Zambia Bird Watching & Game Viewing Treat

Travel Suggestions for Bird Enthusiasts & Safari Seekers!

Zambia has it all: incredible wildlife, dazzling scenery, and is home to some of the most notorious holiday destinations in the entire world! From the unique and splendid Victoria Falls, to a few of the finest safari holidays such as South Luangwa National Park, Lake Kariba and Kafue; by choosing this trip you are for sure about to embark on an adventure to be cherished for the rest of your life!

With an estimated 740 bird species, the country is simply a Garden of Eden for bird lovers! The vast combination of miombo woodland, grassy dambos, forests and wetlands is ideal terrain, which guarantees excellent birding opportunities throughout the year. In fact, Zambia is believed to have one of the highest species-rich bird concentrations on the African continent!

In this 11 day Safari and Bird Watching Extraordinaire Combo you will travel across the country and be privileged enough to encounter a rich diversity of wildlife. Expect to see lions, elephants, buffalo, zebra, Red lechwe…and so much more!

Are you ready for the time of your life?! Zambia here we come…

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Lusaka International and transfer to Chaminuka Game Reserve Lodge, just outside the city. After a delicious light meal lunch, you have the choice between two activities: an afternoon around the reserve (which offers game drives, bush walks and horseback safaris), OR a trip to Kalimba Crocodile Farm. Either way, expect to see lots of birds and wildlife (Chaminuka has over 300 species of birdlife), or huge numbers of hungry crocs!:)

Day 2: Breakfast at Chaminuka and drive to Lower Zambezi National Park, opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe. Stay at Sausage Tree Camp & canoeing in the afternoon. Incredible photo opportunities for birds, and thrilling close encounters with hippos, crocodiles, and thirsty animals along the river bank! Birds of Interest: Trumpeter hornbill, Meyer’s parrot, Lilian’s lovebird and Narina Trogon!

Day 3: Early game drive and transfer to the shores of Lake Kariba. Afternoon Sundowner Cruise around the lake, beverages and light snacks included. Overnight at Spurwing Island (Zimbabwe). Bird Must Sees: Spurwing Geese of course, the majestic Fish-Eagle, the African Darter, and the Gymnogene (African Harrier-Hawk). Also be on the lookout for the abundant wildlife of the area where elephants, masses of hippos, crocs, buffalo and waterbuck are kings!

Day 4: Morning game drive in the Matusadona National Park, and continuation of the journey down south to reach “The Smoke That Thunders”: Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders! Visit of the falls and accommodation at The Royal Livingstone Hotel (5 Star British Old Style; been there, simply extraordinary), known as the “grand old lady of the Falls!” Breathtaking view of the Vic Falls, and private trail only 10 minutes away from the heavenly site. Make sure you have your raincoats ready as it will most likely be a “wet” experience!;)

Day 5: Wake-up call at 6am for a short visit of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, ideal for rhino sightings. After a typical “bacon and eggs” breakfast you will be heading for Zambia’s oldest and largest national park: Kafue! Truly a bird watchers paradise, with approximately 481 species ranging from aquatic birds to land specimens.

Accommodation at Hippo Lodge, in thatched chalets or rustic safari tents overlooking the Kafue River. Extraordinary game viewing in the Busanga plains, which flourish with red lechwe, puku, the solitary and rare sitatunga, roan and sable antelope, zebra and dozens of other fascinating animals. Cat species such as lion and cheetah are also quite common! Interesting Bird Species: the endangered wattled crane, the Fulleborn’s longclaw, African finfoot, Pels fishing owl, Bohms bee-eater and half-collared kingfisher.

Day 6: Full day inside Kafue National Park. Birding safari and river cruise included in the program. Game drives and walking safaris are also a possibility. Fancy a rejuvenating hot spring dip in a unique sand bottomed Jacuzzi? Anything is possible at Hippo Lodge! Your wish is our command!!!

Day 7: Game drive until 9 am, breakfast at Hippo Lodge and departure for Lochinvar National Park. Lochinvar has outstanding birding prospects, with over 420 recorded bird species in a little more than 428 square kilometers! That’s almost one bird species per kilometer square!

Overnight at The Lechwe Plains Tented Camp. Excursion highlights include a unique mokoro (dugout canoe) outing, questing for Kafue lechwe and sitatungas! Watch Out Birds: pink backed and white pelicans, African skimmer, Baillon’s crake, osprey, secretary bird, etc.

Day 8: Early departure by charter flight to the Bangweulu Swamps in the northern region of the country! The area is home to the endemic Black lechwe and is one of the last refuges of the amazing Shoebill, a very large stork-like bird. Your stay for the night will be Shoebill Island Camp, which offers a panoramic view of the floodplain!

Days 9, 10 & 11: Last but not least, our final destination sends you to my favorite Zambia safari destination: South Luangwa National Park! By fact, many experts view it as one of the top wildlife game sanctuaries in the world!

Accommodation at the luxurious Mfuwe Lodge! Each chalet has its own en-suite bathroom, and a splendid deck overlooking one of the lagoons. The lodge also has an open boma for special dinner nights, and a campfire area for late and chilly evening chats under the starlit African skies!

