At last — a place to hide for vulture watchers in Oribi Gorge

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A hide for vulture viewing has been built on the farm of Mr Mike Neethling of Oribi Gorge, and was officially opened recently. The ceremony was attended by a large number of bird watchers, nature lovers and municipal and Ugu Tourism officials.

Mr. Neethling started nurturing the vulture colony on his farm in the year 2000, when there were about 20 breeding birds in the vicinity.  He then established a feeding spot, better known as a ‘vulture restaurant’, and the number of birds has since grown to about 120.

The main movers behind the endeavour to build the viewing hide have been bird watching group Trogons, in particular past chairman Barry Porter, after whom the hide has been named. People interested in visiting the hide or wanting more information, can contact Trogon Chairman Andy Ruffle on 072-893-3794, or go to the website

eHowz!t was at the official opening, and brings you the sights and sounds of an extremely interesting and enlightening occasion…..

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