There’s a quiet little revolution happening in eco-tourism, according to Birdlife South Africa. Big five safaris are popular, but birding has taken off, creating a brand of low-impact, sustainable tourism that has the likes of Sakamuzi Mhlongo and Junior Gabela of Sakamuzi Bird Guides, building businesses in out-of-the-way places like Zululand.

Both are from the “village” and travel to the city under duress to market their birding business...

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