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Botswana

Birds

Botswana is not only big wildlife country but a birding paradise. Between September and March, when the Delta is flush with water, you should be able to train the lenses of your binoculars on any number of Botswana’s 550 species including the Delta’s famous African skimmers, the endangered wattled crane, slaty egrets, African jacanas, bee-eaters, lilac-breasted rollers, pygmy geese and the shy Pel’s fishing owl. You can still see many bird species in the dry season when it’s often easier to spot them around the few remaining water sources.

Most of Botswana’s birding is concentrated in the north of the country around the Okavango Delta, the Chobe Riverfront, the Nata Bird Sanctuary and the Limpopo River. However, another top spot is the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks which are covered in a sea of pink flamingos, and other migratory birds, at certain times of the year.

Inevitably, the birdlife in Botswana is under threat from overgrazing, urban sprawl and insecticides which are used to tackle the scourge of tsetse flies that sometimes plague the delta.