Photo blog: Where to go birding in AfricaJuly 13, 2018
Catch a glimpse of exquisite plumage, decipher lesser known calls and witness the mating rituals of some of Africa’s finest birds.
With its impressive variety of biomes that attract diverse fauna and flora, Africa is a birder’s paradise. From the lush montane forests of Uganda and Rwanda to the vast savannas of Kenya and floodplains of Botswana, travellers can enjoy birdwatching in most countries across the continent. A wide range of bird populations include country-specific species and those found on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.
If you’re looking for a superb birding holiday, we suggest you choose one or more of these African destinations:
Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The African Green or Grauer’s Broadbill is found only in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which makes trekking through Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest a truly special experience. The unfortunate-looking Shoebill or Whalehead is endemic to Africa and is just one of the 350 bird species that live in Bwindi. Smaller birds found in this area include the Chaplin’s Flycatcher and Dwarf Honeyguide.
South Africa – Kruger National Park
South Africa offers birders a chance to sight over 750 bird species. One of the best places to see about 500 of those is Kruger National Park, near the country’s northern border. Whilst in Kruger, it’s likely you’ll come across the Lappet-face Vulture, Saddle-billed Stork, Southern Ground Hornbill and Pel’s Fishing Owl.
Travel Tip: If you have time whilst in South Africa, make a trip down to Cape Town to witness voracious food fights between pelagic bird species, such as the Southern Giant Petrel and Sooty Shearwater, and their ocean counterparts, the Bottlenose Dolphin and Cape Fur Seals.
Kenya – Meru National Park
Due to its year-round pleasant climate and varying landscapes, over 1000 bird species call Kenya home. This makes it the ideal place for migratory birds to settle for the colder months of each year. When out on a birding expedition in Kenya, look out for the Jungle Babbler, Grant’s Wood Hoopoe, African Martial Eagle and African Finfoot.
Tanzania – Ngorongoro Crater
With over 1100 species, of which 22 are endemic, Tanzania is a real treat for birding enthusiasts. Not only does the Ngorongoro Crater house the densest population of East African lions, travellers can see large birds such as the Secretary Bird, Grey Crowned Crane, Kori Bustard and Bateleur Eagle.
Travel tip: Include a trip up to the Serengeti National Park to see the smaller yet no less stunning Lilac-breasted Roller, Fischer’s Lovebird and Little Bee-eater.
Botswana – Okavango Delta
If you’re an avid birder, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is not to be missed. The Slaty Egret and Rufous-bellied Heron will welcome you to the plains. You may even catch a glimpse of the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl.
Travel tip: Take a trip down to the Makgadikgadi to see Lesser and Greater Flamingos striding across the watery salt pans in their pink splendour.
We can together tailor-make trips for travellers who want to go on a bird-watching holiday so do contact us if you’re interested in experiencing an African birding safari.
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