Overview

This tour has been created as an exciting introduction to some of southern Africa’s most famous wildlife destinations, delivering incredible contrasts from the lily-choked backwaters of the Okavango Panhandle to the desolate Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The region’s exceptional avifauna includes several range-restricted and highly sought-after species. Beginning in the dry eastern districts of Botswana, we search for the localised Boulder Chat and the scarce near-endemic Orange River Francolin. Travelling westwards, we head to Maun – gateway to the Okavango. Here we will search for the scarce Slaty Egret, Pel's Fishing Owl and White-backed Night Heron, whilst common denizens of these swamps include African Pygmy Goose, Brown Firefinch, African Skimmer, Western Banded Snake Eagle and Lesser Jacana. Our journey then leads us through several wilderness areas where quality time will be spent observing numerous large mammals such as African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, and African Wild Dog. Our trip will conclude at the magnificent Victoria Falls – rightly considered one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World – where the wide Zambezi River plummets over 300ft into the Batoka Gorge.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Boulder & Arnot's Chat, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, Kori Bustard, Secretarybird, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, Burchell’s Sandgouse, Orange River Francolin, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Meyer’s Parrot, Southern Pied Babbler, Violet-eared & Black-faced Waxbills, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Lilac-breasted Roller, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, African Barred & Pearl-spotted Owlets, Rufous-bellied Heron, Long-toed Lapwing, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Slaty Egret, Greater Painted-snipe, African Pygmy Goose, Lesser Jacana, Chirping & Luapula Cisticolas, Greater Swamp Warbler, Racket-tailed Roller, Southern Ground Hornbill, Swamp Nightjar, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Southern White-faced Owl, African Scops Owl, African Skimmer, White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher.
Top Mammals
African Elephant, Lion, African Buffalo, Leopard, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Red Lechwe, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Sitatunga, Spotted Hyena, Plain’s Zebra, Topi, Roan, Sable, Waterbuck, Puku, Bat-eared Fox.
Habitats Covered
woodland, grasslands, riparian forest, swamp, marsh, pans, rivers, mopane scrub, floodplain
Expected Climate
hot to very hot during the heat of the day, pleasant in the evenings. afternoon thunderstorms possible
Max Group Size
6 guests & 1 Rockjumper Leader & Local guide
Tour Pace & Walking
easy, with no difficult walks or overly long drives
Accommodation
comfortable to luxurious mobile camps
Ease of Birding
mostly easy with some trickier species
Other Attractions
Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta
Photographic Opportunities
great to excellent
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Greg de Klerk was very considerate of individual needs. He is also extremely knowledgeable about ornithology, wildlife, geology, local cultures and languages. A fountain of helpful information. I would certainly travel with Greg again, and would recommend him to others.

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

I enjoyed the trip… a nice mix of birds and other animals. Greg de Klerk did a great job. I hope there will be another trip that I can travel with him.

Greg is an excellent birder and worked hard to find as many species as possible, and also to make sure that everyone saw them. He was very genial company and took great care of everyone.

Andre Bernon was a great leader, with great vision and bird finding skills. He also had excellent people skills, both with the participants and the various third parties that we dealt with. He maintained good humour and an even disposition throughout.

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