The Zambezi region around Victoria Falls is home to an incredible variety of about 350 different avian species; a good proportion of this number is thanks to our migrants who generally start arriving in the warmer months (September/October) and leaving us from March as our winter approaches.
Of course this does not mean the end of birding for us, as we still have an enormous amount of birding to experience. Whether a “novice” or “twitcher” there is no better way in seeing parts of the Zambezi river that few people ever get to experience. Navigating around the numerous islands that surround the Victoria Falls water ways or along the main shore line on a private boat with an experienced Birding Guide, you are sure to have a great experience.
You will be met at your hotel at 06:30am for an early start to a great day.
Your first port of call will be the shoreline along the Zambezi river.
Here you have a great chance at seeing some important species:
• Schalow’s Turaco
• African Palm Swift
• Collared Palm Thrush
• Brown Firefinch
• Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
• Luapula Cisticola
• Chirping Cisticola.
After a couple of hours scanning the river front we will climb aboard a boat specific for birding for another couple of hours. From the river we are looking for Long-toed Lapwing, Rock Pratincole, Western Osprey, African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer, Black-winged Pratincole and Rufous-bellied Heron.
For lunch we will either spend it under a shady tree on one of the many islands or pop into one of the cafés situated along the Zambezi River.
After lunch we will travel inland either to one of the grassy plains in search of some kestrels, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, European Bee-eaters, Black Coucal, Denham’s Bustard, Helmeted Guineafowl or one of the many seasonal cuckoos.
Alternatively we will go to Gorges Lodge, where there is a chance of the Verreaux’s Eagle, Taita Falcon or the Augur Buzzard that all inhabit the gorge below! We will do some walking here along the edge of the gorge, with birding a little slower but some real treats if all goes to plan. When we meet up in the morning we can discuss the idea of going to Gorges Lodge or into the grassy plains.
Your full day will include a continental breakfast, teas and coffees, waters, lunch, soft drinks, wines and beer, with a small selection of snacks to end the day!
Do you have a quick question about this birding tour? Speak to a specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.