Focus: Miombo and General Birds
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.
Mana Pools is a spectacular big game country destination, with the focus on 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.
Mana Pools, Kariba
Southern Crested Guineafowl, African Mourning Dove, Böhm’s Spinetail, White-browed Coucal, Rufous-bellied Heron, Black-crowned Night-heron, White-backed Night-heron, Woolly-necked Stork, Long-toed Lapwing, White-crowned Lapwing, Collared Pratincole, Lappet-faced Vulture, Hooded Vulture, Western Banded Snake-eagle, Pel’s Fishing-owl, Southern Ground-hornbill, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Grey-headed Parrot, Lilian’s Lovebird, Collared Palm-thrush, Arnot’s Chat, Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Collared Sunbird, Red-billed Oxpecker, Meves’s Starling, Broad-tailed Paradise-whydah, Orange-winged Pytilia.
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.
Day 1 Arrival in Harare
Day 2 Birding in Christon Bank & Komani
Day 3 Drive to Mana Pools
Day 4 Birding in Mana Pools
Day 5 Birding in Mana Pools
Day 6 Depart from Mana to Kariba
Day 7 Birding in Kariba, launch out to Matusadonha National Park
Day 8 Birding in Matusadonha
Day 9 Birding in Matusadonha
Day 10 Boat back to Kariba, return to Harare
Day 11 Departure from Harare
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