Birds – Linyanti

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

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

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

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Botswana.

Birding is outstanding in Linyanti, offering both Okavango specials, such as slaty egret and wattled crane, as well as the drier mopane woodland species, such as white-headed black chat, racket-tailed roller and coqui francolin. The Savute Channel, which lies partially within the concession, is famous for its high concentration of birds of prey, and this area is internationally recognized as an IBA (Important Bird Area). Night drives offer an opportunity to spot nocturnal species like owls, coursers and nightjars.

Notable Birds in Linyanti
African skimmer
Kori bustard
Secretary bird
Slaty egret

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African skimmer
  • Allen's gallinule
  • Bennett’s woodpecker
  • Bradfield’s hornbill
  • Coqui francolin
  • Dickinson’s kestrel
  • Hartlaub's babbler
  • Racket-tailed roller
  • Southern carmine bee-eater
  • Southern ground hornbill
  • Swallow-tailed bee-eater
  • Wattled crane
  • White-breasted cuckoo-shrike
  • White-headed black chat

Best Time for Bird Watching

Linyanti Concession offers great bird watching any time of the year, but the best time is in the Wet season (November to April) when summer migrants are found in the concession. Many of the raptors are resident and can be seen throughout the year. Wildlife viewing is at its best in the dry months, from July to October.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

Birdlife is especially rich in the northern parks, where permanent water is present. The other semi-arid parks still offer reasonable birding and the opportunity to see dry-country specials.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Linyanti
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr