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Botswana

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There is no doubt about it - with nearly 600 bird species including over 500 regularly occurring species, Botswana offers some brilliant birding opportunities. The country is essentially a semi-desert, covered largely by dry tree, shrub and grass savanna (a fine example being the Central Kalahari Game Reserve). Only in the wetter north (Okavango Delta and, within it, the Moremi Game Reserve) and northeast sectors (Chobe National Park and the Kasane Forest Reserve); do tropical woodlands occur. In the extreme southwest the dunes of windblown sand form a transition between the Kalahari and Namib-Karoo zones (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park).

There are no endemic bird species in Botswana, and the country's only near-endemic is the Short-clawed Lark with the major global stronghold in the grasslands of the south-east (Gaborone - Ramatlabama area). However, populations of globally threatened Wattled Crane and Slaty Egret in the north are of international importance. When flooded, Sowa Pan, to the east of the Makgadikgadi Pans, attracts globally significant numbers of Lesser and Greater Flamingos. Breeding occurs sporadically, every five or six years, depending on the water levels, such as after the rainy season of 1999-2000, when more than 200,000 flamingos concentrated to breed in the shallow saline lake formed in the pan.

Kalahari
Almost 80% of the country falls within the Kalahari sandveld ecosystem - low shrubs and bushes interspersed with patches of woodland, inhabited by species such as Arrow-marked Babbler, Bradfield's Hornbill, Barred Owl, Bateleur, Ant-eating Chat, Three-streaked and Black-crowned Tchagras, Plum-coloured and Cape Glossy Starlings. The more arid central and south-west areas (including the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) support Ostrich, Gabar and Pale Chanting Goshawks, Black-breasted Snake Eagle, Greater Kestrel, Kori Bustard, Northern Black Korhaan, Caspian Plover, Double-banded Courser, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Pied Barbet, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-capped, Sabota, Fawn-coloured and Rufous-naped Larks, Grey-backed Finchlark, & Capped Wheatear.

When to travel
Botswana lies under the Tropic of Capricorn with temperatures reaching their highest levels from October to March with an average of 35-40C at midday and 26C overnight. In the winter, April to August, temperatures often fall to c. 27C at midday, and c. 6C overnight. November to February are not just the hottest, but also the wettest months - and the best time for a birder to visit the area since most of the intra-African and Palaearctic migrants are present and resident species are in breeding plumage. With a knowledgeable local guide you may expect over 100 species per day in winter, and over 200 species in summer.

Top Sites

Chobe National Park

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Chobe National Park The Chobe National Park (with 450 species – Botswana's longest list) in the north-east provides a similar habitats on a much smaller scale: the Chobe River itself, seasonally inundated floodplains, covered with reeds; riverine woodland and further from the river, mixed broadleaved woodland. Special birds include: African Finfoot, White-backed Night and Rufous-bellied Herons, Slaty Egret, Bradfield's and Trumpeter Hornbills, Narina Trogon, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Racket-tailed Roller, Half-collared Kingfisher, Green-capped Eremomela, Angola Rock Thrush, Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah, Golden-backed Pytilia, Eastern Bearded Robin, Red-faced Cisticola, Collared Palm Thrush, Coppery and Purple-banded Sunbirds, and Pink-throated Longclaw.
Getting there: The entry point to Chobe is the village of Kasane, reachable by tarred roads but, with exception of the Kasane – Ngoma Bridge (tarmac); all roads in the park are sandy tracks negotiable by 4x4 only.

Makgadikgadi Pans

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In years of high rainfall, a shallow alkaline lake system, the Makgadikgadi Pans (16,000 square kilometres) are formed. The pans are famous for their large flamingo breeding colonies. Other special birds include: White Pelican, Secretary-bird, Montagu's and Pallid Harriers, Marshal and Tawny Eagles, Red-necked Falcon, Greater, Lesser and Red-footed Kestrels, Burchell`s and Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Wattled and Crowned Cranes, Ground Hornbil, Bronze-winged courser, Red-winged and Black-winged Pratincoles, Spike-heeled, Pink-billed, Rufous-naped and Clapper Larks, Chestnut-backed Finchlark, Capped Wheatear.
Getting there: All roads in the Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pans National Park are negotiable by 4x4 only. There are several basic campsites in the park, lacking any facilities and without potable water.

