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!
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,
Sitatunga, African Straw-coloured Fruit Bat
miombo woodlands, mushitus (riverine forest), dambos, marshes, dense thickets, riverine forest, wetlands, mopane forest, grasslands, swamps, mavunda’ forest, Brachystegia woodland
sub-tropical, hot and humid with showers
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
easy, with long days in the field
moderate with some localised, tricky species
10 million African Straw-coloured Fruit Bats,
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.
Thank you for a wonderful trip! Thank you, Andre Bernon, for all you did to make it so memorable!
Daniel Danckwerts is a fine young guide, excellent and devoted birder, and can get people onto the specials - he is very personable, always optimistic and constantly professional, working to get the most possible out of the trip.
Heinz Ortmann is a great guide, organizer and traveling companion.
Greg de Klerk could not have done more, he was very good particularly when I lost my luggage and I just couldn’t make a lot of decisions that needed to be made particularly in the limited time available for shopping and he helped me through that.
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