Birds – South Luangwa NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip has travelled through Zambia several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zambia expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zambia expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

The birdlife in South Luangwa is phenomenal. More than 400 species have been recorded. Migratory colonies of southern carmine bee-eaters nesting on the banks of the river are a must-see if you are here around August and September. Pelicans and yellow-billed storks gather in the last puddles of water in the Dry season to scoop out the fish, and grey crowned cranes can sometimes be found in flocks of up to 300. Owls and nightjars are often spotted on night drives.

Notable Birds in South Luangwa NP
African skimmer
Rare migrant
Great white pelican
Common
Little bee-eater
Common
Southern carmine bee-eater
Common migrant
Verreaux's eagle owl
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Facts & Figures

Birds in South Luangwa NP
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birders will enjoy South Luangwa throughout the year – it’s wonderful for a variety of feathered treats. For those wanting to take advantage of the best bird-watching conditions, plan your trip in the wet months (from November to April). Migrants have settled in at this time, and a lot of birds are in breeding plumage.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in South Luangwa NP
Bird Species
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr