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Birdwatching Safari

Many destinations in Safari Africa are fabulous for birdwatching. From bee-eaters to ostrich, the range of species is astounding! There may be times when big game is scarce, but you can always enjoy scanning the skies, swamps, and seas for birdlife.

Although there are some hardcore birdwatchers out there, it’s fair to say that birds are not usually top of the list when it comes to what the majority of people most want to see on safari. However, it is hard not to become fascinated by Africa’s birdlife; the sheer diversity of species, sizes, and colors is astounding and varies between locations. Furthermore, even on days when there is scarce big game to be seen, there are always birds to watch.

From the elusive shoebill and graceful flamingos to vibrant bee-eaters and gigantic ostrich, there are plenty of weird and wonderful species to see. There are also several destinations in Safari Africa that lend themselves to fabulous birdwatching in particular.

Our top destinations for birdwatching safaris:

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  1. Tanzania - One of the highest number of species anywhere in Africa and is, therefore, a good option for a trainee twitcher as new species can be spotted throughout your trip. From the plains of the Serengeti, rich with huge raptors, to the woodlands of the Selous and Ruaha and Lake Manyara with its resident flamingos, the varied habitats really increase the species count.

  2. Zambia - Another hotspot for birders, its highlights being the shoebill, which can be relatively easily seen in the northern swamps (as well as in Uganda), and the Luangwa’s seasonal migrations of striking carmine bee-eaters and elegant crowned cranes.

  3. Botswana - The Okavango Delta is a beautiful game area but is also renowned for birdwatching. Its patchwork of wet and dry areas provides habitats for a number of rare species, as well as iridescent sunbirds and starlings that will catch any eye. Malachite and woodland kingfishers are also a particular treat to see. The Makgadikgadi Pans area is dry and arid for most of the year, but following the rainy season, when the salt pans fill with water, a huge number of species, including waders and breeding flamingos, is attracted to the area.

  4. Namibia - Also provides some great birdwatching opportunities, especially seabird species along the coast.

If you are interested in a birdwatching safari, just let one of our experts know here and they can help you plan your adventure today.

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