Africa is the home to some indigenous birds and also supports migratory birds from across the globe. The continent has the ideal climatic conditions for birds to breed in nature. Southern and eastern part of Africa is rich in fauna life and birds in particular. Check out some outstanding destinations for bird watching in Africa. When it comes to bird watching South Africa is the numero uno as it has the ideal landscape, high raising mountains, beaches, forest, water bodies and more. The country has some excellent bird sanctuaries that can be a delight to experience.
Bird watchers who come to South Africa often return to experience more. South Africa is a vast country and it takes a lot of time to get an idea of the varied species available here. It is impossible to complete bird watching in a single trip and many returns for more. Five reserves hold a whole lot of smaller mammals. The Kruger National Park and Zululand game reserves are home to a lot of smaller mammal species. A two-week birding trip can start from Durban and end in Johannesburg.
You can find more than 400 species of birds. Cape Town is another worthwhile destination for bird watching that can add 100-150 bird species to your listing. Here you can find some huge whales among others. South Africa is an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy bird watching. The place can be covered on a self-drive though it would be wise to tie up with birding tour operators. For those who want to see loads of birds and some big mammals Kruger Escarpment is the right destination.
Tanzania is another delightful destination for bird lovers after South Africa. By touring Tanzania, you can experience more than 20 east African endemics. Miombo is an endemic bird of Tanzania. The continent has some interesting species. Some of the famous sites include Great Rift Valley that is known for its flamingo-filled lakes, check out Serengeti for some big cats. Do not forget to visit Kilimanjaro the largest isolated mountains. It stands 19,341 feet above sea level.
Uganda has some amazing collection of bird life that includes Shoebill, Green-breasted Pitta, Albertine Rift endemic among a host of mammal species like Gorillas, Colobus monkeys and more. It is popularly known as “The Pearl of Africa.” Some of the must-visit destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable forest, lake Victoria, Papyrus Swamps where you find Shoebills and Albertine Rift.
Cameroon is in the western part of the African continent. There are hundreds of birds available here, but the terrain is tougher than south or east Africa. Though the accommodation at birding sites is necessary there are facilities to keep you comfortable. The rainforest has made it suitable for varied bird species of Sahelian birds. Visit the Upper Guinea Forest if you are a serious bird watcher. Ghana also has some best in stock birds and traveling here is easy as it is an English speaking country.
Gabon is another West African country that is worth a visit. The place is famous for its Lowland Gorillas, Mandrills and other mammals. There is a diversity of bird species that you cannot find in Ghana and Cameroon. It may be a little pricey, for those who are interested in birds, in general, can visit western African countries. Principe and Sao Tome are two islands that are rich in endemic birds. There are some amazing bird species here that is hard to find in other places.
Namibia is a unique country that is an old desert famous for its red colored huge sand dunes. Here you can find the greatest game parks, the Etosha National Park. Namibia has some unique bird species that is found in no other place than its neighboring Angola. Get into Botswana to get a view of Pel’s fishing owl. Do not forget to see Slaty Egret, an endemic of Botswana. You can find these in Okavango Delta region.