Okavango Delta

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In the northwestern corner of Botswana is the inland delta of the Okavango (18,000 square kilometres) where the Kavango River spreads out into a maze of channels, lagoons and backwaters, creating the largest Ramsar site in the world. Habitats range from open grasslands (seasonally flooded) and palm fringed islands with tall stands of mature woodland, to ample Papyrus and Phragmites which line the waterways and lagoons, and lush riverine forests along the riverbanks. The threatened Wattled Crane and Slaty Egret have their global stronghold in this area. Other special birds include: Pink-backed Pelican, Rufous-bellied and White-backed Night Herons, Pygmy Goose, African Skimmer, Pel's Fishing Owl, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Pink-throated Longclaw, Red-winged Pratincole, Chirping Cisticola, Long-toed Plover, Swamp Boubou, Bat Hawk, Western Banded Snake and Long-crested Eagles, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Narina Trogon and Brown Firefinch.
Getting there: The entry point for most tourists is the town of Maun. While western Delta and Panhandle, as well as Moremi Game Reserve are reachable by car (4x2 and 4x4, respectively); light aircrafts are the best way to get around the most of the delta if time matters.

Contributor

Other material - Andrew Hester

Bird Guide - Western Cape - 0027 +83 456 1824

shoebill@yebo.co.za

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 597

National Bird: Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudatus (Sometines the national bird is said to be Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori

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Useful Reading

Bird Atlas of Botswana

Huw Penry Paperback - 350 pages (November 1994) University of Natal Press

ISBN: 0869808958

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Birds of Botswana

By Peter Hancock (Author) & Ingrid Weiersbye (Illustrator) | Princeton University Press | Paperback | Nov 2015 | 398 Pages | 1200+ Colour Illustrations | 597 Colour Distribution Maps |
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ISBN: 9780691157177

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Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

Kenneth Newman Paperback | Oct 2010 New Holland Publishers - 536 pages, Col photos, col plates, maps

ISBN: 9781770078765

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Photographic Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern, Central and East Africa

David Allan, Peter Hayman (Illustrator) Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 November, 1996) New Holland Publishers (UK)

ISBN: 1868725219

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Southern African Birdfinder

Where to find 1400 bird species in southern Africa and Madagascar Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode and Jonathan Rossouw 456 pages, 80 col photos, 100 maps, pull-out route map. New Holland Publishers 2006

ISBN: 1868727254

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The Larger Illustrated Sasol Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

Ian Sinclair (Editor); Phil Hockey (Editor); Peter Hayman (Illustrator); Norman Arlott (Illustrator) Paperback - 448 pages New Ed (1997) New Holland Publishers

ISBN: 1770072438

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Useful Information

National parks and game reserves bookings

Bookings aren't available at the park gate, and without one you will be denied entry to the park. Book through Department of Wildlife and National Parks (phone +267 580-774, fax +267 580-775, e-mail dwnpbots@global.bw or dwnp@gov.bw, PO Box 131 Gaborone) in the Government enclave in Gaborone. When booking include the name of the park, the campsites requested, the dates of arrival and departure, the total number of campers and whether they are citizens, residents or visitors to Botswana.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Ecotours

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This truly marvelous birding adventure samples three countries and spectacular, diverse scenery - the coastal Namib Desert (inhabited by desirable, localized endemics) and Namib Escarpment (a whole suite of birds occurring ONLY in Namibia and southern Angola), Etosha National Park, Caprivi Strip and adjacent panhandle of the Okavango Delta. Please contact us for more tours that are run in Botswana.

Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Birding Safaris

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A listing of various safaris for birders…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

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Botswana is without a doubt one of the greatest safari nations in Africa, and while it doesn’t offer any endemic birds, the sheer volume and diversity of birds and wildlife, especially in the Okavango Delta, makes this a thoroughly worthwhile destination.

