Birding safari in Botswana

Even though Botswana doesn’t have endemic bird species, it is regarded as a premier birding destination because of its protection of a number of threatened and endangered species. Coupled with an excellent seasonal variation in birding, Botswana is a good choice for bird lovers.

The summer months from October to February tend to be the best months for viewing migrant species, while the dry winter months see many birds flock to the waterholes.

The Lesser jacana (credit Rachel Lang)

The call of the Woodland kingfisher is one of the most noteworthy calls in Botswana’s northern region and heralds the summer birding season. Wattled cranes, storks, herons and egrets are also indications that the flood season in the Okavango is not far off.

Wattled cranes are rare

The Okavango Delta in particular is the greatest stronghold in Africa for Wattled cranes, as well as Slaty Egrets. Other notorious species include the Pel’s fishing owl, the African skimmer and the White-backed night heron.

Pels fishing owl

Botswana also has the most renowned Greater Flamingo and Lesser Flamingo breeding sites in southern Africa.


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Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari

day 1

Spend the day at your leisure in the Chobe NP
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  • Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari
  • Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari
  • Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari
  • Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari
  • Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari

day 2 to 3

Exploring Central Chobe

day 4

Arrival Khwai Concession Area

day 5 to 6

View as animals come down to drink from the river

day 7

Views over the surrounding Xakanaxa lagoons

day 8 to 9

Pristine wilderness Moremi Game Reserve

day 10

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