Birds – Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has over 650 bird species and is an excellent birding destination. The country has no endemic birds unique to the country, but several near-endemics (occurring in Zimbabwe and its neighboring countries only) can be found in the globally important Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains Endemic Bird Area (EBA). The high standard of guiding in Zimbabwe’s National Parks, and the many opportunities for walking safaris, make Zimbabwe a particularly rewarding birding destination. Migratory birds are present from November to April, and the general number of birds is phenomenal.
Endemic & Near-Endemic Birds(E) endemic = only lives in Zimbabwe
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
Other Birding Specials– Treats for Avid Birders
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
Zimbabwe offers the best bird watching in the Wet season from November to April. At this time, migratory birds are present, and all species are in full breeding plumage. The scenery is lush and at it most beautiful, but this isn't the best time for general wildlife viewing.
Best Parks for Birding –Includes Birding Rating
The Eastern Highlands, including Nyanga NP, is a well-known birding hotspot. Hwange has over 420 species recorded, and the parks in the Zambezi valley have rich birdlife as well.
- Hwange NP
- Mana Pools NP
- Matobo NP
- Nyanga NP
- Zambezi NP