Birdwatching in Zimbabwe
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.
There have been over 650 bird species recorded in Zimbabwe, and eight of the ten families endemic to the African mainland are represented here.
Some key destinations for birdwatching in Zimbabwe include the dry Kalahari environment of Hwange National Park, the lush rainforests localised in the tiny Victoria Falls National Park, and the rocky shores of Lake Kariba. Meanwhile Mana Pools National Park may be renowned for its walking safaris, but it's well worth a visit for its birdlife which varies from massive goliath herons to the tiny, iridescent Shelley's sunbird.
For our recommendations of the best safari lodges and camps for bird watching in Zimbabwe, see the links below.
Our favourite places for birdwatching in Zimbabwe
Rhino Safari Camp|100% (1 review)With its location overlooking Lake Kariba, Rhino Safari Camp is well placed for spotting good numbers of birdlife, including African fish eagles, various breeds of hornbill, storks, geese, ducks, plovers and other breeds of water birds. More about Rhino Safari Camp
Vundu Camp|96% (9 reviews)Vundu’s location in the deep, shady riparian forest beside the Zambezi River means that there are birds around camp constantly. Look out for bee-eater colonies and a variety of kingfishers on river trips, and plenty of raptors inland. Expect your birding questions to be ... More about Vundu Camp