Typical birds of the area: yellow and saddle billed storks, open billed storks, black headed herons, ground hornbills, hammerkops and carmine bee-eaters!

Activities:

– Upon arrival: Light lunch, afternoon nap and night game drive. The Luangwa Valley is well-known for its remarkable and busy animal life after dark. Keep your eyes open for unusual species such as African civets, genets, porcupines and bushbabies! Also of interest are foraging hippos, hyenas and leopards (awesome area for these elusive cats)!

– Day 10: Early game drive, copious breakfast and walking safari around the lodge area. A second night drive is encouraged, although it is up to you really!

– Day 11: Packing up and en route for Lusaka International Airport!

How Wild Bird Feeders Are Made to Ensure Bird’s Safety – Part 1

Wild bird feeders are containers used to feed wild, migratory birds. The same may be said of individuals who feed such birds. Those settings in which the birds are fed could also be referred to by the same term. Manufacturers use caution while making bird feeders, as they are also meant to guarantee the safety of avian visitors and to protect the food as well.

To begin with, bird feeders are organized into different categories, depending on important factors; one being the protection of the food from squirrels. The frequency at which squirrels gain access to the wild bird seed has resulted in many squirrel proof feeders being manufactured that have rendered their interference obsolete.

To solve this problem, some bird lovers have simply opted to get separate squirrel feeders. Apart from the threat posed by squirrels, another element that is important is the positioning. It is with such a concern in mind that the wild bird feeder designs and styles are all geared towards giving the bird an easy time while feeding. In any case, it is only when it is properly positioned that the bird can get the best out of it.

Many people feed the wild birds for different reasons. For some there is joy in watching the different species of birds congregate. Further, bird houses may also be exquisitely set up; not just wild bird feeders. It is not just seeing them feed that thrills the onlooker.

It is actually all of the activity and behaviors during the feeding process that is of great interest, as well as the striking beauty of some species. Setting up a feeder will almost guarantee that you will spot some birds before the day is done. Given that the intricacies involved in making a bird feeder are many, it is almost a given that the price of a feeder will be, on average, slightly high.

An advantage of setting up a feeder is that there will be more than one bird at a time feasting on the food. In fact, during certain times it is possible that an entire flock will descend on a feeder with the solitary aim of devouring the entire stock of food present.

Several measures need to be employed to ensure that the birds feed successfully. For one, the wild bird feeders must be made in such a manner that they defy any kind of weather. Anyone wishing to see all the birds feeding at the same time is encouraged to make use of a circular bird feeder. To further enhance their survival, cleanliness must not only be observed but also assured, as well as making sure that an abundant supply of wild bird food is available.

Have Fun Bird Watching

Bird spotting can be an entertaining and interesting pastime that’s expanding in acceptance. Not only is it possible to watch magnificent birds, but an individual can also enjoy the wonder of the outdoors and loosen up in the clean air. Taking enough time to watch birds in flight or in their nesting habits can certainly be a good way to escape the problems of the planet for a short time and simply encounter nature.

Since birds require drinking water and foods at regular times, it will pay you to be able to offer these facilities in your back garden in order that they will visit to eat on them. You might need some sort of water fountain as well as a bird bath to entice birds towards your yard. You should make certain that the bird bath is placed in an open position in your own lawn so that you may indulge in your current bird watching activities without any kind of visual impediment.

Many individuals observe numerous varieties of bird day after day, but usually do not give it very much thought. Bird watching is a fantastic exercise which makes it possible for people to get in touch with mother nature while getting a little bit of fresh air and exercise. In the event you haven’t regarded this kind of fantastic pastime before, take a look for the cause, you ought to try out bird watching.

One of many most significant items which a new bird watcher requires is a field guide for his or her region. These guides can supply pics of the different kinds of bird they are able to expect to see as well as guidelines for distinguishing them in the outdoors. There are actually even field guides available only for children so the entire family gets involved with the enjoyment.

Binoculars are usually the most necessary bit of equipment for birding. You never have to break the bank purchasing a pair, but you can need to get some which could tackle the weather as well as the terrain wherever you may be.

In case you need to actively grow bird watching like an activity then it is possible to start off by bird spotting in the garden itself. However, instead of looking forward to a missing solitary bird to land in your garden, you may attract various types of birds at one time through laying out a bird buffet, formulated with their kind of food along with water inside your backyard.

Though it may well not seem just like it at first, this specific hobby could essentially be a very enjoyable social hobby. Numerous communities attract bird watching clubs so citizens can look at regional birds while interacting with new folks. Members may embark on outings with each other along with sharing ideas for the very best locations to be able to identify birds along with the ideal gear to spot them with.

Perhaps on the list of best points about birding is the fact that it could be done anywhere at almost any moment. A person who loves bird spotting in your own home may take this activity with all of them wherever they go. They can also start organizing family trips influenced by wherever they could see the best exciting and wonderful birds that usually do not reside in their home location.