Our South Luangwa Birding & Big Game Extension visits this teeming “Big Five” reserve in eastern Zambia, famous for its magnificent game diversity and incredibly rich birdlife. We will be spending three nights in this magnificent National Park and will work the network of roads in an attempt to locate the mammals and birds that inhabit this vast wilderness.
Amongst the avian highlights, we will look for screeching flocks of Lilian’s Lovebirds as they dash overhead; and, if the summer rains have arrived in time, the highly sought-after African Pitta that breeds in the park (though we will require a hefty dose of luck to find this special species!). The Luangwa River flowing through the park is also well known for its massive breeding colonies of Yellow-billed Stork, Southern Carmine and White-fronted Bee-eaters, and Horus Swifts. Special summer birds that come in with the rains include African Skimmer, Allen’s Gallinule, Dwarf Bittern, Great Snipe and African Crake; while the massive trees overhanging the rivers’ quiet backwaters are the haunts of the ever-desirable Pel’s Fishing Owl.
Lilian’s Lovebird, Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Skimmer, Great Snipe, Greater Painted-snipe, African Crake, Allen’s Gallinule, Dwarf Bittern, chance for African Pitta, Racket-tailed Roller
African Wild Dog, Leopard, Lion, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Cookson’s Wildebeest
rivers, riverine woodland, broad-leaved woodland
warm to hot & humid with a chance for rain
african megafauna, pristine wilderness