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This was a great experience, and it followed the advertised description very closely. A minibus ride, with information and a commentary about the natural history of the area and the birds, was followed by a very enjoyable jet boat ride to the nesting area. After a short walk on a very well maintained boardwalk, we arrived at the viewing hide. It is just across the river from the main nesting site of the White Herons, together with Spoonbills and Shags. In late November, we saw White Heron nests with eggs and with chicks from newly hatched to fully fledged. The trees so full of beautiful birds is a truly magnificent sight. The return journey is the reverse and, on the jet boat ride, we were "escorted" by Shelducks flying in formation with the boat. Taking care only to pick a good time of the year, I would most highly recommend this experience.
Pernille and Flemming
Interesting, good time to study the bird and a guide that knew a lot to tell.
Fabulous jet ride into nesting place of the White Herons-lovely board walk through forest to "hide".
A tremendous experience. Friendly drivers of van and jet boat made getting there lots of fun. Lovely forest walk and a well constructed hide for viewing. The birds were close and unconcerned. There were herons still in breeding plumage, chicks and squabbling teens and the comedic spoonbills were an unexpected bonus. A trip highlight.
By boat visiting white heron colony, the guide was very knowledgeable (Dion).
This is an excellent professionally run tour. You get to enjoy good views of the river, a pleasant bush walk, and plenty of time to view the White Herons and Spoonbill on their nests. The view from the hide was closer than I expected, and I got some good photographs. Highly recommended.
For those that are into wildlife, this tour is a must. The guide had alot of experience.
Excellent. Really brilliant jetboat ride and then you get our and see the White Herons. Good value for money. Would recommend.