Birding  Zambia:

Tour Featuring Mwinilunga, Kafue and Southern Province

This is an itinerary for serious world birders wanting to see South-central African endemics, including typically “Congolese” and “Angolan” specials that can also be seen safely in Zambia, along with Zambia’s two endemics

This wonderful 18-day birding adventure, will take you to remote and wonderful areas of Zambia. 8 out of the top 10 special birds from western Zambia are located in the North-West area near Mwinilunga. These include Black-collard Bulbul, Angola LarkBamboo WarblerForbes’s PloverGrimwood’s LongclawBlack-and-rufous SwallowLaura’s Woodland-Warbler, and Margaret’s Batis.

Then we continue on to Choma and Livingstone in the Southern Province of Zambia, to find the 9th Western special, the endemicZambian (Chaplin’s) Barbet, and finally the 10th, the near-endemic –Black-cheeked Lovebird.

The North-west list also includes other specials such as Angola SwallowRed-throated Cliff SwallowWhite Spotted Flufftail(Seasonal), Bannerman’s SunbirdBate’s SunbirdAnchieta’s SunbirdCassin’s Grey Fly-catcherBar-winged Weaver,Bocage’s weaverBlack-tailed Cisticola (Dambo), Black-necked EremomelaRoss’s TuracoSchalow’s TuracoAnchieta’s Barbet, and Black-backed Barbet; and the Kafue River trip near Mpongwe, is the home of Pel’s Fishing Owl, all this to tickle a few tastebuds.

Please note that the detailed itinerary below cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability  of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads or birding sites, and the discretion of the guides and other factors.

OUR TOUR BEGINS :

Day 1 – International flight arrives at Ndola Airport :
Kindly note: Direct Flights into Ndola are Kenya Airways and South African Airways
After collecting your luggage, we depart from Ndola Airport to Chingola on route to Mwinilunga. This is a 2 hour drive through the copperbelt mining region of Zambia.
Accommodation: Hibiscus Guest House – this lovely little guest house is centrally situated in the mining town of Chingola. After settling in, there is an opportunity to bird a local Miombo patch,close bye, for an introduction into “Birding Miombo species”

Day 2:  An early Start to our 8 hour journey of 530 Kilometres to Nkwaji, a wildlife ranch, nestled in the north-west of Zambia, near Mwinilunga, very close to the Angola and Congo borders. This area forms part of the Congo guinean Biome .

Road stops along the way include “Bridge Birding” in search of Red-throated Cliff Swallow, Black Saw-wing, Bamboo Warbler* ( difficult) , and Brown-headed Apalis, and we keep an eye out for Sharp-tailed Starling.

In the most north-west corner of Zambia, Mwinilunga and its surrounds has some extensive Miombo areas, but is heavily settled.
However birding here offers an exciting array of specials.

LuakeraForest (mature Miombo)

A sample Miombo Bird list from the Luakera Forest includes
Spotted Creeper, White-browed Scrub Robin, Grey-backed Camaroptera, African Dusky Flycatcher, Mosque Swallow, Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Black-necked Eremomela, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Groundscraper Thrush, Black Saw-wing, Red-Capped Crombec, Pallid Honeyguide, European Bee-eater, Red-necked Falcon, Grey-headed Parrot, Meyer’s Parrot,  Barred Owlet, Black Cuckoo shrike, Whistling Cisticola, Green-capped Eremomela, Salvadori’s Eremomela, Bar-winged Weaver, Long-tailed Cisticola, Short-tailed Pipit, Red-chested Cuckoo, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, Emerald and Klaa’s Cuckoo.

After arriving at camp, we have the opportunity to explore one of Zambia’s special Habitats. The “Mushitu” or evergreen wetland forest outcrops which surround streams along drainage areas and the adjacent flat open grassland Dambo’s.
Here “specials” abound and some are listed below, others under the day trip headings.

The Mushitu and Dambo specials Bird list includes
Black-collared Bulbul, Angola Lark, , Grimwood’s Longclaw, Bocage’s Weaver, Black-and-rufous Swallow, Laura’s Woodland Warbler, Perrin’s Bush-Shrike, , Bar-Winged Weaver, Bannerman’s Sunbird, Anchieta’s Sunbird, Bates’ Sunbird, Grey-winged Robin Chat, Black-necked Eremomela, Casin’s Fly-catcher, Black-tailed Cisticola (Dambo Cisticola), Bamboo Warbler, Ross’s Turaco, Anchieta’s Barbet, Black-backed Barbet, and Crested Guineafowl, and White-bellied Bustard.

