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Maans Booysen is a specialist bird guide and naturalist with many years of experience in safari guiding in Southern Africa.

He was based at Madikwe Game Reserve for many years where he conducted game drives and walks in Big Five country and is registered with Theta and FGASA. He has guided in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. He was also a game farmer for 25 years in the Thabazimbi Bushveld area adjacent to Madikwe Game Reserve. 

He is also a keen photographer and some of his work is starting to creep into publications like Africa Birds and Birding, African Bird Club, and also in Field Guides eg: The
COMPLETE PHOTOGRAPHIC FIELD GUIDE BIRDS of Southern Africa.By Ian Sinclair & Peter Ryan, The Raptor Guide of Southern Africa. By Ulrich Oberprieler and The Ultimate Companion for birding in southern Africa. By Geoff McIlleron and Peter Ginn,The CHAMBERLAIN BIRDING GAUTENG. By Etienne Marais & Faansie Peacock. He was all so included as a team member for a Bird survey with National Geographic in Angola, Namibia & Botswana with Wild Bird Trust and @intotheokavango led by Dr. Steve Boyes.


There was also 2300 of his photos  selected for inclusion in the Roberts Online website, as well as in the Roberts VII Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa Program.


Gerhard Booysen is a keen birder and naturalist with many years of experience in safari guiding in Southern Africa. He had completed the Specialist Bird Guiding course with Bruce Lawson at Pafuri KNP. He is registered with FGASA and is also a keen photographer. He is assisting Maans with the tours.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 December 2015 06:52 )  


Maans Booysen photographed a European Blackcap at Bishop Bird Park in Centurion back in 2008. Here’s a portion of his original email from SA Birdnet and one of the photos he took:

On the 27th December 2008 I had seen and photographed a pair of European Blackcaps at Bishop Bird Park in Rooihuiskraal Centurion. I was looking to photograph Common Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, which I managed to do . In this process I managed to take 8 pics. of the European Blackcaps the quality not the best . A week ago I sorted some photographs when I came across them again, and realizing that I was ignorant about what I had seen and photographed and did not pay attention in what I was doing then. These birds where very relaxed and they were in a bird partyfeeding on berries and insects. I did not expect to see them there, and mistaken for Whitethroat or Garden Warbler