SafariWise

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SafariWise was founded in Namibia in 1992 and operated in Botswana and Namibia. In 1999 the company spread its wings to South Africa where it trades as SafariWise (South Africa), and also started doing Safaris to Mozambique…

Wilderness Safaris

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Forget big lodges with large numbers of tourists . They are not for anyone who wants to capture the heart and soul of Africa. We learned this from the guests we guided over twenty years ago and it is even more relevant in today`s fast moving and crowded world. When we created Wilderness Safaris in 1983 we had this obsession for privacy ingrained in our philosophy and it is an integral part of our culture today…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2006 [10 October] - Bo Beolens

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This leg was a truly marvellous 2-week multi-nation birding safari. The adventure first sampled one of the richest birding regions in Africa, the Victoria Falls/Caprivi/Okavango region. This is one of the greatest bird (both water birds and woodland species) and mammal havens on earth. The itinerary then took us westwards into increasingly dryer habitats and eventually into the very heart of the Namib Desert with its beautiful, rugged mountains, gravel plains, camelthorn-lined dry riverbeds, dunes and more. The stunning, scenically diverse Namib Desert (which extends into southern Angola) is inhabited by a host of endemic bird species. Finally, this leg ended on the Namib Coast. Here, Namibia’s only true endemic (Dune Lark) displays above sparsely vegetated red sand dunes, the diminutive, endangered Damara Tern reaches its highest densities anywhere, the beautiful Chestnut-banded Plover runs over the sand, and an amazing spectacle of flamingos, pelicans, waders and grebes work the Walvis Bay Lagoon…

2006 [12 December] - Pat & Judy Hayes - Real Birder

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Suffice to say, it was agreed that we would produce an itinerary which Rockjumper would fine tune, cost and return, for our approval. The itinerary was a well tried & tested one, Walvis Bay, Etosha, the Caprivi Strip & the Okavango Panhandle. It soon became apparent that a trip of more than the standard 14 days was required so we opted for 17 days birding with 2 days travelling to and from Namibia.

2007 [07 July] - Lawson's Birding and Wildlife Tours; Namibia & Botswana

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This all-encompassing Namibia and Botswana tour produced and excellent total of 350 bird species considering it was mid-winter with a distinct absence of intra-African and Palearctic migratory species. For me Namibia is a special place - a vast country with spectacular scenery, brimming with endemic birds…

2010 [08 August] - Glen Valentine - with Namibia & Victoria Falls

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…We headed further east along the Golden Highway through the fabled Caprivi towards Botswana and the Okavango Panhandle where the Okavango River spreads out into the sandy Kalahari soils to form the staggeringly expansive floodplain of the Okavango Delta….

2010 [08 August] - Josh Engel & Charley Hesse

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…By the water's edge we saw Little Grebe, Reed Cormorant, African Darter, Striated Heron, Hamerkop, Hadeda Ibis, Red-billed Teal, Southern Pochard, African Pygmy-goose, Blacksmith Lapwing and the seldom seen Allen's Gallinule. Other birds in the grounds themselves were African Harrier Hawk, Little Bee-eater, African Hoopoe, Bradfield's Hornbill, Wattled Starling, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Red- billed Firefinch, Blue Waxbill & Village Indigobird…

2011 [08 August] - Keith Valentine - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia

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The countries of Namibia, Botswana and briefly Zambia played host to an incredible overland adventure that was thoroughly enjoyed in every possible way. The birding and mammal viewing was exceptional throughout and every micro habitat was appreciated as we explored the vast desert flats of the Namib, scoured Etosha for its plentiful game, cruised the rivers and backwaters of the Okavango and, finally, stood in awe of the magnificent Victoria Falls….