Forbes Plover (Found at Zambezi Rapids only, and arrive late August/early September and rains)
Margaret’s Batis, (In Cryptosepalum Forest South of Mwinilunga)

Cassin’s Camp, Nkwaje:
Accommodation:  Tented – all bathrooms with wonderful hot showers and flush toilets.  Excellent cuisine prepared by chefs under the ambiance of the African night sky.  This is truly a “back to nature experience” to be enjoyed

The camp is situated on the banks of the WestLungaRiver, offering riverine, Mushitu, Miombo, Dambo (vlei) and open plain birding.
Walking is possible with all habitats easily accesable. Combined birding/ game drives on an open Safari vehicle are the norm to hot spots. )

Day 3/4/5/6/7: Mwinilunga – Casin’s Camp:

Activities include:

  • Birding Nkwaji wild life ranch in search of the “specials”
  • Resident in camp is Casin’s Grey Fly-catcherAfrican Finfoot,Black DuckShining Blue KingfisherRosses Turraco,Schalow’s TurracoHoneyguide Greenbul, to name a few.  No doubt you will see amazing SableElandDefassa Waterbuck,Roan (Few),  Lichtensteins HartebeestKuduPukuImpala,ReedbuckBuffalo and Angolan Duiker on your drives while birding.

The camp is situated on the grassland at the bend of the river

 

  • Day trip to Chitunta Plain and the source of the MightyZambeziRiver.The Chitunta Plain, an IBA area, a “treeless water-logged grass plain” part of the Chitunta/Sakeji watershed  is home to African Cuckoo HawkDenham’s BustardAngola LarkBlue-breasted Bee-eaterHartlaub’sBabblerBlack Tailed  Cisticola (Dambo Cisticola), Grimwood’s LongclawRosy-breasted LongclawShort-tailed PipitFulleborn’s longclaw,Stout CisticolaLesser Black-backed CisticolaWing-snapping CisticolaLevaillant’s CisticolaBocage’s WeaverLocust FinchBlack-chinned QuailfinchBlue QuailKurrichane ButtonquailBlack-rumped ButtonquailLittle StintCommon SandpiperGreat SnipeLesser JacanaSharp-tailed Starling,Black-and-Rufous SwallowPearl-breasted SwallowAngola SwallowNatal NightjarSooty ChatRed-throated Wryneck(possible).

Source of Zambezi – exciting Mushitu surrounding the source of the mighty ZambeziRiver, this small spring erupts in the middle of an evergreen forest. Moist conditions with lots of ferns and under growth teaming with butterflies and dragonflies.

As at Nkwaji, here the Bird list includes,

Palm-nut Vulture, Afep Pigeon, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Splendid Glossy Starling, Violet-backed Starling, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Bates’s Sunbird, Coppery Sunbird, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Olive Sunbird, Bannerman’s Sunbird, Violet-backed Sunbird, Many-coloured Bush Shrike, Orange-breasted Bush Shrike, Sousa’s Shrike, Anchieta’s Barbet (possible), Red-capped Robin Chat, Grey-winged Robin, Spotted Creeper, Golden Rumped Tinkerbird, Rufous-bellied Tit, Whit-winged Black Tit, Miombo Grey Tit, Bohm’s Flycatcher, Lead-coloured Flycatcher (Grey-tit / Fan-tailed Flycatcher), Sooty Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Southern Black Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Flycatcher, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Grey Apalis, Buff-throated Apalis, White-chinned Prinia, Whistling Cisticola, Short-winged Cisticola, Long-tailed Neddicky, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Southern Hyliota, Red Capped Crombec, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Black-collared Eremomela, Green-capped Eremomela, Bamboo Warbler, Laura’s Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Canary, Black-eared Seedeater, Striped-breasted Seedeater (Reichard’s), Red-capped Lark, Dark-backed Weaver, Golden-breasted Bunting, Cabani’s Bunting, Common Waxbill, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Black-tailed Grey Waxbill, Blue-billed Fire finch, Orange-winged Pytilia

Source of the ZambeziRiver

Day trip to Hillwood (Nchila Reserve)

Due north and North East of Mwinilunga Town, is Nchila Wildlife Conservation Area (Hillwood Farm). This fascinating area, which is further into the Guineo-CongolianForest zone, is home to a “Big Bird List”, including Central African specials which are not found anywhere else in Zambia due to the particular habitat. Open Dambos & Mushitu are characteristic of the area, with some good Miombo, where annual rainfall exceeds 1250 mls.

Day trip to Zambezi Rapids

During August and September, Forbes’s Plover arrive to breed.  This is another location for Casin’s Grey Flycatcher, alongside various Kingfishers.

