The Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a haven for an astonishing variety of wildlife, both big and small. It stands as one of Africa’s most breathtaking and unique wilderness areas, renowned for its diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife. This immense oasis, fed by the Okavango River, sprawls across northern Botswana, creating a mesmerising mosaic of floodplains, channels, lagoons, and islands.
It’s also teeming with avifauna with over a staggering 500 species. On this tour, we aim to see the best of the Okvango’s birdlife in just three days. Expect a large count and lots of fun as we explore the delta via foot, boat, and safari vehicle all while enjoying the comforts of one the best safari lodges in Africa.
At Maun, a Sustainable Birding representative will meet you and have a quick meet and greet, before will hop on a small ‘safari-style’ aircraft and leave the bustling town behind to head into the famous Okavango Delta. We’ll be flying to our impeccable lodge which to sits right in the heart of this delta, offering stunning aerial views of the beautiful wetland.
In the afternoon, we’ll search the nearby riverbanks to look for various bird species such as the Western Banded Snake-eagle, African Hobby, African and Eurasian Golden Orioles, Hartlaub’s and Arrow-marked Babblers, African Yellow White-eye, Terrestrial Brownbul, African Paradise Flycatcher, Swamp Boubou, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, African Emerald, Levaillant’s, Black, Klaas’s, and Jacobin Cuckoos, not forgetting the charming and ever-present White-browed Robin-Chat to name a few.
Where you will be staying: Camp Okavango
The next few days are all about exploring the Okavango Delta by both land and water. We’ll be taking many boat cruises, quietly gliding through the delta’s intricate network of channels. Expect to spot Luapula and Chirping Cisticolas, Black Coucal, Greater, and Lesser Swamp Warblers, as well as Great Reed and African Reed Warblers. The skies will likely be adorned with White-fronted, Southern Carmine, Blue-cheeked, and Little Bee-eaters, while the majestic African Fish Eagle graces the scene. We will also be hoping to see the sought-after Pel’s Fishing Owl, which will be our main target. Other notable sightings we hope to see are the Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, White-browed, Senegal, and Coppery-tailed Coucals, along with the striking Southern Ground Hornbill and Bradfield’s Hornbill.
The skies should be lively with various raptors, with chances to spot Ovambo and Little Sparrowhawks, African Goshawk, African Harrier-Hawk, Shikra, and Gabar Goshawk being quite common. Alongside seeking the previously mentioned birds, we’ll visit a sizable heronry known for fantastic sightings of African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, African Openbill, Hamerkop, African Darter, and Saddle-billed Stork. Keep an eye out for the majestic Giant, Pied, Malachite, and Half-collared Kingfishers patrolling the channels. We’ll also be on the lookout for animals like African Elephants, African Buffalo, Lions, Chacma baboons, Greater Kudu, Impala, and Waterbuck as they come down to the water for a drink.
On our final morning, following breakfast, we’ll indulge in a final boat cruise in this part of the delta.
Then, in the afternoon, we’ll again be taking a small aircraft back to Maun, where this tour will be ending. In the sky, you’ll get a last glimpse of this incredible landscape. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Maun and the next day you’ll catch your flight back home.
Where you will be staying: Camp Okavango
Easy– most activities to be done via boat exploring the Okavango, along with some on-foot birding.
The above cost is based on a group of 6 people. Please get in touch if you’d like us to arrange a private tailor made tour
Best time of year to visit:
The optimal months in Botswana for birding and wildlife viewings are November, December, and March. These months experience less rainfall than January and February, offering exceptional birdwatching opportunities against a backdrop of stunning landscapes.
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