Bird watching

Bird lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to birdwatching in southern Africa. The region’s wealth of varied habitats – including watering holes, forests, flood plains, mud pans and wetlands – attract a vast range resident and migratory species.

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A range of prime habitats

The summer months see the African skies heavy with flocks of returning migratory birds. The waters and open floodplains of the Okavango Delta make it Botswana’s prime birding destination with over 500 recorded species, while Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe boasts good infrastructure and boasts 420 species on file.

  • The Okavango Delta is a birder’s paradise.

  • Ornithological guides with a vast knowledge of African avifauna.

  • A wide variety of habitats attract a plethora of species.

  • Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s birding hotspot.


Always something to see

A safe haven for birds

From the waders of the Okavango Delta to the raptors in Hwange National Park, bird lovers can see hundreds of different species thanks to stringent protection laws. New to the hobby or a seasoned twitcher, specialist Machaba Safaris guides are on hand to conduct private tours.

  • Over 500 species recorded in the Okavango Delta.
  • Excellent visibility on vast open floodplains.
  • Migrant birds arrive from October to March.
  • Hwange National Park is home to the world’s largest flying birds.
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From Management

With a diversity of habitats which attract a wide variety of species, the Okavango Delta is a birder's paradise

A wide variety of feathered species

Diversity and abundance

From great flocks of flamingos, Southern Crowned Cranes and giant raptors, to ground hornbills and Mocking Cliff Chats, and elusive African Crakes and Pel’s Fishing Owls – Machaba Safaris has camps and lodges in some of the region’s prime birding hotspots.

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Talk to us about your birding list, we know where to spot rare and endangered species.

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Our Popular Activities

From game drives to untamed walking safaris under the care of our highly trained guides, there is always something to see and do. Experience our unique water-based activities depending on the season, and the water levels during your visit.

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