2011 [10 October] - Rainer Summers - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia

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Namibia is a great destination for birding and more general nature enthusiasts alike, with its lovely parks and scenery, good infrastructure, and some excellent accommodations! We began our adventure in the capital, Windhoek, before exploring the coast and central Namibia, after which we headed north towards the Caprivi Strip and the verdant, tropical lands of this zone and adjacent northern Botswana and Zambia. We amassed a total of 404 bird and 51 mammal species in the process….

2013 [01 January] - Andreas Viberg

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2013 [03 March] - Neil McLeod - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia

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Naturetrek - Safariwise

2013 [04 April] - Terry Stevenson

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…The final part of our tour took us to two of the very best areas in the Okavango. Firstly at Xaro, where we saw no fewer than four different Pel's Fishing-Owls, and then at Stanley's Camp where birds included Red-billed and Swainson's francolins, Slaty Egret, Dickinson's Kestrel, Small Buttonquail, African Barred Owlet, and Southern Ground-Hornbill…

2013 [09 September] - Charley Hesse & Ken Behrens

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…We were now on our way to Etosha National Park and we had a few stops where we saw Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters, Short-toed Rock-Thrush, Southern Pale Chanting-Goshawk & Monteiro's Hornbill. The highlight of the ride though was a pair of Namaqua Sandgrouse with very cute, fluffy chicks, right by the side of the road. We took a short cut along a gravel road after the town of Kalkfeld which was particularly good for larks and other open country birds. Along here we saw Sabota, Fawn-colored & Stark's Lark as well as Southern Pied Babbler, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Southern Anteater-Chat, Long-billed Pipit and Scaly-feathered Finch….

2013 [10 October] - Andrew Stainthorpe

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The Okavango river was calling and we started the trip westward not before doing a final bit of birding around the woodland’s and the banks of the mighty Zambezi River which paid off as Arnot’s Chat, White-browed Scrub Robin, White-crested Helmetshrike, Bearded and Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Schalow's Turaco, and a flowering Albizia gave us a spectacular display of Sunbirds with Copper, Purple-banded, Scarlet-chested, Amethyst, White-bellied, Marico and Collard Sunbirds all being recorded in one tree, while the stunning Violet-backed and gleaming Greater Blue-eared Starling added some additional colour…

2013 [10 October] - Andrew Stainthorpe

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…After a good night’s rest and an early breakfast we spent some quality time on the Okavango river, and we started off with an amazing sighting of hundreds of egrets both Great White and Little, Squacco and Black Herons as they waited for fleeing fish from the mass of Catfish moving up-river and further up stream under some hanging tree branch’s we found a pair of roosting White-backed Night Heron…

2013 [11 November] - Derek Scott & Steve Braine

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…Next morning before breakfast, we drove north across the barren plains to Okondeka waterhole where we were pleased to find three Ludwig’s Bustards along with large numbers of Namaqua Sandgrouse. Other birds seen on this drive included several Double-banded Coursers, some very obliging Spike-heeled Larks, three Pink-billed Larks, about 10 Stark’s Larks and a Capped Wheatear, while mammals included eight Spotted Hyaenas that had congregated around a kill…

2013 [11 November] - Ralf Jahraus

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This report is based on a 23 days trip to Botswana, including a short side trip to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Places visited were Moremi, Chobe, Nxai Pan, Magadigadi Pan and the Central Kalahari…

2013 [11 November] - Steve Braine - Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls Birding Safari

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Surprisingly for this time of year, the migrants had not arrived in numbers yet, and the country was in the grip of a bad drought. This made birding rather difficult, as no birds were responding to playback. However, we were fortunate to see three of the nightjars, but very few cuckoos. We managed to clean up on all the babblers and bee-eaters and also had luck with a perched Bat Hawk, good views of Lesser Black-backed Gull (a vagrant in southern Africa), and a few other interesting birds…

2014 [03 March] - Terry Stevenson - Namibia & Botswana

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As we touched down in Windhoek for our 2014 Namibia and Botswana tour, we knew things would be different. Instead of a barren semi-arid landscape, we headed towards town with four-foot-high grass all along the roadside. There were similar scenes throughout much of the tour, and far more actual rainfall than we've ever had before…

2014 [04 April] - Birding Africa

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...On this trip we managed to see most of Namibia's endemics and near-endemics and enjoyed some exciting big game viewing in the world-renowned Etosha National Park. Our tour began in the scenically beautiful Erongo Mountains, where we had Roadrunner, Hartlaub's Francolin and Monteiro's Hornbill; then on to Walvis Bay, with its elegant flamingoes and myriad shorebirds. We visited the rocky Spitzkoppe massive and searched for Herero Chat, before a storm overtook us near the Brandberg and we were shocked to find the normally dry Ugab River in flood....

