It’s official ! The first RFCG EcoTour will take place next year in Aug. Find out more….

8 Nov

Russell Kingston and Eelco Meyjes

After months of planning Russell Kingston and Eelco Meyjes are proud to announce that the first RFCG EcoTour has been scheduled to take place from 5 August to 21 August 2012. The tour will start in South Africa by visiting a number of top avicutural facilities in the Johannesburg and Pretoria areas.
 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. Home to 43 finch species and 380 of the world's last remaining Mountain Gorilla's

 

Benson Bumutura, who is the field manager for the RFCG in Uganda, will be our official birdguide on the tour

The group will then fly to Uganda and travel in two 4×4 vehicles to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the south western part of the country. Bwindi is home to no less than 43 finch species, a wide variety of softbill and parrot species, as well as to 380 of the world’s last remaining 720 Mountain Gorillas . The group will also have the opportunity to visit the Institute of  Tropical Forest Conservation ( ITFC ) in Ruhija. The ITFC, who are the valued ground partners in Uganda to the Rare Finch Conservation Group , assist whenever field research work takes place to try and find the elusive Shelley’s crimsonwing finch.

 We will then return back to South Africa and travel to the famous Sun City ( known as Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure ) to visit the Pilansberg Game Reserve to try and spot the Big 5 . After that we return to Johannesburg where different sightseeing and/or birdwatching destinations will be made available to the group. The total trip will consist of 7 nights in South Africa and 9 nights in Uganda .

 
 

Lake Kitandara Bwindi Safari Camp, Buhoma, Uganda

Accommodation will be comfortable and guests will be staying in a combination of budget hotels, guest lodges or chalets as well as a Safari Camp. For more information on this exciting tailor made trip contact Russell Kingston at indruss@bigpond.com . All profits will be donated to the Rare Finch Conservation Group

 
The Rare Finch Conservation Group has no full-time staff members and every member of the group volunteers their skills and services in the interests of advancing finch conservation work. The RFCG is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation . It is totally dependent on donations and sponsorships for its future survival . The RFCG is currently raising funds ( US$ 25,000 is needed ) to finance its planned Phase 3 field research work in Uganda.  For more information on this pioneering conservation group please contact editor@avitalk.co.za
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