Six mid-Symposium tours are on offer this year. To book, please indicate first, second and third choice on your registration form. The details for the tours can be found below. There is a cost of R100 to join a tour, apart from the Midlands Local Wine and Breweries Tour which will be about R400. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book early!


uMgeni Valley Walk

Two-hour guided and interpreted walk through beautiful grasslands and savannas with stunning waterfalls, led by a qualified and experienced field guide, in the uMgeni Valley Nature Reserve outside Howick. The tour will include discussions on progress and challenges in establishing Continue reading →

Mandela Capture Site

Visit to the recently-upgraded Mandela Capture Site and museum with a local guide to explain the significance and context of the site where, on 5 August 1962, police waved down a car driven by Nelson Mandela, posing as a chauffeur. Continue reading →

Midlands Local Breweries and Vineyard

Taste tour of two local breweries and a vineyard (yes wines are made in the Midlands!) – Old Main Brewery, Nottingham Road Brewery and Abington Wine Estate. Bus and driver provided so no worries about drinking and driving! Continue reading →

Impendle Wildflowers and Blue Swallows

Visit the hidden gem of Impendle Nature Reserve and see the Critically Endangered Blue Swallow plus wildflowers, grasslands and forests. Botanical expert Dr Clinton Carbutt will introduce you to special Midlands wildflowers, and discussions on conservation and monitoring issues relating Continue reading →

Raptor Flight Display and Bearded Vulture Breeding Programme

Witness an amazing flight display of African raptors and see adult and juvenile bearded vultures, part of the recently established Bearded Vulture Breeding Programme, at the African Birds of Prey Sanctuary. Detailed discussions on bearded vulture conservation issues will be Continue reading →
WattledCrane. Photo Credit: Lara Jordan

Wattled Crane Rearing for Release

Field visit to the Wattled Crane Isolation Rearing for Release facility at the Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Nature Reserve at Nottingham Road, hosted by the KZN Crane Foundation and Endangered Wildlife Trust. Delegates will receive interesting talks on the Continue reading →