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Birding Tour Botswana: Northern Botswana Birding Safari 2018



The Okavango Delta and Greater Chobe River areas of Northern Botswana offer some of the best birding in Southern Africa. Join us for an eight-night luxury ‘Birding Tour Botswana’ safari with no more than eight people and an expert local guide, as we look to find the local birding specials. Besides the incredible birding diversity of the area it also offers one of the best game viewing experiences in Africa.

We will divide our time between three luxurious lodges and enjoy the stunning aerial views as we fly between the lodges. We will start off with three nights at Camp Moremi, situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta at the northern end of the famous Moremi Game Reserve. From here we will fly north and spend three nights at Chobe Savanna Lodge, situated on the Namibian side of the Chobe River and perfect for exploring the Chobe River and Impalila Island. Our last two nights on Birding Tour Botswana will be at the luxurious five-star Chobe Game Lodge, the only lodge situated within Chobe National Park. We will enjoy the birding and game viewing on a combination of open vehicle game drives, boat cruises, and guided walks.

Some of the birds we will be looking for on Birding Tour Botswana include Pel’s Fishing Owl, White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Rock Pratincole, Hartlaub’s Babbler, Luapula and Chirping Cisticolas, Schalow’s Turaco, Brown Firefinch, Coppery-tailed and White-browed Coucals, African Skimmer, Swamp Boubou, Copper Sunbird, Holub’s Golden and Southern Brown-throated Weavers, Greater Swamp Warbler, Slaty Egret, and African Pygmy Goose.

Duration: 9 days

Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8

Date Start: February 12, 2018

Date End: February 20, 2018

Tour Start: Maun

Tour End: Kasane

Price: US$6915 per person sharing, assuming 6-8 paying participants. US$7561 per person sharing, assuming only 4-5 paying participants. US$9592 per person sharing for a private tour with only 2-3 paying participants.

Single Supplement: US$1639, but this can be waived for groups of 3 or less.

Price includes:
3 night’s accommodation at Camp Moremi / Camp Xakanaxa, 3 nights at Chobe Savanna Lodge, and 2 nights at Chobe Game Lodge
Charter flights with Safari Air from Maun to Xakanaxa Airstrip and Xakanaxa Airstrip to Kasane Airport
Road transfer from Kasane Airport to Kasane Immigration to meet boat transfer to Chobe Savanna Lodge. Return boat transfer from Chobe Savanna Lodge to Kasane Immigration
Road transfer from Kasane Immigration to Chobe Game Lodge, and Chobe Game Lodge to Kasane Airport
All meals, refreshments, local spirits and wines (excluding premium brands)
Private Activities as indicated
Complimentary mini bar at Chobe Game Lodge
Emergency medical evacuation insurance
National park fees and all government levies and taxes
Private experienced bird guide for the duration of the safari
Bottled water

Price excludes:
International  and regional flights
Transfer to Maun Airport at start of the trip
Transfer from Kasane Airport at end of the trip
Items of a personal nature
Curios and curio shopping
Telephone calls and internet usage
Porterage and gratuities
Visa and visa fees
Personal and travel insurance

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Senior tour leader for Birding Ecotours in Africa Nick was born and raised in the beautiful country of Namibia, a privilege that made Africa and its wildlife a concrete part of his childhood. His pass ...

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Bo Beolens of Fatbirder put me onto Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours originally. What a favour he did me. Not only is Chris an excellent birder, but he goes out of his way to be really helpful. I and my partner settled on Namibia with Birding Ecotours as our next trip, and as we were in Jo`burg visiting friends a few days before the trip, I asked Chris if he could also arrange for me to see Flufftails in the gap available. The hub of Birding Ecotours couldn`t have been more delightful to deal with. Not only did he get very excited by this challenge, but took it upon himself to do our guiding. He found an equally enthusiastic birder, Kevin, to join the trip and off we set for the Dullstroom area, where there was a Striped Flufftail guide, all revved up and ready to go except it was miserable weather. Never mind, a quick re-calculation and we descended down to Nelspruit Botanic Garden and sunshine, and spent half a day revelling in Sth. African birds. Then we ascended and went lark and pipit hunting which Chris found by call. He also found us an Oribi which was stunning, we were so close. Chris and his guide worked extremely hard the next day, trying to call out a flufftail . We could hear them but the thick vegetation prevented any views of them. After doing a circuit of the whole area, Chris and the guide doing more, as they were going up and down the hill , we were losing heart. Luck returned as Chris planted us by a carefully placed mp3 playing flufftail, and a narrow trodden path into the bracken. We waited as the sound of another flufftail got closer. I could hear Kevin hyperventilating as he suddenly found himself looking at a full frontal view of a male Striped Flufftail. As I was at a slightly different angle, I couldn`t see this marvellous apparition, but found myself breathing hard in anticipation when, from behind the clump of grass I was straining to see through, a female suddenly leapt across the gap like a frog, so fast that all I got was a view of the back and tail! No wonder they are a difficult bird to get to grips with but I would recommend this sort of diversion to anyone. I wouldn`t have climbed the hill after the Cape Eagle Owl if it wasn`t for Chris`s infectious enthusiasm either, and we were sorry to see both of them go; they had been so easy to get on with, both entertaining and amusing We flew to Walvis Bay a few days later to meet Steve Braine, our leader for the Namibia trip, and the rest of the participants. We found that Steve was a born and bred Namibian and knew the country like the back of his hand. He knew exactly where everything was, and if he didn’t, he had a hot-line to somebody who did. Fortunately the rest of the group were a relaxed bunch and very talkative and entertaining, and soon Steve had everyone fixated on birds. Steve and his bird knowledge is fearsome. He worked tirelessly, always on the go arranging the next highlight, repeating things if he thought anybody had missed out. He knows all the mammals, all the reptiles, loves scorpions and even dabbles with Lepidoptera. We were all beginning to think he was some kind of magician a week into the trip. There are sights on this trip you will never forget. For me, even the sight of a line of larks, all squashed together along a 1 inch wide line of shade under a notice board was spectacular. The plumage of desert birds looking like ink etchings: I could go on. Steve is an extremely good leader and I for one am grateful for his excellent birding skills and tireless driving.

Jan and John, Wales



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