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Botswana Safari Holidays Tours Okavango Chobe Savuti Victoria Falls

Botswana Birding Tour (circular) - via Caprivi + Zambia
BYL16M
16 NIGHTS
FROM £4,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Birding Tours Botswana Namibia Zambia Okavango Caprivi Victoria Falls

Our specialist birding tours to Botswana, Namibia & Zambia  cover all the regional 'hot spots', travelling from Lake Ngami & Okavango Delta to the lush Caprivi region & Victoria Falls, before continuing to Choma in search of endemics. Continue across Makgadikgadi Pans to Moremi Game Reserve. English speaking birding guide, all transfers & park fees included. 2 departures per year (Nov & Feb). Min 2 / max 7.

Birding Tours Botswana Namibia Zambia Okavango Caprivi Victoria Falls
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Birding Tours, Botswana
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Lake Ngami
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Okavango Delta
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Caprivi in Namibia
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Katima Mulilo
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Zambezi River
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Victoria Falls, Zambia
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Choma
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Makgadikgadi Pans
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Moremi Game Reserve
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Birding Tours, Botswana
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Lake Ngami
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Okavango Delta
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Caprivi in Namibia
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Katima Mulilo
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Zambezi River
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Victoria Falls, Zambia
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Choma
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Makgadikgadi Pans
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Moremi Game Reserve
Day 1
You will be met at Maun Airport - the gateway to the famous Okavango Delta - by your birding guide and transferred 1.5-hours to your tented camp at Lake Ngami.
 
Lake Ngami is a fragmented remnant of ancient Lake Makgadikgadi, with abundant bird life. It is an endorheic basin that is seasonally filled when the Taughe River flows from the Okavango, but it has no outlets.
 
This spectacular venue produces birds in astounding quantities and will get our birding experience off to a flying start. Here you can hope to see Black-tailed godwit, Greater & Lesser flamingo, Great white pelican, Pink-backed pelican, White-backed duck, Lesser jacana, Pririt batis and much more.
 
Note: All Meru-style tents will be pre-erected and are en-suite, with beds and linen provided, as well as three delicious meals a day. Packed lunches will be provided on travelling days. Drinks and alcohol will be provided at all tented camps, but when staying at lodges all drinks and alcohol are payable locally. A head torch is essential, as lighting in the tents is dimmer than at home. Each person should also bring their own binoculars, as it can be very frustrating to share.
Day 2
After some early morning birding at Lake Ngami, we travel northwards towards the deep water channels of the Okavango Panhandle, where the Okavango River feeds into the seasonal Okavango Delta, whose waters flow inland from Angola into the vast Kalahari – never finding the sea, but instead forming a great inland delta whose waters are absorbed by the desert.
 
Comprising 6,000 square miles of crystal clear channels, serene lagoons and a myriad of islands, the Okavango Delta forms a natural oasis that sustains a vast variety of wildlife and birds of all descriptions. The waters are at their height from July to October, forming an amazing wetlands ecosystem that is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
 
From our camp we will explore the panhandle by boat and on foot. This is our number one spot for the Pel’s fishing owl and Narina trogon and a fair amount of our time is devoted to finding these impressive birds. We also hope to find the White-backed night heron, Southern brown-throated weaver, Black-faced babbler,  Western banded snake-eagle and African skimmer, amongst others.
Day 3
Today is devoted to birding along the Okavango River.
 
Birdlife is outstanding here, with over 350 different species recorded in these deep water channels covered with huge expanses of floating papyrus. There is arguably no better place in Africa in which to see such a wide variety of storks, herons, egrets, ducks, geese and kingfishers.
 
The Okavango Panhandle is not as well known for big game viewing, but you can see small herds of lechwe that are suited to this terrain and many hippos and crocodiles. Fishing is also particularly good in these waters, especially for bream and tiger fishing.
 
In the evening relax around a blazing campfire under balmy African skies.
Day 4
A full day on the road today as we travel northwards from Botswana and across the border into Namibia.
 
After completing border formalities, we enter the game-rich Caprivi region, a narrow finger of Namibian territory that stretches eastwards all the way to the Victoria Falls.
 
We drive through the Mahango Game Reserve, which is renowned for its large population of roan antelope as well as its diverse and abundant birdlife. We continue travelling through teak woodlands, stopping for birding along the way.
 
In the late afternoon we check into our lodge situated situated near Katima Mulilo on the Zambezi River, where you can enjoy an optional sunset cruise.
Day 5
Katima Mulilo (meaning ‘place where the fires went out’) is home to one of the more spectacular birds on our list - the Schalow’s turaco - so we spend some time today exploring the area around our lodge looking for this bird and other specials.
 
We can also hope to spot the Rufous-bellied tit, Racket-tailed roller, Sharp-tailed starling, Purple-banded sunbird, Copper sunbird, Wood owl, Eastern bearded scrub-robin, Giant kingfisher, Racket-tailed roller, Rock pratincole, Shelley’s sunbird and African finfoot.
Day 6
Today we leave Katima Mulilo and drive cross the Zambezi River into Zambia.
 
After completing border formalities, we drive 3.5-hours to our hotel situated near the mighty Victoria Falls. Check in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent 'Smoke That Thunders' first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, when it is a magnificent sight.
Day 7
Today we explore the riparian forest found along the banks of the Zambezi River.
 
These forest provide some rewarding birding, with species you can hope to spot including the Trumpeter hornbill, Crowned hornbill, Verreaux’s eagle, Taita falcon, Narina trogon and Olive woodpecker.
Day 8
An early start today today, as we drive 3-hours from Livingstone to the market town of Choma, situated on the main road to Lusaka.
 
We come to this high rainfall plateau because the nearby Nkanga River Conservancy is the home of Zambia’s only true endemic - the Chaplin’s barbet.
Day 9
Today is spent birding in the shallow wetlands of the Nkanga River Conservancy.
 
Situated on private farmlands, the habitat comprises a mix of Miombo woodland, Munga woodland, thickets and some open grassy plains. Much of the area is fenced to contain cattle and some land is cultivated.
 
In addition to the Chaplin's barbet we also hope to see the Souza’s shrike, White-bellied cuckooshrike, Red-faced crimsonwing, Spotted creeper and Miombo pied barbet.
Day 10
This morning we travel 3-hours back to Livingstone, continuing another 2-hours by road and ferry to Kasane in Botswana. After completing immigration formalities, we check into our lodge situated on the Chobe River.
 
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve, uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers where four African countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is home to some of Botswana’s most spectacular wildlife, as well as abundant bird life. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast game sanctuary and hopefully you will see elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and other river-based wildlife today.
 
Birding here is diverse and rewarding and you can hope to spot the Collared palm thrush, Bronze mannikin, Orange-winged pytilia, Racket-tailed roller, African finfoot, African skimmer, Pel’s fishing owl, Brown firefinch and many others. In the evening dine in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 11
Rise early for a day of birding in the great Chobe National Park.
 
The Chobe River is dominated by an impressive sandy ridge, with broad-leafed woodland vegetation. As you move into the valley the impact of the high elephant population is felt, with the paucity of large trees that typically line the rivers of sub-tropical Africa. The river itself is broad and meandering and in the flood season is an impressive sight. To the east, outside of the park, lie the riparian forests that are home to so many of the more tropical species whose ranges end abruptly in north-eastern Botswana.
 
Raptors you can hope to see here include the Bat hawk, Cuckoo hawk, Eurasian hobby falcon* and Ovambo sparrowhawk. On the edges of the floodplains you can search for the Corn crake*, African crake*, African rail, Luapula cisticola, Malachite kingfisher, Quail finch, Rosy-throated longclaw and much more. As the floodwaters recede, large flocks of Great white pelicans investigate the shrinking pools  and much larger flocks of the nomadic Red-winged pratincole and Black-winged pratincole (numbering in their thousands) can be found on the drying floodplains. The woodlands support the Racket-tailed roller, Stierling's wren-warbler, Tree pipit* and Miombo rock thrush amongst many others (* = migratory species).
 
Chobe National Park is also home to vast herds of buffalo, as well as numerous other species which roam in profusion and diversity. During the dry season, vast elephant herds migrate from both south and north to congregate in their thousands along the Chobe River – the largest concentration of elephants in the whole of Africa. Also hope to see lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, roan antelope, sable antelope, the endemic puku, Burchell's zebra, bushbuck, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals before returning to your lodge.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 12
We rise early today for an open top game drive in Chobe National Park with a ranger.
 
After returning to the lodge for breakfast, we travel southwards to the vast and remote Makgadikgadi Pans. These white shimmering pans are one of the largest salt flats on earth, covering over 6,000 sq.miles (16,000 sq.km) - with some covered in water during the wet season.
 
On an afternoon nature drive (seasonal permitting), we experience how this geological phenomenon changes this remote and inaccessible landscape into a wonderland of surrealistic beauty.
Day 13
This morning we leave Makgadikgadi and travel 3-hours to Maun, where we check into out lodge around midday.
 
Your afternoon is at leisure, whilst your guide changes over vehicles for the Moremi Game Reserve expedition. There is some good riverine and woodland birding in the lodge grounds including the White-backed duck, Lesser jacana, Bat hawk, Kalahari scrub robin and Purple roller.
Day 14
This morning you will be collected at 08.00 and transferred 3-hours to Moremi Game Reserve, situated on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta.
 
Within an hour of leaving Maun, it is possible to view the first of the wildlife inhabiting this unspoilt region. Check into your comfortable en-suite tented camp in the Xakanaxa region Settle in and relax in this pristine conservation area that offers outstanding birding and game viewing.
 
Wildlife: Every type of mopane habitat is well represented in our drive today, from the towering cathedral woodlands of Xakanaxa to classic climax mopane woodlands, and in the drier and harsher habitats extensive stretches of scrub mopane. The San-ta-Wani region has scattered ephemeral water pans with large floodplains and camel-thorn woodlands. 25 miles (40 km) of our drive is in Moremi Game Reserve with a further 25 miles (40 km) in wildlife management areas where animals roam freely.
 
Birding (*migratory species): A good day for raptors with African Hawk-Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Little Sparrowhawk, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Tawny Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle* and Steppe Eagle* all inhabiting the mopane and adjacent woodlands. Other birds common along this route includes most of Botswana’s hornbills including Red-billed, Southern Yellow-billed, African Grey, Bradfield’s and the Southern Ground Hornbills. A large number of brood-parasites may also be seen. Diederick Cuckoo*, Levaillant’s Cuckoo*, Jacobin Cuckoo*, Great-spotted Cuckoo*, African Cuckoo*, Common Cuckoo*, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Pin-tailed Whydah, Eastern Paradise Whydah, Greater Honeyguide, and Lesser Honeyguide.
Days 15 To 16
Activities in Moremi Game Reserve are devoted to birding, with over 240 different species present. You may also see some of the larger animals that inhabit this region, such as buffalo, hippo, lion and elephant.
 
In the evening relax around a blazing campfire under balmy African skies.
 
Habitat: Moremi lies on the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta. Habitats here range from wide-open floodplains, marshes, lagoons, papyrus fringed channels, vast stands of Miscanthus and Phragmites, woodland and savannah. As a result of the extremely variable habitat the diversity of both wildlife and birdlife is excellent.
 
Wildlife: Moremi is amongst the best game reserves in Africa for viewing the endangered African wild dog. Xakanaxa is home to a resident herd of several hundred buffalo whose range covers the territories of at least 4 prides of lion, which are often seen flanking the ever moving herd. Breeding herds of elephant move between their browsing areas in the mopane forests and the fresh water of the Okavango. Red lechwe are one of the more unusual antelope species and commonly found here.
 
Birding (*migratory species): The swampy areas of Xakanaxa are home to African Rail, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Black Coucal*, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake*, Black Crake, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule to name but a few. The open waters attract African Skimmer, Saddle-billed Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, Intermediate Egret, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle as well as the globally threatened Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane.
Day 17
After some final game viewing in Moremi Game Reserve, transfer 3-hours to Maun Airport for your flight home.