African safari packages offer the quintessential birding safari experience thanks to vast wilderness areas, impressive quality and diversity of species. Among the most impressive of the continent’s innumerable wildlife spectacles are the flamingoes on Rift Valley lakes, water birds in deltas, rivers and lakes of Africa to raptors on open plains. Africa really does impress with its birding holidays and it is not unusual to record more than 100 species in a day.
Stunning birds like kingfishers, rollers, guineafowl, starlings, sunbirds, barbets, hornbills, bushshrikes and bee-eaters can be seen as can a rich diversity of raptors. Bataleur, snake eagle, martial eagle, fish eagle, falcons, buzzards and goshawks aplenty. The waterbirding safari is among the world’s finest with wetlands throughout Africa supporting a wealth of wonderful birdlife. Storks, herons, shorebirds, pelicans, waterfowl to name a few.
Seeing more diversity in bird species is all about changing habitat. In general, for birders we recommend, it’s better to spend longer in each park to avoid missing birds and animals and we offer activities in the best light so you get outstanding sightings.
Twitchers may prefer to keep on the move, visiting as many different national parks and likely bird habitats as possible logistically with given timeframes and budgets.
South Africa has the highest number of endemic bird species in mainland Africa whilst Zimbabwe has no endemics. So it’s important to know what you’re looking for and work with specialists. We ensure you get to stay in the very best located camps and lodges to maximise your chances of seeing the birds of Africa that interest you most.
Whether you want to tick off a list or linger longer for the ultimate photograph and notations, birdwatching on an Africa safari is a hugely rewarding safari experience.
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