Birds – Okavango Delta

Anthony Ham
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.

More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the delta. With a constant water presence, this is a prime birding destination, especially for waders and other water-loving species. Birding tends to be productive because walking is one of the main activities in the delta, and the guides are knowledgeable. Sliding through the channels in a mokoro (dugout canoe) is a great way to get close to many species, such as malachite kingfisher and African jacana.

Notable Birds in Okavango Delta
African fish eagle
African green pigeon
Saddle-billed stork

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Best Time for Bird Watching

The Okavango Delta is excellent for bird watching throughout the year, but the ideal time is in the Wet season, from November to April, when summer migrants swoop into the delta. April might be the best compromise, as from January to March many areas become inaccessible. Otherwise, it is essential to choose your lodge within the delta carefully. Wildlife viewing is better during the dry months from July to October.

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Birds in Okavango Delta
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Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr