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Click on a country on the map to find birding safari destinations, bird watching operators and avian holidays in Africa. Every destination offers something unique and will give you the opportunity to explore Africa's spectacular birdlife while on your birding safari.
 
 
Birding Holidays in Africa
 

Southern and east Africa offer superb bird watching in diverse nature destinations Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Professional guides lead every bird watching trip to ensure the highest success rate. Bird watching vacations in Africa will take you to some of the top birding areas in southern and east Africa.

 

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is a birding safari in africa for me?
Bird watching holidays in Africa are unique, exciting and something you should not miss. With around 2300 bird species found in Africa, you'll be kept busy almost every moment of your birding holiday. The standard of guiding is superb and you can be sure of a great experience. There are scheduled birding safari departures to specific destinations, but private custom bird watching tours are also available.
 
 

bird watching areas in africa
There are many birding destinations in southern and east Africa. Here are some of our favourites:

birding botswana

With 13 Important Birding Areas covering 130,000 square km, Botswana offers diverse bird viewing ranging from the arid Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, to the lush green papyrus-lined channels of the Okavango Delta. In addition to this other Botswana birding highlights are Lake Ngami, the Okavango Panhandle, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti Marshand Channel (recently filled with water for the first time in 30 years), Chobe National Park, Nata Bird Sanctuary and Kazuma Pan. Combined with Botswana extraordinary wildlife, it makes it any birders dream destination!

Specials in Botswana include the endangered Wattled Crane, Pel's Fishing Owl, African Skimmer, Slaty Egret, Rufous-bellied Heron, Rock Pratincole, Southern Brown-throated Weaver, Pallid Harrier, Black-faced Babbler, Sharp-tailed Starling, the rare Garganey, Red-faced Cisticola, Collared Palm-thrush, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Great Swamp Warbler, Great Bittern andvBrown Firefinch .

birding south africa
Of the +/- 850 bird species recorded in South Africa, about 725 are resident or annual visitors, and 50 of these are endemic or near-endemic and can only be seen in South Africa. This is one of the reasons why South Africa ranks as one of the top birding destinations in the world.

Some of the most popular bird watching spots are:
The north-eastern part of Kwazulu Natal with specials including Woodward's Barbet, Palmnut Vulture, Delegorgue's Pigeon, Knysna Turaco, Livingstone's Turacos, Rudd's Apalis, African Broadbill, Neergaard's Sunbird and Southern Banded Snake Eagle.

Mpumalanga's Lowveld region is the place to see Africa's birds of prey. Raptors occur here in good numbers and some of the specials include Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Brown Snake Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, Steppe Eagle and Walhberg's Eagle. Also keep an eye out for some of the other large birds like Southern Ground Hornbill, Saddlebilled Stork, Ostrich and Kori Bustard.

Birding enthusiasts from all over the world visit South Africa to experience both the great variety of typically African birds, migrants, and endemic birds. Bird watching in South Africa is rewarding and satisfying.

birding namibia
Namibia offers 19 Important Birding Areas that covers 111,000 square km. Birding is rewarding across this amazing country but the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund areas deserve a special mention due to the extraordinary number of birds found here during the summer months.

Namibia's Birding Hotspots
The Eastern Caprivi - Mamili National Park, Kwando River, Mudumu National Park, Katima Mulilo on the banks of the Zambezi River
The Western Caprivi - Mahango National Park, Okavango River, Popa Falls, Shamvura Lodge, Roy's Camp, Rundu
North-Central - Etosha National Park and surrounds, The Waterberg Plateau Park
The West - Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

Namibia Specials:
Some of the specials in Namibia to look out for are the Secretarybird, Blue Crane, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Bennett's Woodpecker, Meves's Starling, Chestnut Weaver, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Black-faced Babbler, Southern Pied Babbler, Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Red-necked Falcon, Pygmy Falcon, Kori Bustard, Ludwig's Bustard, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Black-winged Pratincole, Monteiro's Hornbill, Bradfield's Hornbill, Stark's Lark, Carp's Tit, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Chestnut-banded Plover, Caspian Plover, Burchell's Sandgrouse, Sociable Weaver, Violet Wood-Hoopoe, Barred Wren-Warbler, Southern Pied Babbler, Marico Flycatcher, , Hartlaub's Francolin, Scaly-feathered Finch, Violet-eared Waxbill, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Rockrunner, Herero Chat, Chestnut Weaver, Ruppell's Parrot and Ruppell's Korhaan.

 
 
tailor made bird watching vacations

For a birding safari of a lifetime! If you plan to travel as a group, be it friends or as a family, ask your birding specialist if they can arrange a private departure for your group. It offers the benefit of focussing on your specific interests and to travel at your pace. Let your birding safari operator plan the ideal itinerary for you.

 
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Letaka Safaris is based in Maun, Botswana offering scheduled birding safari departures as well as private and tailor-made safaris throughout the year. We give guests comfortable tented accommodation along with the best guides in the business, meaning that the guests can focus on the exceptional bird viewing on offer.

We also offer specialised photographic safaris to southern Africa's wilderness areas.
 
 
Distinctive AFRICA specialises in a wide range of distinctive birding safaris around Africa. These range from unique, exclusive tailormade safaris to camping safaris in Africa's wilderness areas, offering some of the most spectacular destinations on the African continent!. When we plan your bird watching safari, we combine it with the activities of your choice. Why not spoil yourself with the holiday of a lifetime? Africa is the ideal destination for a unique birding vacation...

The Distinctive AFRICA team brings you some of the most unique travel experiences in Africa. We specialise in Africa travel with an intimate knowledge of Africa's wide range of travel offerings.
 
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