Birds – Kafue NP
With its diversity of habitats, Kafue is Zambia’s best birding destination – more than 480 species have been recorded here. The rivers, wetlands, floodplains and miombo woodland offer a variety of environments for different species. The most sought-after species are the near-endemic black-cheeked lovebird, which is quite easily seen in the south of the park, and Zambia’s only endemic, the elusive Chaplin’s barbet. Migrants are present from November to April.
Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders(E) = endemic to Zambia & (NE) = near-endemic to Zambia
Best Time for Bird Watching
Kafue is a great birding destination year-round. However, the best time is during the wet, summer months, from November to April, when migrants are present. At this time, a lot of birds are in breeding plumage as well. General wildlife viewing is best in the dry months, from July to October.
Best Parks for Birding –Including Birding Rating
North and South Luangwa are excellent for waterbirds and raptors, while Kafue has a great variety of birds. Bangweulu Wetlands is home to the elusive shoebill as well as significant numbers of waterbirds.