Victoria Falls: Private Birdwatching Safari near the town

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This birdwatching tour covers shrubland, sewage ponds, river shore and canyon habitats. You will see many species in quick succession and be able to pick up some rarities as well.

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Highlights

  • See plenty of birds species in various habitats (ponds, shrubland, river).
  • Explore the shore of the Zambezi River in search of avian specialities.
  • Visit the Zambezi River gorge and pick up more species such as raptors.

Description

1.) VICTORIA FALLS TOWN After pickup at your hotel, we drive to the sewage ponds on the outskirts of the town. While driving there we have the chance to see some birds in the town area such as Laughing Dove, Pied Crow, Common Bulbul, Red-winged starling, White-browed Robin-Chat, Scarlet-chested Sunbird and White-browed Sparrow-Weaver. 2.) SEWAGE PONDS The sewage ponds are a magnet for wildlife all year round. Access to the area is free and it hosts many species that you can also see in Zambezi National Parks and other reserves where an entry fee is necessary. Walking in the area you will be able to see many residents and migrant species. The ponds are popular with aquatic species such as Egyptian Goose, Water Thick-knee, Black-winged Stilt, Blacksmith Lapwing, White-headed Lapwing, Three-banded Plover, African Jacana, Marabou Stork, Hamerkop, African Sacred Ibis and various migrant waders such as Wood Sandpiper. We will spend around 1 hour exploring the surrounding shrubland which has plenty of species such as Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Namaqua Dove, Gray Go-away-bird, African Gray Hornbill, Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Little Bee-eater, Lilac-breasted Roller, White Helmetshrike, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Kurrichane Thrush, Red-backed Scrub-Robin, Red-billed Quelea, Red-billed Firefinch and Golden-breasted Bunting. 3.) SHORE OF ZAMBEZI RIVER We drive to the river shore where we will be able to pick up further species that are unique to this habitat. This includes specialities such as Pratincoles (Collared, Black-Winged and Rock Pratincole all possible) and the Collared Palm-Thrush. Common riverine birds include African Darter, Long-tailed Cormorant, Hadada Ibis, African Fish-Eagle. In the woodland & shrubland along the river you can expect Red-faced Mousebird, White-fronted Bee-eater, Crested Barbet, Black-Collared Barbet, Black-backed Puffback, Tropical Boubou, Crimson-breasted Gonolek, Terrestrial Brownbulbul and Southern Yellow White-eye. 4.) ZAMBEZI RIVER GORGE We transfer to the Lookout Café. On the terrace of the café, you can enjoy breathtaking views over the river gorge. Also, you have a chance to pick up some additional species such as swifts, swallows and various raptors. If time is up, the tour ends here. From the Lookout Café, you can conveniently walk back to your hotel in Victoria Falls town. 5.) VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI CLUB If time allows, we will drive you to Victoria Falls Safari Club. This luxurious lodge has a lookout terrace from where you have excellent views into Zambezi National Park. Daily at 1pm vultures are being fed right under the terrace so this is an excellent opportunity to see species such as Hooded Vulture and White-backed Vulture from close. From the lodge, you also have a chance to spot mammals such as antelopes or giraffes.

Includes

Expert guide specialised in birdwatching Hotel pickup and drop-off

Important Information

  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. We recommend wearing long clothing for protection from mosquitoes. Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a brimmed hat are important too. Food is not included. Make sure you eat enough before you start the activity. Bring binoculars if you have them. If you don’t, let us know in advance so we try to organise one pair for you.

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