Simple access to diverse habitats in Vic Falls could give you up to 100 ticks in a day but there's even more awaiting serious birders
The bird counts in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana are 694, 779
and 593 respectively.
In the relatively small area around Victoria Falls, you'll be
able to view a great diversity of birds within rain forest,
riverine, gorge and savannah habitats. Access to these habitats is
simple as road networks in Zambezi National Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya
are good and boating allows easy access to the riverine fringes.
For the more active, walking trails are abundant. The truly
adventurous can explore birding habitats on horseback and move away
from the tourist crowds.
A day's birding in the company of a good guide will allow you to
clock up close to 100 species. Local species include Rock
Pratincole, Schalow's Turaco, African Finfoot, Half Collared
Kingfisher and Thick Billed Weaver.
The hot and wet summer months between November and March are the
best time for birding in Victoria Falls. During this time, resident
species are in breeding plumage and the intra-African and
Palaearctic migrants are around.
serious birders can wander slightly further
afield from the Vic Falls hub to view some of our other indigenous
species. For example Swamp Nightjar at Imbabala,
Black-Cheeked Lovebird in the Kafue, African Skimmers breed in Mana
Pools, Chirinda Apalis in Zimbabwe's eastern highlands, Pel's
Fishing-owl in the Okavango.
If you're really serious
about birding, head to the Linyanti Concession where Ross's Turaco,
first recorded in the southern Africa sub-region in 1974, was
sighted again in 2011. High flood levels in the Kwando-Linyanti
system and wetter conditions have definitely improved your chances
to spot this rarity. Spend some time in western Zimbabwe, the
Caprivi and northern Botswana.
Half day option US$75
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