Birding, is an activity that can be done anywhere. Even your local park can be a bird watching destination. The only exception is birds that are caged or living in captivity. Those birds unfortunately do not count. But why would you limit yourself when there are so many birds out in the wild waiting be discovered.
Birding is a great activity for young and old. It is an opportunity for family members to bond and connect across generations. Parents or even grandparents can introduce their children and to love and respect a part of nature that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Location: The Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site situated in the heart of Botswana’s arid region. This inland delta is a seasonal and permanent home to many animals.
Main region attractions: The Okavango Delta is often described as “Africa at its wildest”. To get a closer look at the wildlife take a mokoro, a locally made canoe, through the delta’s many channels.
Main Species: The delta is home to over 400 species of birds including African fish eagle, Pel’s fishing owl, the crested crane, lilac-breasted roller and hammerkop amongst others.
Did You Know: The Okavango Delta became the 1000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Tweet This
Location: The South Luangwa National Park is situated on a valley floor between the Luangwa River and the Muchinga Escarpment. The park was initially established to protect the thornicroft’s giraffe that can only be found in the Luangwa Valley.
Main region attractions: The South Luangwa National Park is known for offering one of the best walking safari experiences in the world. This offers a great opportunity to get a better view of the birds found in the region.
Main Species: There are over 400 bird species in this area. This accounts for nearly half of the total bird species in Zambia. There are approximately 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species found i the park, which means that there are birdwatching opportunities all year round.
Did You Know: With 60 different animal species found in the park, the only notable absence is the rhino. Which has sadly been poached to extinction in the region. Tweet This
Location: The Kruger National Park is found in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces in the northeastern part of South Africa. As one of the largest game reserves in Africa, the reserve covers an area of 19 485 square kilometres.
Main region attractions: The Kruger National Park holds the widest variety of wildlife in Africa. This means that a visit to this world-renown safari destination will give you the best opportunity to spot the Big 5 and other interesting wild animals.
Main Species: There are an estimated 477 bird species recorded here. The area is perfect for woodlands and savannah bird spotting. Bird populations in the area usually rise between October and March.
Did You Know: There are approximately 900 bird species recorded in South Africa. This accounts for 10% of the total bird species in the world. Tweet This
Location: Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa. It is found on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Main region attractions: Just opposite the waterfall is a basalt rock entirely covered in tropical forest. The forest’s ecosystem is based on the Zambezi River and is home to many bird species.
Main Species: It is believed that there are about 470 bird species in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Falls. The Zambezi River creates a ecosystem that allows many bird species to flourish. Victoria Falls is considered one of the best birding locations because it allows great opportunities for both beginner and experienced birders. Common birds in the area include Cape Cormorants, African darters and little egrets.
Did You Know: The waterfall is called Mosi-o-Tunya by locals which translates to “The smoke that thunders”. The waterfall is not only a tourist destination but it supplies energy to many cities in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Tweet This
Southern Africa has approximately 967 bird species spread across the region. Above we have just highlighted four of many birding hot spots. Whether you’re a novice birder or you’re well experienced in the activity you will be sure to enjoy your time spent in one of these locations. Along with birding there’s a wide variety of wildlife for you to discover and learn about. Getting to know the complex ecosystems that attract the birds to the area will only make you a better birder and enhance your ability to spot the various species found there. Choose from the wide range of safari holiday packages available at eAfrica Safari Tours for your next birdwatching expedition.