2014 [10 October] - Wayne Jones - Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls V

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We began our tour in Livingstone with a visit to the world-famous Victoria Falls. Two days earlier the mighty wall of water had been reduced to a few white-water spurts thanks to low river levels. But we were in luck – during those 48 hours Angola’s highlands had received a good deal of rain, causing the Zambezi River to swell. This was more like it! The extensive cascade impressed, drenched and deafened us all, living up to its local title of Mosi-Oa-Tunya: The Smoke that Thunders.

2015 [03 March] - Justin Nicolau - Namibia & Okavango Delta

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From the outset, photography was our goal, and so it was expected that the total number of species seen would be lower than on previous trips to these destinations. We still had a very successful birding tour, recording 309 species of birds (including seven that were heard only), 10 species of reptiles, and over 40 species of mammals, including all of the sought after “Big 5”, which consisted of countless black rhinoceros, African elephant, and African buffalo, half a dozen lion sightings, and a male leopard on a kill, which was outshone by a mother cheetah and her cubs attempting to hunt at a waterhole. Most of the country had recently received good

2015 [06 June] - Andy Hurley - Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe

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A list of bird seen is not yet fully sorted, but I have been adding the new ones add and when to my year list I will endeavour to add a complete list at the end of this report.

2015 [08 August] - Geoff Lockwood - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia

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The coastal pre-tour gave us the usual spectacular sightings of thousands of Greater and Lesser flamingos, as well as a number of endemic and near-endemic cormorants, oystercatchers, larks, and chats. For the first time on these pre-tours, we visited the spectacular coastal wetlands at Sandwich Harbour, involving a drive along the shoreline followed by a breathtaking drive back over the dunes. The trip provided the first record of an Augur Buzzard for the Kuiseb Delta, and also great views of displaying Dune Larks, but it will be the drive back along the beach ahead of the rising tide and the roller-coaster ride over the dunes that will be the highlight for most of the group.

2015 [09 September] - Ken Behrens - Namibia & Botswana

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Our Namibia and northern Botswana tour has long been one of our most popular, and for good reason. The Namib escarpment and desert hold a suite of endemic birds that is shared only with adjacent Angola.

2015 [12 December] - Jason Boyce - Okavango & Victoria Falls

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2016 [03 March] - Terry Stevenson - Namibia & Botswana

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After an easy crossing into Botswana, we spent two nights at Xaro Lodge. This small camp is only accessible by boat, and is undoubtedly the best place to look for Pel's Fishing-Owl -- which for many birders is the highlight of a visit to the Okavango. We were not disappointed, with good views our first afternoon, and then a second bird (right in the open!) during a boat trip the following day. Other memorable sightings included Hamerkop, Little Bittern, Slaty Egret, the shy White-backed Night-Heron, African Marsh-Harrier, Allen's Gallinule, Lesser Jacana, African Wood-Owl, White-fronted Bee-eater, Crested Barbet, Retz's Helmetshrike, Chirping Cisticola, and Southern Brown-throated Weaver.

