Paul and I arranged a birding trip into the Okavango Delta using Aardvark Safaris travelling with them up the Chobe River and then we birded in Zimbabwe and Zambia using a local guide who showed us the delights of the Zambesi River and Victoria Falls.We used a variety of transport including light aircraft , jeeps and mekoros (dug-out canoes).
Light Aircraft used to fly into the delta Jeep on Kalahari Sand Birding by Mekoro
Botswana is a very expensive country to bird in as the government have a policy of 'high value - low volume' strategy to minimise the effect of tourism on its wildlife and resources. We decided to cut the cost by having a mobile safari instead of using luxury lodges.
Our 'mobile' tent
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world and floods on an annual basis bringing a vast amount of water to the region.
African Jacana African Spoonbill Crested Francolin
Of course it is impossible to just birdwatch as the animals are fantastic too!
Elephants by the Chobe River at sunset Leopard
After our trip by Jeep up the Chobe River we crossed into Zimbabwe and booked into a hotel. This was pure luxury after our mobile safari tents! Tourismin in Zimbabwe was at an all time low and we had Victoria Falls almost to ourselves.
Pearl-spotted Owlet Grey Heron and Sacred Ibis
Statue of David Livingstone in Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls taken from Zambia.
Black-shouldered Kite Grey Hornbill Maribou Stork
Our guide, Chris Pollard took us on his platform boat to a river island in the Zambesi River to see Pel's Fishing Owl. We managed to see two birds who were too quick for us to photograph. The only evidence I have are two feathers!
Chris Pollard Pel's Fishing Owl feathers
Chris Paul and I crossed into Zambia over the bridge from Zimbabwe. From the bridge we watched some lunatics bungee jumping into the gorge and river below. Certainly not for the faint hearted!
Bridge connecting Zimbabwe to Zambia used by bungee jumpers! Crested Barbet