Best Bird Watching Destinations in Africa

No other continent can boast of such a high density of exotic wildlife and birds than Africa, if there was ever a competition for best continent for bird watching then Africa will surely be the champ. Although you can find some gorgeous birds in almost every country of this vast continent but there are some places that take pride in being the best bird watching destinations in Africa and in turn in the whole world. Thousands of pink flamingos standing on one leg in the beautiful settings of the Kenyan lakes have always captured imagination of the visitors who plan for a bird watching safari in Africa but there are quite a few of other places that can offer you an equally satisfying experience.

Starting with the Kenya, a country with the greatest cultural and biological diversity in the world, it can surely offer some awesome bird watching experiences. If you don’t want to venture too far away from the comfort of the city then take a tour of the Nairobi National Park located just outside the capital city of Nairobi. Its wildlife attractions include all of the Big Five animals of Africa other than the elephants but your main concern will be the exotic bird life of the park.

Flamingos at Lake Nakuru Nairobi Kenya

There are more than 250 different species of birds that live permanently in the park and another 60 species that come to the park in the autumn migration season. The park is so close to the city of Nairobi that one can easily see the skyline of the city. You can find a cheap flight to Nairobi from most of the major airports of the world and a 10 minutes drive from the city center will take you the entrance gate of the park.

Another great bird watching destination is the Okavango Delta in Botswana which has made a name for itself because of its gorgeous landscape and magnificent wildlife and birdlife. The area around the beautiful Lake Makgadikgadi is the home to hundreds of bird species that have flourished in its perfect breeding conditions. If you travel in the months of November leading to March then you will be able to observe hundreds of migrating species of birds in the area and it’s not uncommon to watch more than 100 different species of birds in a single morning. The area is quite remote and most parts of the park are only accessible by traveling on a 4wd but the accommodation facilities in the area are quite decent and affordable as well.

Tanzania is also a famous destination with birding enthusiasts, especially the northern parts of the country which has hundreds of exotic bird species of which many are unique to the country. The Tangiere National park in the Northern Tanzania can provide a memorable bird watching experience with high density of birds like Rufous-tailed Weaver, Sun Bird, Green Pigeon, Ashy Starling and Yellow-collared Lovebird. The park is a couple of hundred miles from the capital Dar es Salam and can be reached by the local bus service. There a number of lodges in the park that provides decent accommodation facilities to the visitors.

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