Whatever the time of year, the birding in Zambia is superb. The wide range of habitats, comfortable climate and relatively underdeveloped landscape ensure that both endemic and migrant species can thrive.
In the dry season, vibrant colonies of carmine bee-eater nest in holes along the river bank. You will see them on a boat ride along the Kafue River whilst staying at Musekese Camp, also a superb place to watch malachite kingfisher dive in a vivid flash. The fish eagle cut dramatic figures in the trees along the water’s edge and you can get close to nests of owl as well. The guides at Musekese have a phenomenal knowledge of and passion for birds and will work with you from dawn until dusk to find, identify and photograph the species you most want to see.
The green season brings both rain and migrant birds to Zambia between November and April. It is possible to explore the rising rivers on boat safaris, spotting the crimson faces and ebony bodies of bateleur eagle, the ivory heads and lively hunting of fish eagle and chromatic flocks of the small but gorgeous lilac-breasted roller.