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Victoria Falls Birding Safari
Home of the Specials, the Zambezi River offers birding enthusiasts a unique experience on a Victoria Falls birding safari
The 16 passenger Darter jet boat taking guests on a Zambezi River bird-watching safari in Victoria Falls
Both wildlife enthusiasts and birders will find a Victoria Falls birding safari on the Zambezi River a special experience. The Zambezi is a vast river which splits into various small water ways and islands, and the birding here is second to none. This mighty river supports a riverine habitat along it's banks, drawing many species of birds to it's life giving waters. Some of the more common species include Blacksmith lapwing, Goliath Heron, Sacred and Glossy Ibis, Egyptian and Spurwing Goose, Water Thick-knee, Pygmy, Giant and Pied Kingfishers, African Fish Eagle and a whole host of others.
What You Can Expect
What makes this area (and indeed this Victoria Falls activity) unique is it's "specials". These are bird species that are not only rare and elusive in other parts of Southern Africa but often only occur along the Zambezi River's mighty water course. Some of these specials include Rock Pratincole and African Skimmer both of which are seasonal migrants, nesting on the sandbanks and rocks along the river. Dickinson's Kestrel are often seen high in the Ilala Palms that line the banks. while the legendary Pel's Fishing Owl call the large dense Mahoganys that cluster the islands their home. The secretive Half-Collared Kingfishers, frequent the overhanging trees along the banks. These over hanging branches also home the even more secretive White-Backed Night Heron and rare African Finfoot. Seasonally, Osprey can be seen searching the waters for fish and the rare Grey-Headed Parrot can be heard screeching as they fly over head. As the night moves in Bat-Hawk can occasionally be seen hunting above the river.
The African Skimmer
The Victoria Falls birding safari is offered on a small jetboat (the same one you would ride while on a Sunset Jet Boat Safari) on the Zambezi River. The boat has a maximum capacity of 16 people, ideal for small groups with a feeling of having your own private cruise. Return transfers from your hotel to the jetty are included. There is also a toilet on board.
The trip is structured as follows:
• Included in the trip is tea, coffee, biscuits and muffins/rusks.
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