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This is the second article in a series on Southern Africa inspired by a birding trip to Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls with Rockjumper and two safaris to Chobe National Park in Botswana with Kalahari Tours and Kruger National Park in South Africa with Lion Roar Safaris.

The articles in order so far are: 1 A Lark in Africa2 Welwitschia3 Safari to Namibia Part 1, 4 Safari to Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls Part 2 and 5 Large Raptors.

I’m not much of a botanist but a friend and fellow art dabbler Max Bourke when he heard we were going to Southern Africa said that we had to do two things and tell him about it. We had to see a Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea) which is the most numerous wild bird in the world, a population of around 1.5 billion breeding birds; and we had to visit a Welwitschia plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) one of the strangest plants in the world.

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