Birding Sites Near Gaborone - Dragan Simic

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Approximately the size of France or Texas and land-locked in the heart of southern Africa, Botswana has about 150 resident birders and about 560 bird species (320 non-passerines and 240 passerines); with more than 500 being regular - as well as 12 globally Important Bird Areas (IBA) covering 130,000 km2 or 25% of the country`s territory…..Dragan Simic reports

Places to Stay

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Cresta Mowana Lodge

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It is easy to see why Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa near the Chobe Game Reserve was named after a baobab tree. This luxury Chobe lodge was built around a majestic 800-year old specimen of Adansonia digitata. Legends about baobabs abound, one being that God uprooted the baobab and flung it to the ground upside down, because it kept walking when He first planted it into Chobe soil…

Mowana Safari Lodge

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A deluxe hotel, the Mowana is the finest safari lodge in the Chobe National Park. This spectacular park is home to over 45,000 elephants. The hotel features early morning game drives and sunset river cruises. Enjoy spectacular river views from your private balcony. Rooms offer all the modern luxuries. Other amenities include air conditioning, airline desk, bar, car parking, conference rooms, direct-dial telephone and free transfer to and from the airport. The hotel offers free game viewing.

Nata Lodge

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Still under construction after 2 years…

Sandibe Safari Lodge

Accommodation

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is set within a private concession of 8 000 hectares (19 800 acres) along the southeastern border of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve within the Okavango Delta….

Organisations

African Bird Club

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With a good tourist infrastructure, friendly people and over 500 regularly occurring species, Botswana offers many opportunities for the birdwatcher. It also contains the Okavango delta, one of the jewels of Africa and home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Birdwatching however, can start in and around the capital, Gaborone.

BirdLife Botswana

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The BirdLife Botswana (former Botswana Bird Club) aims to conserve and protect birds and their habitats. Write at blb@birdlifebotswana.org.bw, or: The Secretary,BirdLife Botswana, Private Bag 003, Suite 348, Mogoditshane, Gaborone, BOTSWANA. Please also contact Guy Brina for Francistown information (gltm@botsnet.bw) and Roger Hawker for Maun Branch information (birdlifetours@dynabyte.bw) or contact BLB (subject: Francistown/Maun Branch).

BirdLife Botswana - Francistown Branch

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Background history etc…

BirdLife Botswana - Gaborone Branch

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Background History & Contacts etc…

BirdLife Botswana - Kasane Branch

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Contact details, meetings, etc…

BirdLife Botswana - Maun Branch

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Contacts, meetings etc…

Kalahari Conservation Society

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Welcome to the home page of the Kalahari Conservation Society. The aims of the KCS are simple but of prime importance to the future of Botswana, to the conservation of the natural heritage, and indeed to the economy…

Reserves

Chobe National Park

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The natural unspoiled environment of the Chobe, makes one to wonder whether there is any other place in the world where the sun rises and sets in its own peculiar way like it does in Chobe region…

Gemsbok National Park

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The Gemsbok National Park in Botswana is the continuation of the Kalahari Gemsbok Park in South Africa, from which is separated by the dry riverbed of the Nossob River. It covers an area of 9000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert. The entrance to the park is at Twee Rivieren…

Mokolodi Nature Reserve

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The Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation was formed in 1991 with the aim of promoting wildlife conservation and environmental education for the children of Botswana. The first project of the Foundation was the creation of the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in 1994 on 30 square km of donated land outside Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. In addition to naturally-occurring animal species such as warthogs, steenbok, kudu and a variety of snakes, several species have been re-introduced e.g. zebra, giraffe, eland, ostrich, hippos and rhinos.

Okavango Delta

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The Okavango Delta is home to a prosperity of wildlife and attracts thousands of visitors a year…

Other Links

Birding Botswana

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Birding Botswana is based in the tourist capital of Botswana – Maun, the gateway to the world-famous Okavango Delta. This specialist birding operation has established itself to meet the needs of birders who want to be professionally informed about the birding possibilities in Botswana…

Checklist

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Southern Africa Birding

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Birding Resources for Southern Africa. This site is about birds and birding in South Africa and the Southern African region, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Zambia. The region`s best birding sites are featured under Birding Spots, together with birding resources under Bird guides, tours and Accommodation. The latest rare bird sightings are posted on our Twitchers Tales page, What`s On highlights major events, and Birding Organisations puts you in touch with other birders and organisations working towards bird conservation.