Birding Trail in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia
Highlights include the birding wonderland of Lake Ngami, the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, Caprivi Strip specials, Zambia and the Victoria Falls, the dramatic Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Moremi Game Reserve wildlife and birding on the fringes of the Okavango Delta. Boat cruises on the Okavango and Chobe rivers. Optional scenic flight over the Delta.
Day 1 & 2: Lake Ngami (FC/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, Garganey, Greater & Lesser Flamingo, Great White & Pink-backed Pelican, Grey Tit-flycatcher, Lesser Jacana)
Day 3 & 4: Panhandle of the Okavango (FB/TC)
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 5: The Caprivi Strip - Namibia (FB/HL)
We cross the border into Namibia and drive through the Mahango Game Reserve which is famous for its populations 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 camp on the Kwando River. (Rufous-bellied Tit, Shelley's Sunbird, Racket-tailed Roller, Sharp-tailed Starling, Purple-banded Sunbird, Copper Sunbird, Wood Owl)
Day 6 & 7: Katima Mulilo (FB/HL)
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. (Brown Scrub-robin, Schalow's Turaco, Giant Kingfisher, Racket-tailed Roller, Rock Pratincole, Eastern Nicator, African Finfoot)
Day 8 & 9: Livingstone - Zambia (FB/HL)
From the Caprivi we head east into Zambia towards the mighty Mosi-oa-Tunya (The 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 10 & 11: Chobe - Botswana (FB/HL)
Leaving Zambia we re-enter Botswana and head for 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, Copper Sunbird, Racket-tailed Roller, African Finfoot, African Skimmer, Pel's Fishing Owl, Brown Firefinch)
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 in the Nata Bird Sanctuary with it's seasonal flamingo population. (Greater & Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Montagu's Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Abdim's Stork, Marsh Owl).
Day 13: Thamalakane River Maun (FB/HL)
We leave the Pans and head west to Maun and our lodge on the Thamalakane River. There will be time for some more Kalahari birding en-route and for some afternoon birding around the lodge. (White-backed Duck, Lesser Jacana, Bat Hawk, Kalahari Scrub-robin, Purple Roller)
Day 14, 15 & 16: Moremi Game Reserve (FB/TC)
Our final destination is the Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta. The diverse habitats 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: Safari Ends
Our safari ends with a drive back to Maun. There is an option to take a scenic flight from Moremi over the Okavango Delta back to Maun instead of driving at extra cost.
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