Bird Safaris

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Birdlife in East and Southern Africa is unparalleled, and many return from a safari with a greater interest in the Africa’s avian life than they might have expected. Offering a diverse array of avian wonders that attract enthusiasts from all over the globe, the region is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Expert guides will lead guided walks, boat trips and vehicle based safaris enriching the safari experience with their extensive knowledge, and passion, for bird life. Whether you are watching the courtship dance of the blue crane in South Africa or the impressive aerial displays of Kenya’s raptors, birding in East and Southern Africa promises unforgettable safari moments.

In East Africa birdwatchers can explore diverse habitats ranging from the dense forests of Uganda to the expansive savannas of Kenya and Tanzania. Renowned for its incredible bird diversity, over 1,000 species have been recorded here. Highlights include the majestic African fish eagle, commonly seen along the shores of lakes and rivers, and the vibrant lilac-breasted roller, whose dazzling plumage is a delight for photographers. The unique secretary bird, with its long legs and eagle-like body, is often spotted striding through the grasslands. In Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, birders can seek out the elusive African green broadbill and the rare shoebill in the wetlands of the Mabamba Swamp. Additionally, the flamingo-filled alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley provide a spectacular sight as millions of these pink birds gather in shallow waters. East Africa’s rich birdlife, combined with its iconic landscapes, makes it a premier destination for birding enthusiasts.

Similarly, Southern Africa offers birdwatchers the chance to observe an impressive diversity of species in some of the most stunning landscapes on the continent. The region’s varied ecosystems, from the arid deserts of Namibia to the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, create unique habitats that support a rich avifauna. Notable species include the vibrant southern carmine bee-eater and the stately martial eagle, one of Africa’s most powerful raptors. Birdwatchers can also spot the enigmatic Pel’s Fishing Owl and the distinctive kori bustard strutting through the grasslands of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. With over 500 species in Kruger alone and countless others across the region, Southern Africa is a premier destination for birding enthusiasts seeking both common and rare avian treasures.


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