For fanatics and fledgling birders alike
This virtual experience is no flight of fancy
In fact, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with some of the world’s foremost birding specialists. You can choose to speak to Daryl Dell, a FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) Level 3 Birding Guide, or chat to Surya Ramachandran, Swarovski Optik Field Guide, based in Asia, to discuss your birding life lists and what equipment will raise your game on your next birding adventure.
These masterclasses are perfect for amateur and experienced birders alike. Each class will showcase the fantastic birds of either South Africa or India, take you through the habitats of each region, offer expert birding advice, what equipment to use and how to use it.
The 1 hr 30 min virtual experience entitles you to six (6) links, which you can share with friends, family members or co-workers (with a maximum 2 people per link) and is conducted in English.
Great for family members (suggested 14 and older)
Get all your questions answered
Get exclusive access to &Beyond specialists
Percentage of proceeds goes towards conservation initiatives
Meet your birders
Growing up on a horse, cattle and sheep farm in South Africa’s Great Karoo, Daryl was always fated to become a naturalist. From a young age, he would spend entire days walking in the bush, fascinated by animal tracks, skulls, feathers and dung.
Passionate about all aspects of nature he has recorded more than 2 000 bird species, including rare sightings like the Madagascar cuckoo and collared flycatcher. A keen photographer, he enjoys swapping tips with guests and capturing extraordinary sightings.
Surya is a passionate naturalist who pioneered the first walking safaris, canoeing expeditions, wilderness camping and night drives at Satpura in Central India. His love for wildlife has inspired a lifetime of exploring India’s jungles to observe rare mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies.
Surya is a certified expedition leader for the WWF international team and an ambassador for Swarovski Optik for India. Currently working on creating specialised wildlife adventures, his contagious enthusiasm for the wilderness brings it to life.
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21 August at 16:00 CAT
Leaving our world a better place
Virtual experiences that go beyond the expected and care for the land, wildlife and people
10% of your purchase total will go towards a conservation initiative
How to book
USD 250 for a group of 6 links
Chat to birding experts Daryl Dell or Surya Ramachandran to find out more about the fascinating birding opportunities, and the skills and tools each uses in Africa or India.
How to participate?
- You’ll connect with your guide through video-conferencing software called Zoom. We recommend you download Zoom onto your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, and test it before your booking.
- You will need to have a stable internet connection – Zoom recommends a connection speed of 2mbps up/down.
- For the best experience, please ensure that you test your Zoom meeting (see above) as the quality of the live video recording, which will be played back during your session, may be affected by your connectivity.
Frequently asked questions
Before you sign up, here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about booking an &Beyond Virtual Experience.