Victoria Falls: Private Zambezi River Birdwatching Safari

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Explore the vast Zambezi River by boat in search of special birds that are unique to this habitat. Besides birding there is a high chance to see other animals such as hippos and crocodiles.

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  • See plenty of birds as well as crocodiles, hippos and other mammals.
  • Explore the Zambezi River in search of rare birds such as African Finfoot.
  • Experience the beauty of the vast Zambezi River with wonderful sunsets.
  • Enjoy the privacy of your own boat that allows you ride slower and see more.


This tour offers an unforgettable experience for both birders and wildlife enthusiasts. The vast Zambezi River splits into many small waterways and islands. This natural river system hosts many bird species. Among the common bird species you can expect are White-faced Whistling-Duck, Egyptian Goose, Spur-Winged Goose, Water Thick-knee, Blacksmith Lapwing, African Openbill, Yellow-billed Stork, African Darter, Goliath Heron, Great / Intermediate / Little Egret, African Sacred Ibis, Hadada Ibis, African Fish-Eagle and Pied Kingfisher. What makes the Zambezi River system unique are the rare species. These special and more elusive species in southern Africa often only occur along the Zambezi River. The African Finfoot is certainly one of the star species that most birders will want to see. It usually can be found along the overhanging branches at the river shore. This is where you can also find White-backed Night-Heron, Half-collared Kingfisher and Malachite Kingfisher. Rock Pratincole and African Skimmer are one of the most sought-after species for birdwatchers in the area. Both are seasonal migrants and nest on the sandbanks and rocks along the river. Collared Pratincole and Black-winged Pratincole are seasonal migrants from Europe that spend the winter here. If you are lucky, you can spot a spectacular Pel’s Fishing-owl that inhabits the islands on the river. Search the sky for rare birds of prey such as Osprey (migrant), Banded Snake-Eagle, Bat Hawk (at dawn) and Dickinson’s Kestrel. You also have a chance to see the rare Brown-necked Parrot (Gray-headed Parrot). Besides birds, the Zambezi River system supports healthy populations of hippos and crocodiles, easily seen up close from the boat. You also have a chance to see a variety of mammals that come to the river to drink such as African bush elephants, Cape bushbucks, Impalas and Waterbucks.


Expert guide specialised in birdwatching Hotel pickup and drop-off

Important Information

  • This tour will take place rain or shine, please dress appropriately. 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. Bring appropriate clothing: We recommend wearing long clothing for protection from mosquitoes. Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a brimmed hat and comfortable shoes are important too.

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