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About Indicator Birding

Established in 1998, Indicator Birding is the business vehicle of Pretoria-based birder and professional guide, Etienne Marais. Widely considered to be one of the top birders in SA, Etienne is a lifelong birding fanatic. His birding career started when in 1969, when as a young lad, he started studying the birds in his local area. Etienne has worked in Research, Management Training, Consultancy and Internet Development and became a full-time guide in 2000, after successfully leading a number of tours in the late 1990's. Indicator Birding specialises in Eastern South Africa, and particularly in the diversity rich areas of Gauteng and neighbouring North-west, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. This area is ideal for short visits, or as part of a longer tour, and offers a host of regional endemics and specials. Founder and owner, Etienne Marais, has 30 years of experience birding the region, and is an adventurous birder, and keen power-birder. The BBD team he established with Pete Irons in 1999 has often been the team to beat in South Africa's national Birding Big Day event. More recently with Faansie Peacock, Rob Geddes and Richard Montinaro, "The Raiders" became the first team to record 300 species in 24 hours.
 

Etienne Marais

Former council member of BirdLife South Africa, and active birder for over thirty years experience, Etienne Marais knows the birds of Eastern South Africa intimately. He has led numerous tours across the region and also to Tanzania. Past Chairman of the Pretoria Bird Club, Etienne is a popular leader of club outings due to his ability to show people good birds, and get help birders get good views.

When not birding, Etienne is involved in eco-tourism consulting and digital promotion. He is married to Alice and has two children, living in Centurion, Pretoria.   

Photo of Etienne Marais

Our Associates

Indicator Birding makes use of a number of associate bird-guides. For more click here

What our clients think of us

We have masses of overwhelmingly positive feedback from satisfied clients, some of which can be viewed on our Feedback page here. However you may want to check directly with them. Rather than posting client contact details on our web-site, (where it can be harvested by unscrupulous spammers) we will send a sample of feedback and contact details of clients to bona fide potential clients. You will be sent this information when you make a tour/guiding enquiry.

Web Site Updated 10 August 2004 © Indicator Birding
e-mail: etienne@birding.co.za