Birds – Lower Zambezi NP

Alan Murphy
Expert
By Alan Murphy

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and has authored many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Zambia.

Alan is a renowned Africa expert and authored the Lonely Planet guidebook to Zambia.

Alan has authored the Lonely Planet guide to Zambia.

More than 350 bird species have been recorded in the Zambezi Valley, making it a top destination for birders. 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 NP
African jacana
Common
Blacksmith lapwing
Common
Hooded vulture
Common
Southern ground hornbill
Common
Spur-winged goose
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Facts & Figures

Birds in Lower Zambezi NP
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

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.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Lower Zambezi NP
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr