People travel to Africa to see extraordinary animals – the Big 5! What can be overlooked is the spectacular birds of the African savanna. Watching the flight of the colorful lilac-breasted roller can be as enjoyable for bird lovers as watching elephants at a watering hole.
What birds to expect on safari varies with the parks you visit and the time of year you are traveling. The Okavango Delta in Botswana is famous for its incredible birdlife – more than 600 varieties have been counted in this UNESCO site! But no matter where you go, and whether you plan on birdwatching on safari or not, you will see some wonderful, new-to-you, species!
We traveled to Botswana, South Africa and Zambia in September when the migration season was long past, but still saw some wonderful birds. We weren’t focused on birdlife but managed to get some pictures of the special ones we saw. Hope you enjoy!
- What to Expect on an African Safari: a first timer’s experience
- Best Binoculars for Travel – recommendations for lightweight binoculars for every budget
- Packing for Safari: gear and gadgets
Recommended Reading for Birdwatchers on Safari
|GUIDEBOOK||Birds of Southern Africa by Ian SinclairBirds of Southern Africa continues to be the best and most authoritative guide to the bird species of this remarkable region. This fully revised edition covers all birds found in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and southern Mozambique. (Amazon)|
|POCKET GUIDEBOOK||Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair (pocket guide) With luggage constraints, this is the book we carry with us. Over 500 birds, with nice images for easy identification.|
(just for fun!)
|Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson A beguiling novel that does for contemporary Kenya and its 1,000 species of birds what Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies Detective series does for Botswana (Amazon) Kindle copy (this would be a fun read for the long overseas flight) – Guide to the Birds of East Africa|