The Soutpansberg Limpopo Birding Route was started as a non-profit organisation in 2003. It produced an annually revised birdwatching guide to the area and a website and also hosted many birding events. In this way, it successfully placed the Soutpansberg and Limpopo Valley on the birding map, both locally and internationally. As a result it had a significant influence in the growth of tourism in the area. It also created an awareness of the conservation of birds and habitats among local and provincial policy makers. Equally importantly, it provided an opportunity for rural economic development and empowerment among local people.
Due to its success, the model was expanded to the rest of the Limpopo Province in the formation of the Greater Limpopo Birding Routes under the management of the late Ben de Boer. With the support of Birdlife South Africa at that time, five other birding routes were developed throughout the country.
After this support had ceased, Limpopo Birding Routes was registered as a non-profit company and continued with its mission to promote birding and conservation of birds and their habitats in Limpopo Province.
The Limpopo Birding Routes team currently comprises Joe Grosel, Lisa Grosel, Lisa Martus and Marianne McKenzie.
From left to right: Lisa Grosel, Lisa Martus, Joe Grosel, Marianne McKenzie
|Joe Grosel||082 415 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lisa Grosel||083 380 email@example.com|
|Lisa Martus||082 200 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marianne McKenzie||082 835 email@example.com|