Our top picks for birding safaris in Africa

 

Africa is home to thousands of bird species, many rare or endemic to particular countries. From the famous shoebills to the circling vultures, the go-away birds to the huge flocks of bright flamingos, there is sure be a bird to delight everyone. Here are our tops picks for birding safaris in Africa.

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Madagascar Birding Safaris

Madagascar or the eighth continent is certainly worth visiting if you are looking for a fantastic birding holiday.

Some of the world’s most fascinating and endangered birds are endemic to this magical country.

There are 280 species known on the island and incredibly, 100 of those are endemic to Madagascar whilst another 20 are shared only with its Indian Ocean island neighbours.

The itinerant birders will be interested in the five endemic families including the mesites, asities, cuckoo-roller, vangas and the incomparable ground rollers.

Uganda Birding Safaris

An incredible bird list of over 1,000 species with many highly sought after birds like the unique Shoebill can be experienced on a Uganda birding holiday.

From the White Nile on Lake Victoria to snow capped Ruwenzori Range, open savannah, impressive Muchison Falls to thick forests home to primate species like monkeys and gorillas Uganda really is our number one destination for an Africa bird and wildlife safari.

Kenya Birding Safaris

There are over 500 species of birds along with spectacular landscapes and wildlife safari viewing infamous parks like the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Laikipia and Amboseli to name a few.

The collections of birds in places like Hell’s Gate, Buffalo Springs and Kakamega Forest get you a little bit off the beaten track. Other places worth a visit, especially after the rains, are Mt Kenya, Samburu and Shaba, North Kinangop grassland, Lake Baringo, Aberdare National Park and Tsavo National Parks East and West.

South Africa Birding Safaris

A South Africa safari is certainly spectacular in its scenery and rich in wilderness abundant with wildlife including birds. With such a diversity of landscapes, you also get the different bird species.

South Africa boasts more endemic bird species than any other African country. You can find 450 species of birds, 100 regional endemics and many other favourite birds.

Springtime is a favourite when the wildflowers bloom and many birds are nesting plus the intra-African migrant species arrive at their breeding grounds.

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