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Zambia bird watching & game viewing treat: part 1

Travel Suggestions for Bird Enthusiasts & Safari Seekers! Part 2 here!

Zambia has it all: incredible wildlife, dazzling scenery, and is home to some of the most notorious holiday destinations in the entire world! From the unique and splendid Victoria Falls, to a few of the finest safari holidays such as South Luangwa National Park, Lake Kariba and Kafue; by choosing this trip you are for sure about to embark on an adventure to be cherished for the rest of your life!

With an estimated 740 bird species, the country is simply a Garden of Eden for bird lovers! The vast combination of miombo woodland, grassy dambos, forests and wetlands is ideal terrain that guarantees excellent birding opportunities throughout the year. In fact, Zambia is believed to have one of the highest species-rich bird concentrations on the African continent!

A Yellow-Billed Stork!

In this 11 day Safari and Bird Watching Extraordinaire Combo you will travel across the country and be privileged enough to encounter a rich diversity of wildlife. Expect to see lions, elephants, buffalos, zebra, Red lechwe…and so much more!

Are you ready for the time of your life?! Zambia here we come…

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Lusaka International and transfer to Chaminuka Game Reserve Lodge, just outside the city. After a delicious light meal lunch, you have the choice between two activities: an afternoon around the reserve (which offers game drives, bush walks and horseback safaris), OR a trip to Kalimba Crocodile Farm. Either way, expect to see lots of birds and wildlife (Chaminuka has over 300 species of birdlife), or huge numbers of hungry crocs! 🙂

Day 2: Breakfast @ Chaminuka and drive to Lower Zambezi National Park, opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe. Stay @ Sausage Tree Camp & canoeing in the afternoon. Incredible photo opportunities for birds, and thrilling close encounters with hippos, crocodiles, and thirsty animals along the river bank!

Birds of Interest: Trumpeter hornbill, Meyer’s parrot, Lilian’s lovebird and Narina Trogon!

Day 3: Early game drive and transfer to the shores of Lake Kariba. Afternoon Sundowner Cruise around the lake, beverages and light snacks included. Overnight @ Spurwing Island (Zimbabwe).

Bird Must Sees: Spurwing Geese of course, the majestic Fish-Eagle, the African Darter, and the Gymnogene (African Harrier-Hawk). Also be on the lookout for the abundant wildlife of the area where elephants, masses of hippos, crocs, buffalos and waterbuck are king!

Day 4: Morning game drive in the Matusadona National Park, and continuation of the journey down south to reach “The Smoke That Thunders”; Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders!

Visit of the falls and accommodation @ The Royal Livingstone Hotel (5 Star British Old Style; been there, simply extraordinary), known as the “grand old lady of the Falls”! Breathtaking view of the Vic Falls, and private trail only 10 minutes away from the heavenly site. Make sure you have your raincoats ready as it will most likely be a “wet” experience! 😉

Day 5: Wake-up call @ 6am for a short visit of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, ideal for rhino sightings. After a typical “bacon and eggs” breakfast you will be headed for Zambia’s oldest and largest national park: Kafue! Truly a bird watchers paradise, with approximately 481 species ranging from aquatic birds to land specimens.

Accommodation @ Hippo Lodge, in thatched chalets or rustic safari tents overlooking the Kafue River. Extraordinary game viewing in the Busanga plains, which flourish with red lechwe, puku, the solitary and rare sitatunga, roan and sable antelope, zebra and dozens of other fascinating animals. Cat species such as lion and cheetah are also quite common!

Interesting Bird Species: the endangered wattled crane, the Fulleborn’s longclaw, African finfoot, Pels fishing owl, Bohms bee-eater and half-collared kingfisher.

The Endangered Wattled Crane!

Stay tuned for Part 2…coming up shortly…

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2 Responses to Zambia bird watching & game viewing treat: part 1

  1. Charlotte Mackie May 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    This sounds like a perfect holiday 🙂

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