Botswana is without a doubt one of the greatest safari nations in Africa. The brilliant birding and wildlife viewing is complimented by some of the most fantastically situated lodges and campsites on the continent, while the local Batswana people are both friendly and accommodating.
Rockjumper’s popular Namibia, Okavango & Victoria Falls Overland safari visits the major highlights of three of Africa’s most remarkable countries. This comprehensive tour combines the endemic birds of the Namib Desert with spectacular tropical savanna and wetland species. Spending time observing mammals will also be a major feature as we seek creatures ranging from elephant-shrews to elephants, as well as the fabled “Big 5”. We explore the rugged Khomas highlands around Windhoek, the desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft, Walvis Bay where thousands of flamingos and other waterbirds feast on the riches of the cold Atlantic Ocean, unrivalled game-viewing in Etosha National Park, the world famous Okavango Delta in Botswana, the floodplains of the Okavango and Zambezi River systems, ending in Livingstone where we marvel at one of the natural wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls. Birding targets on this fabulous adventure include Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, Ludwig’s Bustard, Rüppell’s Korhaan, Pel’s Fishing Owl (one of ten possible owls!), Rockrunner, White-tailed Shrike and an incredible diversity of larks.
Our Botswana – Birds and Big Game 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.