Zambian Barbet Day-Trip (March 13, 2018)

Zambian Barbet Day-trip 13 March 2018 It was my privilege to take Bob, from Georgia USA, on his first African birding trip. I picked him up from his hotel and took a route out of town which saw us, almost immediately, bumping along the pitted, puddled, rutted dirt tracks for which the continent is justly…

Half-Day Birding Lusaka (March 11, 2018)

Madeeha was working at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka and was very keen to get out into the countryside over the weekend. After doing the full-day Zambian Barbet Tour on Saturday, we took a half-day trip into the woodlands just outside town on Sunday. Bird activity began the moment we turned off the main…

Half-Day Lusaka Birding (July 2015)

I took one guest, Kristy, our for a morning birding in the miombo woodlands in the Lusaka vicinity. We started from her hotel at six in the morning and got into prime woodland just as the winter sun was rousing the denizens. For a while it was enough to stand and listen to the dawn…

Northern Birding Safari (March 2016)

Day 1 This safari began in rather moist, March weather. Our first bit of birding was East of Lusaka, on the afternoon of my five guests arrival. Under the wet, blustery conditions, I was surprised at the amount that we did see, even if it was not nearly as good as this spot has been in the past. There were…

10-Day Northern Bat Safari (December 2014)

My last safari of 2014 began on 13 Dec, in Lusaka, and included ten days of travel through Northern Zambia. The focus of the tour was the huge concentration of fruit bats in Kasanka National Park, which was to be covered first-off, to be followed by some general exploration. My two guests were Andrew and…

Zambia (October 12-18, 2014)

Dick and I looked for a destination for a short birding trip. KLM, the company Dick is working for, is still flying to Lusaka, but they will end it by the end of October. This was the main reason for choosing Zambia as our destination. We contacted Leslie, owner of Lapwing Safari to organize a…

Two-Night Safari – Lochinvar NP (September 13-15, 2013)

This was a one-man safari with Joe, a long-standing client and friend from Lusaka. A birder, Joe was keen to push his world list to the 1000 mark. Our main targets in Lochinvar included the Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, African Quailfinch Three-banded Courser and, above all, to have a good relaxed weekend in the bush. Lochinvar is…

Ten-Day Tour: Kafue NP & Bat Migration (November 1-10, 2012)

In November 2012, I traveled with Jon and Keith, from the States, around Kafue NP and then up north to Kasanka to witness the famous bat migration. Jon and Keith are old friends with broad interests, so the focus of the trip was general with a moderate emphasis on birding. Kafue is only 150km from…

Kasanka Walking Safari (August 2011)

A Fly-camping Safari in Kasanka National Park provides a bewitching brew of space, verdancy, abundance, deep silence and occasional melodrama that proves completely absorbing when you step into it. In August of 2011, I walked across the Park with two couples: Bart, Katje,Walter and Lieve from Belgium. The model, which I worked on with Cornelie…

One-Day Safari – Blue Lagoon NP (July 29, 2011)

Blue Lagoon National Park lies to the west of Lusaka after a two-hour drive over reasonably good roads. It has been a favourite jaunt in the past and I have, occasionally, had the pleasure of leading day-trips there. On this occasion, my clients were a group of eleven Croatian science students. Blue Lagoon covers a…