• Schalow's Turaco

Birding - 16 Day Specials of Zimbabwe

We cover all of the species specials on this once in a lifetime, all inclusive, 16-day Zimbabwe birding trip.
+ All of the Miombo specials
+ The Eastern Highlands
+ The famous Matopos for an incredible feast of raptors
+ Serious lifers in Hwange National Park
+ Extra special birding highlights awaits at the Victoria Falls

Find itinerary below

Tips for Twitchers

Birding season may occasionally be wet. For your comfort, please pack a lightweight waterproof jacket or raincoat. An umbrella is also useful to shield any photographic/video equipment. Other important items include sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a reliable torch. We recommend dark or camouflaged clothing. Natural fabrics work best in our tropical climate. A suitable wide brimmed hat is essential.

Visas

Tourist visas are issued on arrival at Harare International Airport but please do contact the Zimbabwe embassy in your country to be sure of the current and updated requirements. Visa information on the web: http://www.wildzambezi.com/articles/2018/02/16/zimbabwe-visa-information

Zimbabwe Situation Update

The situation in Zimbabwe can only be described as euphoric.
Local businesses in Zimbabwe not only continue to operate as usual, but with added optimism that our unique corner of our world may again be known for the majestic beauty of the Falls and the mighty Zambezi, the diverse wildlife and the friendly hospitality of the locals.

Malaria Information

It is essential for all travelers to our region to take a malarial prophylactic, please seek and follow your medical professional's advice before traveling.
Please see below the link to the World Health Organisation's profile page for Malaria.
http://www.who.int/malaria/publications/country-profiles/profile_zwe_en.pdf?ua=1

Money Matters

Cash is in extremely short supply in Zimbabwe currently, so it is essential to bring hard currency with you. We would advise that you bring both larger and smaller denominations. Please also note that under Zimbabwean law it is illegal for departing tourists to take more than US$1000 out of the country.
This link details all information regarding money matters :
http://www.zimra.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2372:importation-and-exportation-of-currency-by-travellers&catid=21:did-you-know&Itemid=91

Medical Insurance

We highly recommend purchasing full medical insurance - including evacuation - for your travels through Zimbabwe and the southern African region.

Communications

Our safari areas are extremely remote, not all Zimbabwean telecom providers service these areas. We strongly recommend that our guests use ECONET. A local ECONET 'pay-as-you go' simcard is easily purchased at our international airports.
Please note there can be delays in communication. Sometimes the telecom infrastructure may be unreliable.

Itinerary

Day 1 to 3: Miombo Woodlands

Day 1 Arrive Harare where your guide will meet you.  Spend the rest of the day in Haka and Mukuvisi Woodlands. Book into lodge 5pm

Day 2 Birding full day around Christon Bank and Mazoe Valley

Day 3 Birding full day in the Wetlands

Interesting Miombo Species:
Spotted creeper, Cinnamon breasted tit, Western violet backed Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Copper Sunbird, Purple banded Sunbird, Miombo double-collared Sunbird, Miombo Rock Thrush, Miombo Blue-eared Starling, Miombo Tit, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Streaky-breasted Flufftail, Red-chested Flufftail, African Crake, Corn Crake, Baillon's Crake, Striped Crake, Spotted Crake, Yellow-mantled widowbird

Day 4 to 7: Eastern Highlands

Day 1 Seldom Seen

Day 2 Birding in and around Bvumba Botanical Gardens

Day 3 Bunga Forest 

Day 4 Forest Miombo and higher grasslands walks

Top Eastern Highlands Species:
Chirinda Apalis, Roberts Warbler, Swynerton's Robin, White-eared Barbet, Whyte's Barbet, White-tailed Crested flycatcher, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Green-backed Honeybird, Palid Honeyguide, Eastern Saw-wing, Zambezi Indigobird, Red-throated Twinspot, Striped-cheeked Bulbul, Southern Hyliota, Yellow-streaked Greenbull, Red-faced Crombec, Green-capped Eremomela, Magpie Mannikin, Violet-backed Sunbird, Spotted Creeper, Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Miombo Tit, Green Twinspot

Day 8 to 10: The Matopos

We will travel from Harare to the Matopos and spend three days exploring the Matopos Park.

Exciting raptors:
Of the 17 eagles / snake eagles occurring in Zimbabwe, 15 can be seen in the Matopos. The Lanner and Peregrine falcons are regularly seen and the very rare Taita falcon has been recorded. Other raptors include Greater, Rock, Lesser and Dickinson's kestrels. Amur, Red-footed and Sooty falcons. African and Eurasian hobbys. Black, Little and Ovambo sparrowhawks. African, Gabar and Dark Chanting goshawks, Bateleur, Shikra, Harriers, Augur Buzzards, Steppe Buzzards, Vultures, Secretary birds, African Harrier-hawks, Lizard Buzzards and Western Osprey.

Along with the diverse raptor population, Matopos is also home to Boulder chats, Orange-winged pytilia, Broad-tailed paradise whydah and many others. 

Archaeologically Interesting
These hills have a long history of human occupation and are one of the most extensively archaeologically researched areas in Zimbabwe. There are many rock art sites and remarkable paintings.


In addition there is great game to be seen, including the endangered Black and White Rhinoceros.

Day 11 to 13: Hwange National Park

From the Matopos we will travel north to Hwange.

Hwange National Park is a world renowned park with high concentrations of mammals and birds.

If your trip is during December you will be able to add African Pitta to your list. Summer visitors and resident species include Arnot's Chat, Racket-tailed Roller, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Bradfield's Hornbill, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Southern Pied Babbler, Violet-eared Waxbill, Black-faced Waxbill, Meyer's Parrot, Red-billed Spurfowl, Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Red-billed Oxpecker, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Red-footed Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Miombo Tit, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Southern Hyliota, Arnot's Chat, African Golden Oriole.

Day 14 to 16: Victoria Falls

Except for visiting the impressive Victoria Falls we will also be looking for Schalow's Turaco, Brown Firefinch, Collared Palm-Thrush, African Skimmer, Rock Pratincole, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Finfoot, White-backed Night-Heron, Rufous-bellied Heron, Western Banded Snake-Eagle, Grey-headed Parrot, White-crowned Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Racket-tailed Roller, Taita Falcon, Augur Buzzard, Red-necked Falcon, Bat Hawk, Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Orange-winged Pytilia, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow and many, many more.

On our last morning we may do some birding before your transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport.