10 Best Destinations for Bird Watching in Africa

If you are good at birding, Africa is that one continent that boasts of its diversity. Not only does it boast of its rare mountain gorillas or the big game but also for diverse avifaunal species which are distributed in different countries. For memorable birding experiences, the following destinations should be a must for you to visit;

South Africa

South Africa has for long been and still continues to be very popular as one of major tourist destinations in Africa with remarkable natural wonders. It features many mountains, white and sand beaches and also incredible wildlife for you to look out. It is also a popular birder’s paradise and given its expansive size, you will need more days to have a complete birding safari. What is interesting is that you can incorporate birding with game viewing then you strike two birds at ago. In South Africa, some of the popular destinations for you to visit for bird watching include the Kruger National Park and Zulu Land Game Reserve as well as other national parks. If you head to Durban and Johannesburg, there about 400 bird species that await for you to explore while around the Cape about 150 of them thrive around this area.


With over 1074 distinct bird species, Uganda is undoubtedly a birder’s paradise and comes with diverse bird habitats. The popular birding sites no to miss while on a Uganda birding safari include the 10 national parks. These include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Ranges, Semuliki National Park, Mount Elgon and the Rwenzori Mountains. Other sites include forest reserves, wildlife reserves, lakes, rivers, wetlands and many more. The notable birds for you to look out while on Uganda birding tour include the shore bill storks, African green broadbill, African green breasted pitta, pelicans and many others.


Still in East Africa, Tanzania is that one country you need not to miss to pay a visit while on bird watching safari in Africa. While in this country, you will have a chance to explore most of the East African endemics and 20 of which are endemic to Tanzania. The main birding tourist sites in Tanzania include Serengeti, Mahale, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Gombe, Tarangire, Arusha, Katavi, Selous, Ruaha and many more. Besides, you can also have opportunity to explore the first miombo endemic bird species. The famous birds for you spot out in this country include flamingos.


While on safari in western Africa, Cameroon is one of the best birding destination you need not to miss to pay a visit. This country has many bird species that await for you to sight out and the main areas to visit include the upper Guinea forest.


This is another incredible country in West Africa that rewards birders with exceptional encounters of varied birds. It is endowed with variety of birds for you sight out. Gabon is the other remarkable country in West Africa.


Namibia is one of the must of a visit destination in Africa and it holds the oldest desert in the world including the highest sand dunes in the entire world. There are many parks in Namibia where you can pay a visit to look out for incredible birds and they include among others Estosha National Park. While on tour in Namibia, you can also pass by Botswana and spot out the Pel’s fishing owl, slaty egrets, swamp boubou, melodious larks, brown fire finch, hartlaub’s babblers, southern pied babblers and many more.


This lies within East Africa and it is a popular birding safari destination. It is famous for birds like flamingos, swallows, waders, terns, William’s lark, Hinde’s pied babbler, Aberdare cisticola, and many more.


This country covers about 2000 kilometers from the north to south. This is one of the most beautiful African countries with a great deal of birds including the striking red and blue double collared sun birds, white tailed blue flycatcher, Thyolo Alethe, tiny green bull, mangrove kingfisher, olive headed weaver and many more. The Gorongosa National Park comes with open woodlands, season wetlands and grasslands. This area is ideal for birds like red necked spur fowl, Vocal Burchell’s Coucal and many more.


This country has about 700 distinct bird species and they are distributed throughout its diverse habitats including the four national parks (Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati-Mukura National Park) as well as wetlands. The notable avifaunal species for you to sight at while on birding safari in Rwanda include the Albertine owlet, red collared mountain babbler and Neumann’s warblers.

Other destinations include Ethiopia, Madagascar where you can sight at birds like helmet vanga, white ruffed lemur, dancing sifaka, ground roller; Malawi, Zambia, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Seychelles and many others.

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