Harare, Bvumba and Save Valley Conservancy

9 birding days

Focus: Local Specials
The Harare area supports a large number of birds through diverse habitats ranging from miombo woodlands to wetlands and dams, grasslands and granite formations, large and small.  Miombo and wetland birds tend to be the primary focus, but excursions can be catered according to the birdwatchers’ goals.

Visits to Christon Bank, Domboshawa & Ngomakurira, Ewanrigg Botanic Garden, Lake Chivero area and other birding spots in the city are all worthwhile.

Save Valley

An area with a range of habitats including granite hills, mopane woodland, acacia savannah and the Save riverine.

Target Birds
Harare and Bvuma

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.

Vumba specials and near-endemics in montane and miombo including African Olive-pigeon, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Scarce Swift, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, 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, Chirinda Apalis, Roberts’s Warbler, Broad-tailed Warbler, Barratt’s Warbler, Cape Grassbird, Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler, Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Olive Sunbird, Bronzy Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Olive Bush-shrike, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Square-tailed Drongo, Dark-backed Weaver, Black Widowfinch, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Green Twinspot, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Grey Waxbill, Magpie Mannikin and Cabanis’s Bunting.

Save Valley

Dwarf Bittern, Black-crowned Night-heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, Lappet-faced Vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle, Martial Eagle, Bateleur, Red-crested Korhaan, White-crowned Lapwing, Bronze-winged Courser, Grey-headed Parrot, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Senegal Coucal, Burchell’s Coucal, Narina Trogon, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, European Roller, Southern Ground-hornbill, Mosque Swallow, African Golden Oriole, Boulder Chat, Arnot’s Chat, Bearded Scrub-robin, Thrush Nightingale, Collared Palm-thrush, Stierling’s Wren-warbler, Meves’s Starling, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Long-tailed Paradise-whydah.

Ease of Birding
Some species are seasonal.

Day 1                  Arrival in Harare

Day 2                  Birding in Christon Bank & Komani

Day 3                  Birding in Haka Park & Mukuvisi Woodlands

Day 4                  Depart for Bvumba. Afternoon birding at Seldom Seen

Day 5                  Birding in Bvumba

Day 6                  Birding in Cecil Kop (Mutare)

Day 7                  Departure for Save Conservancy

Day 8                  Birding in Save Conservancy

Day 9                  Birding in Save Conservancy

Day 10                Birding in Save Conservancy

Day 11                Birding in Save Conservancy. Depart for Harare

Day 12                Departure from Harare

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