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