Birds in this region include

Marsh Owl, Grass Owl, Palmnut Vulture, Fülleborn’s Longclaw, Rosey-breasted Longclaw, White Bellied Bustard, Denham’s Bustard, Corncrake, African Crake, Great Snipe, Swamp Nightjar, Blue-breasted bee-eater (White-cheeked), Little Bee-eater, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Ross’s Turaco, Angola Lark, Flappet Lark, Red-capped Lark, Angola Lark, Flappet Lark, Red-capped Lark, Grey-winged Robin Chat, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Afep Pigeon, Western Bronze Naped pigeon, Black-collared Bulbul, Bannerman’s Sunbird, Bate’s Sunbird, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Little Grebe, Woolley necked stork, Lanner Falcon, African Wattled Lapwing, Splendid Glossy Starling, Tambourine Dove, Bamboo Warbler, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Spotted Thrush Babbler (rare), Whistling Cisticola, Dambo Cisticola, Stout Cisticola, Broad-tailed warbler, Moustached Grass Warbler, Laura’s Woodland Warbler, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Buff Throated Apalis, White-chinned Prinia, Blue spotted Wood Dove, African Emerald Cuckoo, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Banded Martin, Red-breasted Swallow, Common House Martin, Woodland Pipit, Short-tailed Pipit, Sooty Chat, West African Thrush, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Fawn Breasted Waxbill, Black-tailed Grey Waxbill, Red-backed Mannikin, Black-throated Canary, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Green Malkoha, Fraser’s Rufous Ant-Thrush, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Western Honeyguide, Pallid Honeyguide, Honeyguide Greenbul, Little Greenbul, Cabanis’s Greenbul, White Spotted Flufftail (Wet season only), Red Throated Wryneck, Narina Trogon, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Broadbill, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Red-headed Quelea, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widow-bird, Locust finch, Black-chinned Quailfinch.
Wildlife:
Superb herds of Sable, Roan, Tsessebe, Lichtensteins Hartebeest, Eland , Kudu, Puku, Impala.
Wathog and bushpig are numerous and a rare form of the Dwarf Sitatunga and Angolan Duiker occur here. Also interesting things such as Tree pangolin, Tree Civit and Otter-shrew have been recorded.

Day 8: Early departure to Mwinilunga and then south to the Cryptosepalum Forest:

This three hour journey means a very early departure (0400hrs) with a packed breakfast and lunch, we travel 100km south of Mwinilunga town to a unique, dry, spiny, deciduous forest with thick, un-penetratable under-story. Because of this birding is restricted to dirt roads and tracks. We aim to be on site at 0700hrs.

This is a very interesting ecotone – The Mavunda or The Cryptosepalum Forest on the WestLungaRiver is an extremely thick, short and spiky dry evergreen forest which is characterised by the treeCryptosepalum maraviense, with its own thicket understory. This the home of a few very special birds, such as  Perrin’s (A rare form of Gorgeous) Bush-shrike (common), Margaret’s BatisCrested Guinea Fowl (sub-species kathleenae)Bar-winged weaverRed-capped CrombecPurple-throated Cuckoo shrikeWestern Least Honeyguide.

It is also the place where the only specimen of the Tinkerbird which was found in 1964 (only one ever specimen of The White Chested Tinkerbird Pogoniulus makawi). It is now believed by some to be an aberrant Golden Rumped Tinkerbird, but birders keep up the search.
We return by the same route to Mwinilunga town, where we spend the night at a small guest house on the banks of the WestLungaRiver.

Accommodation : A quaint little guest house, situated on the banks of the West Lunga River, offers  clean, comfortable, air-conditioned, en-suite accommodation and good local “fare” – The fish and chips are a traditional speciality and definitely something to tickle the taste-buds.  The lodge does not have internet facilities or a bar, but allows corkage.

Day 9 / 10: Early departure from Mwinilunga to embark on an 8 hour drive south of Ndola, to Nsobe Lodge:

Nsobe

South of Ndola, Nsobe Game Sanctuary offers exciting Miombo specials in stands of mature Miombo and some Water birds This area gives the opportunity to fill in the gaps in the Miombo bird list Nsobe traces its origins to the Cape to Cairo railway. In 1908 the Steam Engine track was layed through what would become Nsobe Game Camp and Miengwe Farm. Cottage 200 (the ruins of which are on the farm) was built and a man called George Rankin was based there with the task of keeping the trains supplied with water and fuel. This privately owned woodland game ranch, boasts of some lovely little Dams and fish ponds, which attract birds such as the Pel’s Fishing OwlAfrican Fish Eagle, along with wadersibis and variousKingfishers. Wildlife has been re introduced to this Game farm, making this a very special location, and Blue Duiker can be located. Accommodation: Clean and comfortable accommodation in chalets

The Bird list includes

330 plus species, including some exciting specials such as Marabou Stork, Hooded Vulture, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wood owl, African Fish Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Ayres’ Hawk Eagle, Osprey, Dickenson’s Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Blue Quail, Denham’s Bustard, Coqui Francolin, Temminck’s Courser, African Darter, Reed Cormorant, White-Breasted Cormorant, Coppery-Tailed Coucal, White-browed Coucal, African Black Coucal, Hadeda Ibis, Comb Duck, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Blue Spotted Wood Dove, Green Pigeon, Ross’s Turaco, Schalow’s Turaco, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Emerald Cuckoo, Anchieta’s Barbet, Baillon’s Crake, Red-chested Flufftail, Purple Gallinule, Allens’ Gallinule, Lesser Moorhen, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, Painted Snipe, Three-banded Plover, Greenshank, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Woodsandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Broadbilled Sandpiper, Little Stint, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Lake Tern, Pale Billed Hornbill, Giant Kingfisher, Miombo Scrub Robin (Central Bearded), Cabanis’s bunting, Miombo Rock Thrush, Chestnut-backed  Sparrow Weaver, Bar-winged Weaver, Grey-Olive Greenbul, Red –throated Twinspot, Square Tailed Drongo, Arnot’s Chat, Sooty Chat, Little Rush Warbler, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Chirping Cisticola, Pin –tailed Whydah, Brown Fire-finch

 

Day 11 /12 – Early departure to Kafue Lodge:

KAFUE LODGE
North of Lusaka close to Mpongwe, Kafue Lodge, is another birders paradise located on a 2000+ hectare game ranch, with bird and game viewing tracks
wandering through the Dambos and Miombo woodland. All chalets are en-suite. This divine lodge caters for a maximum of sixteen guests, and is situated on the Kafue River. Telephone and Internet is not available
Here the Kafue River flows past Lake Kashiba, in the Machiya-Fungulwe Game Management area, on its way south towards the Kafue National Park.
This lake is an interesting sink hole and Imanda Mushitu is located a few kilometres away. This area is good for Miombo birding, alongside WetEvergreenForest (Mushitu), giving you the opportunity find a good selection of both water birds, Miombo specials and forest birds.

Bird Specials include:

Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Wood Owl, Barred Owl (Ngami race), Scops Owl, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Crowned Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Hooded Vulture, White-backed Vulture, Bateleur, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Black-breasted Snake Eagle, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, African Marsh Harrier, African Goshawk, Little Sparrow Hawk, Lizard Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, African Cuckoo Hawk, Bat Hawk,  Dark Chanting Goshawk, Saddle-Billed Stork, Rufus-Bellied Heron, Yellow Bellied Stork, Wooly-necked Stork, African Finfoot, Reed Cormorant, African Darter, Black Crowned Night Heron, Green-backed Heron,  Grey Heron, Hamerkop, Spur-winged goose, Yellow-billed Duck, Black Crake, African Jacana, Three-banded Plover, Blacksmith Lapwing, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher

African Stonechat, White-winged Black Tit, African Broadbill,  Grey-olive Greenbul, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Little Greenbul,  Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Schalow’s Turaco, Ross’s Turaco,     West African Thrush, Kurrichane Thrush, Amethyst Sunbird,  Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, White-bellied Sunbird, Purple-banded Sunbird, Shelley’ Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird,  Black-collared Barbet, Black-backed Barbet, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Lesser Honeyguide, Eastern Least Honeyguide, Greater Honeyguide,  White-crested Helmet-shrike, Retz’s Helmet-shrike, Eastern Black-headed Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Böhm’s Bee-eater, Bushveld Pipit, Chestnut-backed Sparrow Weaver, Arnott’s Chat, Miombo Tit, Rufus-bellied Tit, Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Splendid Glossy Starling, Bocage’s Akalat, White-browed Robin Chat, Helmeted Guineafowl, African Green Pigeon, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Tambourine Dove, Cinnamon Dove, Namaqua Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Cape Turtle Dove, African Cuckoo, Red Chested Cuckoo, Green Wood-hoopoe, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill,  Pale-billed Hornbill, Narina Trogon, Red-faced Mousebird, Speckled Mousebird,  Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Little–spotted Woodpecker, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Olive Woodpecker, Cape Wagtail, African Pied Wagtail, Plain-backed Pipit, Buffy Pipit,.

