Travel Tip Of The Day: Where To Go Bird Watching In Botswana

With close to 600 bird species, Botswana offers some of Africa’s best spots to go bird watching.

Most visitors to Botswana will want to go straight to Chobe National Park in the northeast of the country.

Some of the birds found here include egrets, herons, half-collared kingfishers, eastern bearded robins and trumpeter hornbills.

To get there, visitors can enter Chobe near the village of Kasane, but from there on out, a 4×4 vehicle is required to travel on the roads.

Due west of Chobe National Park in the northwest of the country is the Okavango Delta — where the the Okavango River spreads out into one of the largest inland deltas in the world.

You’ll fine plenty of birds here as well, and the area is known for being home to long-crested eagles, Southern carmine bee-eaters, swamp boubous and bat hawks.

In order to get there, most visitors enter through the town of Maun. Some parts of the delta are reachable by car, but you should consider using a 4×4 or even booking a light aircraft to get you there.

Another great spot for viewing bird life in Botswana is the Makgadikgadi Pans located south of Chobe National Park.

The area is most famous for its flamingos, but visitors will also be able to see red-necked falcons, white pelicans and ground hornbills, among others.

And if one of these areas doesn’t suit you, the Kalahari covers almost the entire country with plenty of bird life to be found almost anywhere you go.

Here are some great companies that specialize in bird safaris in Botswana:

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