Eastern Highlands

Honde Valley, Bvumba, Chimanimani: 6 birding days

Focus: Miombo and Montane birds
Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands offers a wide range of birds, many restricted to the area and adjacent Mozambique.  Habitats vary from miombo woodlands to montane forests, grasslands, gorges and waterfalls and are largely mountainous and scenic.  With over 450 species, including 23 Afrotropical Highland biome birds, there is a lot to see.

Target Birds
Miombo specials including Whyte’s Barbet, Green-backed Honeybird, Wood Pipit, Striped Pipit, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Boulder Chat, Miombo Rock-thrush, Collared Flycatcher (in season), Stierling’s Wren-warbler, Southern Hyliota, Green-capped Eremomela, Red-faced Crombec, Miombo Tit, African Spotted Creeper, Western Violet-backed Sunbird, Miombo Double-collared Sunbird, Miombo Blue-eared Starling and Black-eared Seedeater.

Eastern highland specials and near-endemics in montane and miombo including African Olive-pigeon, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Lemon Dove, Scarce Swift, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Palm-nut Vulture, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, White-eared Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Pallid Honeyguide, Green-backed Woodpecker, Grey Cuckooshrike, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Orange Ground-thrush, White-starred Robin, Swynnerton’s Robin, Pale Batis, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Red-winged Warbler, Chirinda Apalis, Roberts’s Warbler, Broad-tailed Warbler, Barratt’s Warbler, Moustached Grass-warbler, Cape Grassbird, Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler, Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Olive Sunbird, Bronzy Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Anchieta’s Tchagra, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Olive Bush-shrike, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Square-tailed Drongo, Black-winged Bishop, Dark-backed Weaver, Black Widowfinch, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Green Twinspot, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Grey Waxbill, Lesser Seedcracker, Magpie Mannikin and Cabanis’s Bunting.

Ease of Birding
Many birds will be easy to see whilst some are elusive or seasonal.  Miombo woodlands tend to be quiet in the afternoons so there is the opportunity to sample other habitats for other species.  These areas require some walking in hilly terrain but present no difficulty for persons of average fitness.

Schedule
Day 1          Arrival in Harare early. Depart for Honde Valley

Day 2          Birding in Honde Valley

Day 3          Birding in Honde Valley

Day 4          Depart for Bvumba. Afternoon birding at Seldom Seen

Day 5          Birding in Bvumba

Day 6          Depart for Chimanimani. Birding in Chimanimani

Day 7          Birding in Chimanimani

Day 8          Early morning birding in Chimanimani. 11am departure for Harare

Day 9          Departure from Harare

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