Birds – Lower Zambezi NP

More than 350 bird species have been recorded in the Zambezi Valley, making it a top destination for birders. The variety of activities offered, including boating, walking and night drives, are very favorable to building up a good bird list. The park is particularly rich in resident and migrant waders, which can be found on the riverbanks and sandbanks. The escarpment cliffs are a good place to look for raptors, including the impressive Verreaux’s eagle. One of Africa’s most sought-after birds, the Angola pitta, breeds here and can be found in the Wet season.

Notable Birds in Lower Zambezi
African jacana
Blacksmith lapwing
Hooded vulture
Southern ground hornbill
Spur-winged goose

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African hobby
  • African skimmer
  • African pitta
  • Blue-cheeked bee-eater
  • Crested guineafowl
  • Collared pratincole
  • Lilian's lovebird
  • Meyer’s parrot
  • Narina trogon
  • Osprey
  • Palm-nut vulture
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Pennant-winged nightjar
  • Southern carmine bee-eater
  • Trumpeter hornbill
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • White-fronted plover

Best Time for Bird Watching

Lower Zambezi is an excellent birding destination year-round. However, the best time is in the wet months, from November to April, when migrants swoop in, and many birds are in breeding plumage. The dry months, from May to November, are better for general wildlife viewing. Many lodges are closed during the months of the Wet season.

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.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Lower Zambezi NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr