Short Safaris (1-3 Days)
Our full-day birding trips include lunch, snacks and drinks. On the half-days, we carry snacks and tea/ coffee for a mid-morning break. 2 and 3-day trips include all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
½ DAY LUSAKA BIRDING (VIEW RECENT TRIP REPORT)
We spend a morning in the most productive birding areas skirting Lusaka, concentrating mainly on the Miombo woodland habitat. Our regular sightings include: Miombo Rock Thrush, Souza’s Shrike, Southern and Yellow-breasted Hyliotas, Spotted Creeper, Miombo Pied Barbet, Miombo and Rufous-bellied Tits, Stierling’s Wren-warbler (Miombo Barred Warbler), Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Red-capped Crombec and Pale-billed Hornbill.
ZAMBIAN BARBET DAY-TRIP (VIEW RECENT TRIP REPORT)
This one-day birding trip will take us north of Lusaka into the farmlands of central Zambia, where the open parklands dotted with fig trees harbour the Zambian Barbet, our one true endemic. Agricultural fields and dams, with associated wetlands, are major features of the landscape which often combine to take our lists of sightings well over the 100 mark. A typical collection would include Mosque and Red-breasted Swallows, Red-necked Falcon, Long-crested Eagle, Lizard Buzzard, assorted lapwings and bee-eaters, Rufous-bellied and other herons, and a variety of widowbirds such as the Red-shouldered and Yellow-mantled. There are patches of unspoilt Miombo woodland which offer specialties like the Racket-tailed Roller, Arnott’s Chat, Pale-billed Hornbill, Spotted Creeper, Yellowbellied and Southern Hyliotas, Red-capped Crombec, Rufous-bellied and Miombo Tits.
ZAMBEZI VALLEY 2-DAY BIRDING TRIP
We head South from Lusaka and down the Zambezi Escarpment in the direction of Kariba Dam. For most of the year, we are able to walk down seasonal streambeds which give us a pleasant, shady transect into rich deciduous thickets which harbour resident Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Eastern Bearded Scrub-robin, Yellow-throated Nicator, Wood Owl, Sombre Greenbul, Bat-like (Bohm’s) and Mottled Spinetails. Seasonally present are Icterine and River Warblers, Narina Trogon, Long-tailed Barred Cuckoo, Emerald and Klaas’s Cuckoos and Red-capped Robin. Another spot we regularly use, near a hot spring, often yields Racket-tailed Roller, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Variable/ Dusky Indigobird and Red-backed Mannikin. Birds of the Acacia and Mopane Woodlands, which we traverse, include Southern Red-billed Hornbill, Three-banded Courser and Burnt-necked Eremomella.
Accommodation: Camping 1 Night
LOCHINVAR NP 3-DAY BIRDING TRIP
This small, fascinating park is 250 km by road along the road going west from Lusaka to Livingstone. Its highlights include the thickly vegetated Gwisho Hot Springs, the expansive Chunga Lake and the vast northeastern Floodplains. Lochinvar has a substantial population of Buffalo, Zebra, Reedbuck and the Kafue Lechwe – an antelope found nowhere else in the world. Serval and other small predators often turn up on night-drives, as well as the kangaroo-like spring-hare. Secretary Bird, Southern Crowned Crane, African Quailfinch and Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark are found on the drier plains; Spur-winged Goose, Fish Eagle, Wattled Crane, Great White Pelican, Long-toed Lapwing and a variety of waders inhabit the wetlands. The Zambian Barbet can be found on the edge of the Park.
Close to the Lochinvar is Moorings Camp Near Monze Town. This spot has numerous thicket species like African Broadbill, Red-throated Twinspot, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, White-browed Robin-chat and Green-winged Pytilia. There is also a colony of dwarf mongooses which is often seen on the grounds.
Accommodation: Camping 2 Nights