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Day 1: Livingstone, Zambia (FB/HL)
The mighty Victoria Falls form the backdrop for our birding in and around Livingstone. Birding along the Zambezi River is particularly rewarding. (Narina Trogon, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Dusky Lark, Taita Falcon, Schalow’s Turaco, African Hobby, Miombo Pied-Barbet, White-crowned Lapwing)
Day 2 & 3: Choma(FB/HL)
We depart Livingstone early to maximise our time in the miombo woodlands around the Choma area. We are on the lookout for Racket-tailed Roller, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle other prominent birds on our way north.
The Choma area is the most reliable area for picking up Zambia’s only true endemic, the Chaplin’s Barbet (now often referred to as Zambian Barbet). We explore the adjoining broadleaved woodland and fig groves from our lodge in the Nkanga River Conservancy area outside of Choma town. (Chaplin’s Barbet, Shelley’s Sunbird, Arnot’s Chat, Miombo Pied Barbet, Miombo Tit, White-breasted Cuckoo-Shrike)
Day 4: Forest Inn (FB/HL)
Our journey takes us further along the Great North road to the Forest Inn which is widely regarded to have the some of the best miombo birding in Zambia. (Black-necked Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Southern Hyliota, Little-spotted Woodpecker, Violet-backed Sunbird, Spotted Creeper, Bohm’s Flycatcher, African broadbill).
Day 5, 6 & 7: Kasanka National Park (FB/HL)
Heading off the beaten track we move further north to the small but wild and beautiful Kasanka National Park. This area is home to a vast number of birds and is also the gateway to the Bangweulu Swamps. (Ross’ Turaco, Bohm’s Bee-eater, Olive Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Half-collared Kingfisher, Western-banded Snake-Eagle, Black-throated Wattle-Eye, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Violet-backed Sunbird.) Our trip is timed to coincide with the arrival of the African Pitta which begins its display at the onset of the first rains.
Day 8 & 9: Shoebill Island (FB/HL)
Although it is a relatively short distance the drive to the Bangweulu is a fairly slow one that takes us past the scenic Lake Waka Waka and some wonderful miombo. At Shoebill Island our focus is of course the bird which lends its name to the island. Vast herds of Black Lechwe also inhabit these swamps. (Shoebill Stork, Wattled Crane (by the hundreds), Blue-Breasted Bee-eater, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Sooty Chat, Swamp Flycatcher, Slaty Egret, Denham’s Bustard, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Locustfinch)
Day 10, 11 & 12: Mutinondo Wilderness (FB/Hl)
Back to dry land we head for the vast Mutinondo Wilderness which is another birding mecca and our last birding hotspot on our safari. (Souza’s Shrike, Rufous-bellied Tit, Bocage’s Akalat, Reichard’s Seedeater, Marsh Widowbird, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Black-backed Barbet, Anchieta’s Barbet, Black-chinned Quailfinch and the main target- Bar-winged Weaver)
Day 13: Safari Ends at Lusaka airport.
Sadly all good things must come to an end. After breakfast you will transfer from the hotel to Lusaka airport where you will have time to browse through your bulging bird lists before heading home.