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Birdwatching

  • Lilac breasted roller
  • Pearl spotted owl
  • Carmines
  • Guinea fowl...never seem to go to bed
  • Ground hornbill
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Cacophony of pratincoles

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  • Birding on golf course
  • Gorge birding
  • Best October - April
  • Great habitat diversity
  • Top birding guides

Birdwatching

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.

The somewhat 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  Prices exclude parks fees; minimum of two pax 

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  • All the facts
  • The Victoria Falls area is a rewarding birding spot, with a variety of terrains from sub saharan desert to riverine valleys, and a small rainforest around the Falls themselves.

    Early summer (summer is from early August to late April), is one of the best times to see the migratory bird species, which makes this the optimal time to choose for the dedicated birder. Early rains could make some roads impassable. This is also an excellent time for game viewing as the grass is dry and easy to see over.

    Up to 694 bird species have been recorded in Zimbabwe in total, which is nearly two thirds of Africa's 900 listed species. Beyond Victoria Falls, an exceptional area for birding is found in the Eastern Highlands, and the Bvumba region. Matobo National Park near Bulawayo is another superb area, approximately 7hrs by road from Victoria Falls. 

     

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  • Half day and full day birding activities are conducted on the golf course near the Victoria Falls, and along the Zambezi Gorge.

    For longer trips spread your wings and join up on one of our birding mobile safaris.  Our Livingstone Birding Trail starts in Maun, Botswana and travels to Lake Ngami in the far south western tip of the Okavango Delta. You'll then travel to the pan handle of the Okavango Delta, along the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, and then to Livinstone, the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. From the Victoria Falls the safari travels back into Botswana, to the Chobe National Park, and then to Makgadikgadi Pans and Moremi National Parks before ending back wehre you started.

    Or sign up to our  Northern Wings Birding Safari  which explores Moremi Game Reserve, the fringes of the Okavango Delta by mokoro, the Khwai Concession area, ending in Chobe National Park. From here you could do a short transfer to Victoria Falls, adding on a couple of nights to explore the area.

     

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

The Victoria Falls area is a rewarding birding spot, with a variety of terrains from sub saharan desert to riverine valleys, and a small rainforest around the Falls themselves.

Early summer (summer is from early August to late April), is one of the best times to see the migratory bird species, which makes this the optimal time to choose for the dedicated birder. Early rains could make some roads impassable. This is also an excellent time for game viewing as the grass is dry and easy to see over.

Up to 694 bird species have been recorded in Zimbabwe in total, which is nearly two thirds of Africa's 900 listed species. Beyond Victoria Falls, an exceptional area for birding is found in the Eastern Highlands, and the Bvumba region. Matobo National Park near Bulawayo is another superb area, approximately 7hrs by road from Victoria Falls. 

 

Half day and full day birding activities are conducted on the golf course near the Victoria Falls, and along the Zambezi Gorge.

For longer trips spread your wings and join up on one of our birding mobile safaris.  Our Livingstone Birding Trail starts in Maun, Botswana and travels to Lake Ngami in the far south western tip of the Okavango Delta. You'll then travel to the pan handle of the Okavango Delta, along the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, and then to Livinstone, the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. From the Victoria Falls the safari travels back into Botswana, to the Chobe National Park, and then to Makgadikgadi Pans and Moremi National Parks before ending back wehre you started.

Or sign up to our  Northern Wings Birding Safari  which explores Moremi Game Reserve, the fringes of the Okavango Delta by mokoro, the Khwai Concession area, ending in Chobe National Park. From here you could do a short transfer to Victoria Falls, adding on a couple of nights to explore the area.

 

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...top birding guides

Webster “Webbie” Sitwala

"Webbie" Sitwala

Webster “Webbie” Sitwala is from Zambia's western Lozi Province. His grandfather passed on a passion for birds and Webby trained at the “Jungle Junction”. His bird imitations are known to have twitchers reaching for their binoculars. Don’t get caught...

Chris Worden

"JobJob" Worden

One of Chris's lesser known accomplishments was a 3-year study on the white-faced owl (Strix leucotis) credited in the definitive "Robert's Birds of Southern Africa". Nothing escapes his attention whether that's in Vic Falls or the deepest glades in Central Africa.

CB fishing

"Charlie Bravo"

After the serious business across at VFAPU is done Charles also does birding through his company Discover Safaris. They're mostly tailor made trips for specialists covering diverse habitats around Vic Falls. Resident fish are generally quite safe on his trips!

...great birding spots

Chris's skimmer

Imbabala Lodge

Quiet, tranquil spot in a private concession on the upper Zambezi - close enough for the action, far enough for some peace

Siankaba's luxury suites from the Zambezi

Islands of Siankaba

This is a haven for the discerning traveller wanting to retreat to a quiet area of exceptional natural beauty after exploring the Victoria Falls.