White-fronted bee-eaters brighten the branches in Southern Tanzania.
Birdwatching in Africa
Africa is a fantastic continent for a birdwatching holiday, as the range of environments make for a hugely diverse bird population. The geographical range is vast, with montane forests, wetlands, marshes, deserts and coastlines on both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. With a range of African and country-specific endemics, as well as migrant birds which visit to breed and ‘summer’ in the southern hemisphere, birdwatching in Africa is packed full of variety.
Expert Africa does not currently offer trips which we label as “birdwatching holidays to Africa". However, we do have bird-watchers among our expert team, and so can advise you on the best lodges and areas for your birding interests – and we do put together many tailor-made trips for travellers who want to go on a primarily bird-watching holiday.
Click the links below for more about birdwatching in the various countries to see some of our favourite places for birding, and then give
us a call to chat through your trip.
Much of northern Botswana consists of vast tracts of untouched wilderness with plenty of wildlife. Observe also that it encompasses two extremes of environment: the arid Kalahari and the verdant, watery Okavango - and you'll understand why birdwatching in Botswana can be as good as it gets!Ideas for birdwatching in Botswana
Kenya is a prime destination for a birdwatching holiday at any time of year. Tremendous geographical range gives Kenya a variety of climates and landscapes, hence the second highest number of species in Africa. Kenya holds the world-record 'bird watch' - with 342 species seen in 24 hours!Ideas for birdwatching in Kenya
Malawi has a number of species which are rare in the rest of Southern Africa, and birdwatching in Malawi is probably at its best in the country's water and forest habitats. Malawi's birding highlights include near endemics such as the Malawi batis, east coast akalat and white-winged apalis.Ideas for birdwatching in Malawi
Mozambique stretches over 2000km from north to south. It is a lush and varied country, and birding in Mozambique is particularly good along its Indian Ocean coastline. Migrant coastal waders are found in the south, whilst the ornithological records of the bays and islands of the north are still incomplete.Ideas for birdwatching in Mozambique
The best time for bird watching in Namibia is during the rains - typically between around November and April. Then many migrants visit, adding to the native species found inland; food is plentiful and many species sport colourful breeding plumage. Meanwhile Namibia's rich, cold ocean attracts large permanent populations of coastal birds.Ideas for birdwatching in Namibia
Birdwatching in Rwanda is somewhat overlooked in favour of gorilla-trekking trips. However, birdlife in Rwanda is excellent, giving visitors the chance to see some of the Albertine Rift endemic bird species. There are over 600 species in Rwanda, which is amazing for such a small country and makes for great birding.Ideas for birdwatching in Rwanda
The Seychelles is a disparate group of islands - some granitic; some coralline - scattered around the equatorial Indian Ocean, over a range of a thousand of kilometres or so. Come birdwatching in the Seychelles to see a handful of rare endemics that evolved here, plus some huge colonies of ocean-going birds.Ideas for birdwatching in Seychelles
South Africa has the highest number of endemic bird species in mainland Africa. Birding in the Cape is particularly good due to the sheer variety of flora found in the Cape Floristic Region. Furthermore, as many South Africans are keen birdwatchers, the resources about birds and information available are usually excellent.Ideas for birdwatching in South Africa
With a range of endemic bird species, Tanzania is a great location for a birdwatching holiday. A tremendous amount of ornithological research has been carried out here in the past twenty years, which has hugely increased the information and resources for bird watching in Tanzania. Come for great endemics, near-endemics and speciality birds.Ideas for birdwatching in Tanzania
Birdwatching in Zambia will reveal a mix of south, east and even central African birds. Birdlife is richest during the 'emerald' wet season (Nov-March) when foliage is dense and insects are thriving; this is also when palearctic and intra-African migrants visit. There is limited accessibility to some areas during this time, but some amazing opportunities for keen birders.Ideas for birdwatching in Zambia
Whilst Zimbabwe doesn't have any endemics, it's still great for bird watching. A Zimbabwe holiday which focuses on birdwatching would be best during the rains (Oct - March) - as then food is plentiful, migrants are around and many species are in breeding plumage. Specialities include the rare Angola pitta (or 'African Pitta') and the Taita Falcon.Ideas for birdwatching in Zimbabwe