Bird Holiday

  • Destination: Zambia

Bird Tours – Guided or Self Drive

Let renowned bird guide Rory MacDougall take you to remote and wonderful areas of Zambia on set tour dates, or perhaps you prefer the independence of our self drive option?

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These birding adventures, will take you to remote and wonderful areas of Zambia and include his personal lodges. 8 out of the top 10 special birds in western Zambia are located in the North-West area near Mwinilunga. These include Black-collard Bulbul, Angola Lark, Bamboo Warbler, Forbes’s Plover, Grimwood’s Longclaw, Black-and-rufous Swallow, Laura’s Woodland-Warbler, and Margaret’s Batis. Then on to Choma and Livingstone in the Southern Province of Zambia, to find the 9th Western special, the endemic Zambian (Chaplin’s)Barbet, and finally the 10th, the near-endemic – Black-cheeked Lovebird. Not to miss is the African Pitta in Lower Zambezi, Shoebill in Bangweulu wetland system and Pels fishing Owl.

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TRY YOUR OWN SELF DRIVE TOUR – see guest book comment

Day 1 : Arrive Zambia at Livingstone airport.
Day 2 : Trip to search for Black-cheeked Lovebirds in the Machile IBA and some thornveld species.
Day 3 : Birding looking for African Finfoot and other local specials and sunset cruise.
Day 4 : Morning: Visit to the Victoria Falls followed by Birding in the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park with packed Lunch Afternoon: Birding Taita Falcon Lodge area, along the Gorges.
Day 5 : Morning: Early morning birding in the Gorges around the Lodge. Afternoon: Birding Nkanga Conservation Area (NRCA) in Choma
Day 6 : A Full Day trip to Lochinvar.
Day 7 : Birding in NRCA searching for the Zambian Barbet and Miombo specials such as Racket-tailed Roller and Arnot’s Chat.
Day 8: departure Lusaka or Livingstone International Airport

Profile: Rory McDougall

Rory McDougall’s calling has always been the African bush. At the age of fourteen, he won a pair of binoculars for an essay he wrote on the nesting habits of the Orange Breasted Waxbill. As a teen he studied under the renowned ornithologist and bird photographer Peter Ginn, who he accompanied on five field trips to the Makarikari Salt Pan area in Botswana, before heading to Cape Town to earn a degree in zoology and botany from the University of Cape Town.

After qualifying as a Walking Safari Guide in the Luangwa Valley in 1990, Rory worked with Remote Africa Safaris. He conducted tours of the Chikoko Walking Trails in South Luangwa National Park, before moving on to the award-winning Chiawa Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park. To this day, he continues to visit these parks where he is a registered guide and an honorary ranger.

Rory has been involved in a number of World Wildlife Fund for Nature projects. In 2000, he was instrumental in creating an important conservation area in the Kafue Flats Floodplain. He is currently the only Zambian to have qualified as a ringer with the South African Bird Ringing Unit. Rory is currently undertaking a personal survey of the vulture counts throughout Zambia.