Birding Safari in Botswana
Experience this moderately-paced 13-day Birding Botswana Tour. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a true marvel, a massive labyrinth of channels and lagoons fanning out into the vast sands of the Kalahari. The clear water and lush vegetation attract masses of wildlife and indeed, Botswana has some of the best wildlife viewing to be had on the continent - Botswana Safaris are among the best on the continent! Expect to see 200+ bird species, including 10 Southern African endemics and 20+ mammals.
Needless to say, the Okavango is also rich in birdlife, including specials such as the sought-after Pel’s Fishing Owl, Slaty Egret, the exquisite African Pygmy Goose, African Skimmer, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Lesser Jacana, Chirping Cisticola and others.
The surrounding woodland savanna regions, which become progressively drier as one moves away from the Delta, also have their appeal, holding birds such as Dickinson’s Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Souza’s Shrike, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Hartlaub’s Babbler and an array of large raptors.
Our 13 day Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe Birding Safari tour of the region kicks off in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. We then make our way around the western side of the delta to Shakawe. To fully appreciate the river delta environment one needs to get onto the water, and on this tour, we’ve included time on a fully-equipped houseboat in this region of the ‘panhandle’, as it’s known.
The boat has four cabins and comes with a full staff, including a chef to prepare our meals. By day we’ll be out and about on the smaller tender boat, birding and viewing wildlife as we explore the maze of channels and lagoons, perhaps stopping for a coffee stop and leg stretch on an island dominated by impressive Mahogany, Jackalberry, and other trees, while at night enjoying almost total isolation moored somewhere in a quiet backwater.
After our time on the water, we head north into Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, staying at a lodge on the mighty Zambezi River, before going eastwards into the famous Chobe National Park. Here boat rides on the Chobe River should be enthralling, to say the least, with great photographic opportunities to be expected.
From Kasane in Botswana, we make a final journey to Victoria Falls, with some time spent appreciating one of the world’s great waterfalls. This birdwatching in Botswana tour will come to an official end the next morning in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, but participants may want to spend more time in the area before flying to onward destinations.
Birdwatching in Botswana - Top 5 highlights:
- Spend time on a houseboat on the Okavango River.
- Do numerous birding boat trips on the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers.
- See classic African riverine species such as Pel's Fishing Owl, African Skimmer and Slaty Egret.
- See the big game from a boat in Chobe NP.
- See Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size to confirm availability and pricing.
Want to explore what other birdwatching tours are on offer? Check out the Eastern South Africa Endemics Birding Safari Tour.
Alternative Tour Name: Botswana: Water & Wilderness