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Livingstone Birding Trail Tour - 17 Days

Livingstone Birding Trail Tour

This 17-day birding safari is an ideal combination of fully-serviced tented camps and lodge/hotel accommodation which covers all the major bird habitats in northern Botswana, Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and southern Zambia. Birding from a boat on the Chobe River whilst enjoying the spectacular wildlife is one of the many highlights on this safari. Expect to record around 350+ species.

Highlights: Lake Ngami, Okavango Panhandle, Caprivi Strip, Victoria Falls, Choma Miombo Woodlands, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta.

Day 1
Day 1 - Lake Ngami (Botswana) FB/TC

We whisk you away from the airport in the frontier town of Maun to our private camp at Lake Ngami. This spectacular venue produces birds in astounding quantities and will get our birding experience off to a flying start. (Black-tailed Godwit, Greater & Lesser Flamingo, Great White & Pink-backed Pelican, White-backed Duck, Lesser Jacana, Pririt Batis)

Day 2
Days 2 & 3 - Okavango Panhandle (Botswana) FB/HL

Our next destination is close to the northern border of Botswana and Namibia. From our camp, we will explore the panhandle on boat and foot. This is our number one spot for Pel’s Fishing Owl and Narina Trogon and a fair amount of our time is devoted to finding these impressive birds. White-backed Night-Heron, Southern Brown-throated Weaver, Black-faced Babbler, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Narina Trogon, Western Banded Snake-Eagle, African Skimmer

Day 4
Days 4 & 5 - Caprivi Strip & Zambezi (Namibia) FB/HL

We cross the border into Namibia and drive through the Mahango Game Reserve which is renowned for its population of Roan Antelope as well as its diverse and abundant birdlife. Moving into the Caprivi proper we head east through the teak woodlands birding on the way to our lodge on the Zambezi River. Meaning ‘dim the fire’ Katima Mulilo is home to one of the more spectacular birds on our list, the Schalow’s Turaco. From our hotel here we explore the surrounding area looking for the Turaco and other specials in the area. Rufous-bellied Tit, Racket-tailed Roller, Sharp-tailed Starling, Purple-banded Sunbird, Copper Sunbird, Wood Owl, Eastern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Schalow’s Turaco, Giant Kingfisher, Racket-tailed Roller, Rock Pratincole, Shelley’s Sunbird, African Finfoot

Day 6
Days 6 & 7 - Livingstone (Zambia) FB/HL

From the Caprivi, we head east into Zambia towards the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke that Thunders) which is the local name for the Victoria Falls. The riparian forest along the Zambezi provides some good birding in this area. Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Verreaux’s Eagle, Taita Falcon, Narina Trogon, Olive Woodpecker

Day 8
Days 8 & 9 - Choma (Zambia) FB/HL

We leave Livingstone at dawn for the drive to Choma and the Nkanga River Conservancy, the stronghold of Zambia’s only true endemic, the Chaplin’s Barbet. Miombo birding here is also excellent. Chaplin’s (Zambian) Barbet, Souza’s Shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Spotted Creeper, Miombo Pied Barbet

Day 10
Days 10 & 11 - Chobe (Botswana) FB/HL

Leaving Zambia we re-enter Botswana and head Kasane which borders the renowned Chobe National Park where 60,000 elephants and countless birds make their home. Birding in and around the Chobe is diverse and rewarding throughout the year. Collared Palm-Thrush, Bronze Mannikin, Orange-winged Pytilia, Racket-tailed Roller, African Finfoot, African Skimmer, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Brown Firefinch

Day 12
Day 12 - Nata & Makgadikgadi Pans FB/HL

Our next leg takes us south into typical semi-arid Kalahari habitat. The highlight is the vast Sowa Pan adjoining the Nata Bird Sanctuary. Greater & Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Abdim’s Stork, Marsh Owl

Day 13
Day 13 - Thamalakane River Maun FB/HL

We leave the Pans in the morning and head west to Maun where we get to our lodge around lunch time. Afternoon at leisure whilst your guide changes over vehicles for the Moremi Game Reserve expedition. There is some good riverine and woodland birding from the lodge grounds. White-backed Duck, Lesser Jacana, Bat Hawk, Kalahari Scrub-robin, Purple Roller

Day 14
Days 14 to 16 - Moremi Game Reserve FB/TC

Our final destination is the Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta. The diverse habitat in this reserve provides excellent birding and great wildlife experiences all in pristine wilderness areas. Rufous-bellied Heron, Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Black Coucal, Swamp Nightjar, Malachite Kingfisher

Day 17
Day 17 - Maun

We drive back to Maun where our adventure ends. Fly back to Johannesburg for onward connections.

What is included?

  • Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds and bed linen, with a private bathroom en-suite.
  • Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply boat
  • Boat cruises and local transfers in customised passenger boats
  • Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves
  • All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves
  • All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in Letaka Tented Camps
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • 12% Value Added Tax

What is not included?

  • Travel Insurance
  • All flights unless otherwise indicated
  • Items of personal nature
  • Staff gratuities
  • Optional safari extensions
  • Any drinks at lodges or accommodation other than Letaka Tented Camps.

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Why book with Letaka Safaris?

Letaka Safaris is one of Botswana’s premier mobile safaris operators with over 40 years of combined guiding experience specialising in photographic, wildlife and birdwatching in Botswana and beyond.

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  • Maun
  • 17 Days
  • English
  • Maun