting raptor sites elsewhere in the Lowveld and along the eastern escarpment where an additional range of raptor species that are not found in the Kruger can be observed.

The conference will be graciously co-hosted by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and BirdLife South Africa and all conference arrangements will be facilitated and managed by a professional conference organizing company, the Inside Edge.

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