Birding Safari in Botswana
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! Needless to say, the Okavango is also rich in bird life, 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 savannah 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 birding 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.
Please note: this tour though listed in ZAR (due to Blue Sky Wildlife website only), the tour will be charged in USD $6,350 per person, USD $630 single supplement option
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 big game from a boat in Chobe NP.
- See Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Tour in Brief
- Group Size: maximum of 4 participants.
- Areas visited: Shakawe, Mahango Game Reserve, Eastern Caprivi, Chobe River, Victoria Falls.
- Expected weather conditions: warm to hot with chances of thunderstorms.
- Accommodation standards: medium-plus: private lodges and guest houses.
- Birding in brief: excellent all round. Good savannah birding, waterbirds and Kalahari species.
- Top birds: Pel’s Fishing Owl, Slaty Egret, Coppery-tailed Coucal, White-backed Night Heron, Hartlaub’s Babbler, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Lesser Jacana, Rock Pratincole, Chirping Cisticola, African Skimmer, African Pygmy Goose, Arnot’s Chat, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, African Finfoot, Rosy-throated Longclaw.
- Mammal viewing: good game viewing in most areas with chances for big game such as Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, and maybe some big cats. Some specials such as Sitatunga and Red Lechwe.
Alternative Tour Name: Botswana: Water & Wilderness
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