You cannot safari in Botswana without noticing how brilliant the bird life is. The Northern parts of the country, especially along the Chobe River, are recognized as especially rich in bird life – both for species diversity and sheer numbers. About 450 species have been recorded in the Chobe and Okavango regions, with a total count of 580 for the whole of Botswana.
Let it be said, there is no “bad” time of year to bird in Botswana, but there certainly is a “best” time. November through to March are our summer months, when summer migratory birds visit Botswana – some even to breed. Specialist birders should plan to visit during this time. WLS offers specialist birding tours with regional birding experts, so do specify when you book if you want to focus primarily on looking for and recording sightings of birds. It is however recognized that some keen birders also want to combine other aspects of the wilderness with general birding – this is easily arranged and our guides are very capable birders.
We have safari boats, safari vehicles, portable hides and specialists guides available for all levels of interest. Indeed, to get the most out of a birding safari here, you should book a specialist birder-naturalist to accompany you!
If you would like a specialist bird photography safari, please ask us for ideas.
For inspiration, do browse through some of the bird images below.
Read our BOTSWANA BIRDING GUIDE HERE