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Birding - from the FatBirders Site!
Botswana - BirdLife Botswana aims to conserve and
Birding Sites: includes information on:
Northern Chobe National Park
Gaborone (Botswana) - Gaborone Birding Sites and Area
List - by Andrew Hester, Stephanie J. Tyler & Dragan Simic. In an effort
to answer the questions where to see the birds that epitomize the southeast
Botswana, which sites should be visited and when is the best time to go
there, this short guide describes 9 birding spots in and around Gaborone.
See also a Gaborone Birding Map,
by Dragan Simic.
and Surrounds - by Andrew Hester. The Gaborone area
the birder with variety of species and habitats to explore, and gives one
an opportunity to pick up a number of typical bushveld species, including
several Kalahari specials. Depending on rainfall, a full midsummer day
birding could yield anything up to 230 species. The following sites can
easily be visited in a day and are well worth the effort if you are passing
through or have a day to spend in Gaborone. An early start to any birding
day is essential, particularly in summer, where mid-day temperatures often
climb into the forties.
visit to Botswana 1999 - by Ruud and Kitty Kampf.
Region and Moremi Game Reserve -
Birds and game are thought
to draw the biggest number of visitors and it is probably the former for
which the Delta is rightly most famous. More than 350 bird species are
to be found and guides at any one of the dozen or more camps are very good
at providing serious bird watches with matchless opportunities. Kingfishers
and bee-eaters, perching at night of reeds, are a favourite subject that
can provide wonderfully satisfying opportunities for photographers.
Delta -- the world’s largest
Ramsar site - The magnificent
delta fans out across the northwestern corner of Botswana, creating a paradise
of islands and lagoons teeming with birds and wildlife.
Adventure in Botswana - Experiencing the greatest
concentration of species
on earth in the Okavango Delta - by Bert du Plessis.
of Southern Africa - With so many different habitats in Southern
the bird life is diverse with over 950 species. There are photos, maps,
slide shows, satellite images, and recorded bird songs.
Report: Zambia, Namibia & Botswana - The Miombo, Mavunda
Mwinilunga and living deserts of Namibia. A Tropical
Birding Trip Report. 22 October – 12 November 2003. Zambia is curiously
underestimated as a birding destination despite a long list of selling
points: it has a high diversity of habitats, many localised species, stable
politics and reasonable infrastructure. This trip delivered a huge number
of birds, and we managed 505 species (including heards) in 20 days of birding.
land of lions - (Botswana 2000-2002) - by John Milbank.
Selinda' is a safari reserve in northern Botswana, stretching south-west
from the Linyanti swamps on the border of Namibia's Caprivi strip, to the
panhandle of the Okavango Delta. Running the full length of the reserve
is a mostly dry channel, the so-called Selinda spillway, by which an overflow
in the delta would head towards the Linyanti in very wet years. There's
prolific birdlife at Selinda.
of Goleta, California and into Africa - June 13 - 21, 2001. Tony
richly illustrated account of an eclipse chasing expedition through Botswana
and Zimbabwe and the birds and critters encountered along the way.
Report: Botswana, Namibia and Victoria Falls "Deserts,
and Wilderness" - September 2001, by Ian Broadbent. This was the first
trip to Africa for my wife and I, and it proved to be an excellent introduction
to the wildlife and culture of the region. This was not intended to be
an all out birding holiday, and so some key sites were not visited and
a few of the Namibian endemics missed, but the tour still facilitated a
lot of great birding and game viewing and we had a wonderful time. We ended
up with a bird list of 318 species and a mammal list of 40, both of which
exceeded all expectations considerably.
Report - Botswana - October, 2002. By Tony Coatsworth.
Trip 2001 - Jaci's camp, Madikwe Game Reserve.
Nigel Blake. In January this year my friends moved to Botswana in connection
with their work, so it was partly a social visit to see them, I also
took my daughter Holly, for her first taste of Africa. The reserve boasts
a bird list of 230 species, plus 27 of the larger species of mammals including
Wild dog, one of the rarer mammals that is in decline throughout the African
continent. Being winter at the time of our visit the bird list however
was not as high.
Report: Zimbabwe (including parts of Botswana & South Africa),
February - 5 March, 2000. By Gruff Dodd,This was an excellent trip, with
loads of birds (382 species including 179 lifers in 2 weeks), and we escaped
almost unscathed from Cyclone Eline, the fuel shortages and the political
uncertainty afflicting Zim at present. The most lasting memories, among
all the birds, are of a stunningly beautiful country, and some of the friendliest
people I've ever been privileged to meet.
Report: Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe - September 27 -
24, 1998 by David Kelly. This is a report on my visit to Southern Africa
this autumn. This was my third visit to the region, I visited Zimbabwe
in 1993 and Cape
Town/Zimbabwe in 1996. On this trip the first part was an overland
tour of Namibia with Kumuka, this was on a MAN truck and there were twelve
passengers. This meant that birding was done where we stopped and that
some of the classic Namibian sites and endemics were missed. I did, however,
thoroughly enjoy the trip and was very happy with the birds (and mammals)
I could see. The overland ended with two days in Chobe NP in Botswana and
two days at Victoria Falls.
Report: Zimbabwe and South Africa. The pictures were taken
a three-weeks trip in Botswana and Zimbabwe Aug/Sept. 1999
Report: Northern Botswana and the Caprivi Strip - July, 1998. By
Hester. In July of this year (1998) our family ventured up north to the
Northern parts of Botswana and Caprivi. The Caprivi is a fascinating area.
It provides drainage for most of the south-eastern side of Angola, and
three large rivers effectively drain Angola and move through the Caprivi.
They are the Kavango which ends up as the Okavango Swamps, and disappears
into the Kalahari desert. The Kwando, which flows into the Linyanti Swamp
system eventually to become the Chobe and lastly the Zambezi, which flows
towards the Indian Ocean. With its myriad's of rivers, channels and waterways
the area provides a home for many water and swamp birds as well as birds
associated with forest and woodland adjacent to the waterways.
Report: Zimbabwe & Botswana, October 29 - December 4, 1998
Linda Lee Baker. This trip was taken by my non-birding husband and myself.
Our trip was divided into sections -- Zimbabwe national parks, a private
game camp, and Botswana game reserves.
Report: Magnificent birding in Botswana and Zimbabwe,
1996. Article and photos by Lynette Oxley. One of the highlights of our
three week overland trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe was the prolific birdlife
experienced. From the pretty duets of the Swamp Boubous in the Okavango
Delta and the Linyanti swamps (Chobe National Park) to the baby-like cries
of the Trumpeter hornbills on the mighty Zambezi which produced a birding
extravaganza not to be forgotten for a very long time.
Reports: Botswana - there are a number of Botswana trip reports