If the word ‘avitourism’ sounds foreign to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. But what you may be surprised to hear is that “Avitourism is associated with one of the fastest growing types of environmental tourism, or ecotourism ” according to About.com. Alright, if you’re still unsure, here’s the answer – it’s for the birds. Or really, it’s all about the birds.
This specialized type of tourism focuses on activities centered around birding – and for an escape surround by nature, it’s no wonder Mosaic Private Sanctuary is an ideal destination for the hobbyist, or serious birder alike. Earlier this year, Adam Riley, MD of Rockjumper Birding Tours , visited Mosaic. On an afternoon adventuring with a 4×4 drive, and later walking from the Lagoon Lodge to the historic 1892 Spookhuis, he spotted 61 different species. Not too bad for an afternoon, we’d say! Species to look out for include The Cape Sugar Bird, Malachite Kingfisher, Cape Cormorant, and the greater flamingo. Download Mosaic’s full bird list here.
Guests of Mosaic will also be happy to hear that the neighboring village of Stanford boasts its own birding hotspot, William Appel Dam Bird Hide – coupled with the town’s Wandelpad, which winds along the banks of the Klein Rivier, visitors can make the most of the local birding opportunities, before heading back to Mosaic for a lagoon cruise, or perhaps sundowners.
* Please note that these images were not taken at Mosaic, they merely highlight some of the bird species that can be seen at Mosaic. Thank you to Adam Riley for the images.