​Birds – Chobe NP

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the Botswana & Namibia guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the Botswana & Namibia Lonely Planet guide.

Chobe National Park is a great birding destination – more than 450 species have been recorded. Boat trips on the river are excellent for checking off many waders and other water-associated birds. As they have become very habituated to boats, bird photography is very rewarding here. A highlight on the river trips is the African fish eagle whose iconic call will stay with you forever. African skimmers gather on the sandbanks and flocks fly over the river, occasionally dipping in the water to feed.

Notable Birds in Chobe NP
African fish eagle
Common
African skimmer
Common
Long-toed lapwing
Common
African spoonbill
Common
Squacco heron
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Facts & Figures

Birds in Chobe NP
Bird Species
450+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Chobe is a great park for bird watching throughout the year, but the best months are from November to April. This is when migrants swoop into the park. Also, during these months a lot of birds are breeding, and large colonies of waterbirds can be found nesting on the sandbanks in the river. The best time for mammals, however, is in the dry months from May to October.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Chobe NP
Bird Species
450+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr