Overview

This exciting tour concentrates on the highlights of one of Africa’s most remarkable countries, offering vast areas of pristine wilderness and a great diversity of habitat. The tour visits a number of incredible sites within the country, and we will dabble in all the most important of habitats including the rich miombo woodlands, mushitus (riverine forest) and dambos (seasonally inundated wetlands). Key sites include the fabulous Victoria Falls – rightly considered one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. From there, we head to the Choma region where we can expect to enjoy a wonderful selection of birds such as the endemic Chaplin’s Barbet together with Racket-tailed Roller, Red-capped Crombec and Fülleborn's Longclaw. Next, we drive to the Zambezi Valley, specifically the thickets along the Mutulanganga and Mbendele Rivers, where the highlights might include Barred Long-tailed and Emerald Cuckoos, African Pitta, River Warbler and the endearing Livingstone’s Flycatcher. We then make our way northwards, stopping first in Forest Inn where we stand another excellent chance at finding the Black-necked Eremomela and Chestnut-backed Sparrow-weaver. Finally, we will visit two sites in the north: the vast Mutinondo Wilderness and Kasanka National Park. Here we hope to find the rare Bar-winged Weaver, Anchieta’s Barbet, Anchieta’s Sunbird, Bocage’s Akalat, Böhm's Flycatcher, Blue Quail, Chestnut-headed Fullftail and Souza’s Shrike. Who knows – we may even see a Shoebill or, should our timing be right, witness the breath-taking sight of approximately 10 million African Straw-coloured Fruit Bats leaving their roost in the world’s biggest mammal migration! We are excited to share this incredible adventure, though one of Africa’s upcoming destinations, with you!

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Chaplin’s, Miombo Pied & Anchieta's Barbets, Racket-tailed Roller, Red-capped Crombec, Fülleborn's Longclaw, Barred Long-tailed, Thick-billed & African Emerald Cuckoos, African Pitta, River Warbler, Livingstone’s & Böhm's Flycatcher, Black-necked Eremomela, Chestnut-backed Sparrow-weaver, Bar-winged Weaver, Chestnut-headed Flufftail, Anchieta’s & Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Bocage’s Akalat, Blue Quail, Chestnut-headed Fullftail, Souza’s Shrike, Shoebill, Schalow’s & Ross’s Turacos, African Spotted Creeper, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Rock Pratincole, African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Collared Palm Thrush, Shelley’s Sunbird, Sooty Chat, Pennant-winged Nightjar, African Broadbill, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Orange-winged Pytilia,
Top Mammals
Sitatunga, African Straw-coloured Fruit Bat
Habitats Covered
miombo woodlands, mushitus (riverine forest), dambos, marshes, dense thickets, riverine forest, wetlands, mopane forest, grasslands, swamps, mavunda’ forest, Brachystegia woodland
Expected Climate
sub-tropical, hot and humid with showers
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
easy, with long days in the field
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some localised, tricky species
Other Attractions
10 million African Straw-coloured Fruit Bats,
Photographic Opportunities
good
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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.

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.

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.

Heinz Ortmann is a great guide, organizer and traveling companion.

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.

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