Luapula Cisticola, Short-winged Cisticola, Laura’s Warbler, African Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Evergreen Forest Warbler, African Moustached Warbler, Grey Apalis, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Long-billed Crombec, Margaret’s Batis, Böhm’s Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Southern Hyliota, Southern Black Flycatcher, Pale Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Grey Tit Flycatcher, Blue-mantled Flycatcher, African Yellow White-eye, Southern Fiscal, Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Many Coloured Bush Shrike, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black-backed Puffback, Tropical Boubou, Brubru, Marsh Tchagra, Fork-tailed Drongo, Square-tailed Drongo, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, White -breasted Cuckooshrike, Bar-winged Weaver, Yellow-throated Petronia, Red-headed Weaver, Golden Weaver, Village Weaver, Chestnut Mantled Sparrow-Weaver, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-collared Widowbird, Black-winged Bishop, Black tailed Grey Waxbill, Red-throated Twinspot, Blue-billed Firefinch, Red-billed Firefinch, Bronze Mannikin,  Red-backed Mannikin, Magpie Mannikin, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Zebra Waxbill, Black-eared Seedeater, Bully Canary, Yellow-fronted Canary, Golden-breasted Bunting

Animals
There are currently over ten species of antelope including Sable, Eland; Kudu and The Plains Zebra.

Early start to Masuku Lodge (Nkanga River Conservation Area, Choma in southern Zambia) aproximate 8 hour drive

Accommodation : Quaint en-suite cottages

This is the best site for Zambia`s endemic, The Zambian Barbet (Chaplin’s).

 

Masuku Lodge is set in the beautiful, unspoilt bush of Nkanga River Conservation Area (NRCA). It overlooks a lake and is surrounded by miombo, dambo and thicket. This wide range of habitats supports a high diversity of bird and animal life. NRCA is one of Southern Africa’s most important bird areas and is an excellent place to see Zambia’s only endemic bird, the Chaplin’s Barbet

Cattle ranching is the principle activity here, and provides an interesting birding variation, in one of Zambia’s oldest commercial farming districts.

The bird list includes

Crowned Eagle, 6 species of francolin, Streaky-breasted Flufftail, Sooty Chat, Miombo Pied Barbet, White-winged Black Tit, Green Indigobird, Narina Trogon, African Broadbill, Shelley`s Sunbird .

African Goshawk, Purple heron, Red-Capped Robin, Narina Trogon, Didric Cuckoo, Senegal Coucal, Trumpeter Hornbill, Red-breasted Swallow , House Martin, Arnot’s Chat, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Yellow-mantled Whydah and Cabanis’s Bunting. Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin, Red-Capped Robin, Jameson’s Fire Finch, Melba Finch, Red-throated Twinspot, Long-tailed Paradise Widow. Red-throated Twinspots, Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin, African Goshawk  Miombo Pied Barbet, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Southern Hyliota, Grey Penduline Tit, Broad-Tailed Paradise Widow and Black-eared Seed-eater. Melba Finch Orange-Winged Pytilia. Senegal Kingfisher Coppery Sunbird Rufous-naped Lark (Flappet Lark, Sooty Chat, Croaking Cisticola Red-billed Quelea  Little Grebe, Common Squacco Heron, White-backed Duck, African Pygmy Goose, African Marsh Harrier (very rare here now), Eastern Red-footed Falcon, African Jacana and Lesser Jacana. Green-backed Heron, Hamerkop, Water Dikkop, European Grey Cuckoo, Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Crowned Hornbill, Greater Honeyguide, Miombo Grey Tit, Red Bishop and Dusky Indigobird.

You will see zebra, kudu, sable and bushbuck, amongst many other animals that live in the thicket and miombo. If you are really lucky, you might see the shy aardvark and leopard.

Day 16 /17:
Departure after breakfast to Livingstone – Vist the beautiful Victoria Falls visit on route,followed by a stunning opportunity to participate in a  “Birding sunset cruise” on the Upper Zambezi river in search ofAfrican Finfoot and Bathawk.

Accommodation : Waterberry Lodge

This is a lovely upmarket lodge situated on the banks of the Upper Zambezi, with good birding habitat and short walks, overlooking a game park on the opposite bank.

Day trip to the Machile area (IBA) to see the Black-cheeked Lovebird. An early departure with packed breakfast and Lunch for a full days outing to a remote area of MopaneForest. This provides an opportunity to pick up a number of dry land birds species.

Day 18 :
Marks the end of the tour with a possible opportunity to bird the gorges prior to departure from Zambia from Livingstone Airport (British Airways and South African Airways) via Johannesburg, with possible opportunity to “Bird the Gorges”  – times and flights permitting. (most flights leave at lunch time).  Here we search forBlack EagleAugur BuzzardPergrine FalconTaita Falcon(possible), Swifts and Martin’s.