​Birds – South Luangwa NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled 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 National Park is phenomenal. More than 400 species have been recorded. Migratory colonies of southern carmine bee-eaters nesting in holes in the riverbank are a must-see in 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
Grey crowned crane
Common
Lilian's lovebird
Common
Saddle-billed stork
Common
Southern carmine bee-eater
Common migrant
White-browed sparrow weaver
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 thanks to its wide variety of species. Dedicated birders looking for the best bird-watching conditions might want to plan their trip in the Wet season (from November to April). Migrants have settled in at this time, and a lot of birds are in breeding plumage. General wildlife viewing is best from July to October.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

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