Bird Club – Birdlife Northern Gauteng

More about the bird club:

BirdLife Northern Gauteng / Gauteng-Noord is an affiliate bird club of BirdLife South Africa.

BirdLife Northern Gauteng / Gauteng-Noord (BLNG) exists to ‘promote and co-ordinate the enjoyment, understanding, study and conservation of birds and their environments amongst its members as well as the public at large.’

We welcome birders of all ages and skill levels, and offer a range of regular activities to suit our members’ diverse interests:

  • Day outings to the various birding spots in and around Pretoria
  • Weekend camps and longer trips to special birding destinations
  • Monthly evening meetings featuring guest speakers on a variety of topics related to birds and other environmental issues
  • Expert-led courses to improve our knowledge of birds and their identification
  • Citizen Science opportunities to contribute to the conservation of birds and their habitats, such as South African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2) and Bird Ringing

Membership options:

Individual Adult: R325
Senior Citizen: R220
Student: R165

Family Membership options:

Spouse: R140
Child (up to 2 children, must be under 12 years): R65

Optional Annual Membership of BirdLife South Africa: R350
Optional Annual Membership of BirdLife South Africa (Senior Citizen): R160
Optional Magazine (1 year: 6 issues of African Birdlife Magazine): R340

Within the city limits:

  • Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
  • Moreletakloof Nature Reserve
  • Rietvlei Nature Reserve
  • Kimiad Golf Course, Moreleta Park
  • Pretoria Botanical Gardens
  • Magaliesberg MTB & Hiking Trails above Wonderboom High School
  • Wonderboom Nature Reserve
  • Voortrekker Monument
  • Groenkloof Nature Reserve
  • Hazeldean Valley Reserve
  • Bishop Bird Park

Day trips (30-100 km from Pretoria):

  • Bronkhorstspruit Dam and Nature Reserve
  • Dinokeng (Roodeplaat, Seringveld, etc.)
  • Northern Farm
  • Rooiwal Water Care Works
  • Pretoria East to Bapsfontein
  • Rust de Winter Nature Reserve
  • Tswaing Crater (Soutpan)
  • Zaagkuildrift & Kgomo-Kgomo floodplain

Further afield (within 2 hours'drive of Pretoria):

  • Borakalalo National Park
  • Doorndraai Dam Nature Reserve
  • Marievale Bird Sanctuary
  • Mkhombo Dam
  • Rustenburg Nature Reserve
  • Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
  • Vaalkop Dam / Northwest Bird Sanctuary
  • Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
  • Nylsvley
  • Pilansberg National Park

Catchment area:

Pretoria and surrounds: Within the city limits, day trips (30-100 km from Pretoria) and further afield (within 2 hour's drive of Pretoria)

Contact details:

Elouise Kalmer - Chair
Mobile: +27 (0)83 626 1733

Fransie O’Brien - Secretary
Mobile: +27 (0)72 737 0862


Meeting venue name:

Greek Orthodox Church, Roper Street, Brooklyn Pretoria
GPS: -25.75216, 28.23069
Language: English and Afrikaans