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The verdant waterways of Botswana’s Okavango Delta offer arguably the ultimate bird watching safari in Africa. As the summer rains arrive in November (and carry on through to April) vast swathes of birds migrate across from the rest of Africa and even the Northern Hemisphere to the lush landscapes of the Delta.
With over 500 regularly occurring bird species, Botswana offers some of the most exciting bird watching in Africa (the scenery's pretty easy on the eyes too). Birds from the heron to the lark family are present in healthy numbers, and keen bird watchers will be pleased to hear that the slaty egret, wattled crane and lesser jacana can all be found in the Okavango Delta… the prolific Big Five game are an added bonus as well!
When it comes to deciding where to stay location is obviously key and we know the best camps to visit. We can also recommend mobile operators and guides to ensure your bird watching safari is the trip of a lifetime. There is also a wonderful variety of safari experiences to be had, from game vehicle to walking, mokoro canoe and power-boat safaris.
The good news for avid twitchers is that, due to the best time for birding safaris in Botswana being during the rainy season, it is slightly easier on the wallet, making this notoriously pricey destination much more accessible.
While the Okavango Delta may be the jewel in the crown, there are other areas that can be combined with this for a really varied Botswana bird watching safari, such as Chobe National Park and even the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans which flood during these months and teem with flamingos.