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British Bird Fair 2018
We’re back for Bird Fair 2018…hopefully still in the midst of a continuously glorious British summer!
We’re still banging on about those easy, comfortable and inexpensive mainstream routes into southern and East Africa. Also beyond into the wild and adventurous fringes. Where we hope to find few people, big spaces and an abundance of birds, bugs, beasts and assorted critters!
Join us at the British Bird Fair 2018
That’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 17-19th August at Rutland Waters, Oakham. The Zambezi team can be found in the usual spot – Marquee 7, Stand 57. This year it’s…
- John Berry beating the Zambezi drums in the Harrier Lecture Theatre, 1pm on Sunday 19 August. “How to plan an African Safari for first-timers and seasoned travellers alike” – seasons, destinations and top tips.
- Rupert Finch Hatton from Tanzania – with updates from Nomad and some snippets from explorations in Sudan, Ethiopia and beyond…
- Jordan Bennett from Zimbabwe – still celebrating the fact that bob has left the room
- Tim Henshall on Sunday representing a range of operators across Africa.
From British Bird Fair to an African safari…
Around 2250 different species of bird fly over the mainland of Africa. So here are some tips from Zambezi Professional Guide and birding aficionado Chris Worden:
- It’s all in the timing – from October into the wet season, November until April and the start of winter in the southern hemisphere during of of our “secret seasons“
- We recommend including a range of diverse habitats, reach out and “go beyond the obvious“
- It’s the people who really made the difference on safari… the best guides will know the top spots, how to get there and will really make a difference to your safari experience – meet a few of our friends, guides, photographers, artists and journalists
Some of Africa’s top birding destinations
So to help you on your way, here are just a few of Africa’s top spots for bird watching:
- Explore in and around Victoria Falls – Rock Pratincole, Schalow’s Turaco, African Finfoot, Half Collared Kingfisher and Thick Billed Weaver. With a professional guide you could see around 100 species!
- Birders’ paradise in Linyanti Concession – Ross’s Turaco.
- Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – These ancient forests support 347 bird species including 7 IUCN red data listed bird species and 24 out of a total of 25 Albertine Rift endemics in Uganda. The Buhoma Waterfall Trail, the bamboo-zone and the Mubwindi Swamp trail found in Ruhija are very rewarding. Join a gorilla trek – it’s possible to check off over 100 species between gorilla treks.
- Okavango Delta – home to 400 species of birds including Pel’s Fishing Owl.
- Imbabala has the Swamp Nightjar.
- Kafue – Black-Cheeked Lovebird, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wattled Crane and Lady Ross’ Turaco.
- Mana Pools – African Skimmers breed.
- Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands – Chirinda Apalis.
It’s all in the planning. Get the location right, the timing spot on and of course the guiding and you’ll be rewarded by a great birding safari!
(Goliath Heron and Blacksmith Lapwing in Chobe National Park. Courtesy Tom Varley Photography.}
Birding and beyond…
If you can’t join us at the British Bird Fair 2018 here are some tried and tested African safaris…
#1 Bushcamp experience with the best Professional Guides.
Mainstream destinations to whet your appetite…
The iconic Victoria Falls.
The Kaokoveld in the north west of Namibia.
The mango eating elephants of Mfuwe Lodge.