You cannot ignore birds in Africa. The wilds are alive with song and activity from the wide open skies to the deepest forest. It;s usually a matter of time and you will soon be recognizing familiar species and before you realize it, your interest grows. Birding can become a serious undertaking and enthusiasts will travel vast distances to spot rarities and special visitors. Some birders become known a twitchers, this pastime is very competitive as they list and chase the rarest birds and are highly stressed, nervous individuals. Bird watching can be a very relaxing when you simply tune into their habitat and quietly observe them at a water point from a hide or lodge.

Bird watching

Wherever you travel, birds will be found, although some areas offer better bird watching than others. The greatest number of birds may be seen between October and March, when the central African migrants are present. Endemic species will be seen throughout the year.

Birding in Southern Africa is excellent, with close to 1000 species being present in the region.

Southern Africa offers some of the most diverse avian habitat – particularly in northern Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe – whilst Namibia has an abundance of endemic bird species. Ensure that you have your own pair of binoculars if you are a keen bird watcher.

South Africa ranks as one of the finest bird watching destinations in the world.
The Cape “fynbos” habitat is home to many indigenous varieties that depend on their close dependence on the rich floral environment.

Kruger National Park alone has recorded 500 different bird species, many of breathtaking beauty; Ndumo Game Reserve in Northern Natal has a similar quantity.

The best time for bird watching in southern Africa is from October to March, when intra-African and European migrants are in residence.

The area is covered by a selection of excellent field guides.

Greenlife is renowned for emphasizing more than just the ‘big mammals’ on safari, and their guides are all familiar with the birds of their particular areas, while some are bird experts in their own right.