Birdwatching Tours from Victoria Falls

Southern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus rufirostris)

Zimbabwe is easily one of the best countries in Africa for birdwatching. Over 700 species have been recorded with the chance to see most species being from October to March as most of the Palearctic and intra-African migrants are present. From May to August the weather is cooler and ideal to concentrate on local species.

Our office is in Victoria Falls town, one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa. Over 450 species of birds have been recorded in the region of Victoria Falls (Zambezi River basin). Our birdwatching guides have a good knowledge of the region’s ecology and can help visitors find the most elusive and rare bird species. From our office location in Victoria Falls town, many great birdwatching destinations are easily accessible such as:

These protected areas host many rare and endangered species and avian specialities such as:

  • Schalow’s Turaco (Tauraco schalowi)
  • African Finfoot (Podica senegalensis)
  • Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)
  • Black-winged Pratincole (Glareola nordmanni)
  • Rock Pratincole (Glareola nuchalis)
  • African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris)
  • Rufous-bellied Heron (Ardeola rufiventris)
  • African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus)
  • Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)
  • African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
  • Pel’s Fishing-Owl (Scotopelia peli)
  • Southern Ground-Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)
  • Bradfield’s Hornbill (Lophoceros bradfieldi)
  • Taita Falcon (Falco fasciinucha)
  • Brown-necked Parrot (Gray-headed) (Poicephalus fuscicollis suahelicus)
  • Collared Palm-Thrush (Cichladusa arquata)
For a more detailed list of species to be expected at various birdwatching sites in and around Victoria Falls please read our Destination Guide.

Our Birdwatching Tours

Our Victoria Falls birding safaris offer a unique and rewarding experience for experienced birders as well as beginners. On a typical birding safari, you will explore various habitats around Victoria Falls town or in one of the national parks and reserves located nearby. Depending on where you want to go, the birding safari can consist of walks, game drives and boat rides. Birdwatching is rewarding in both mornings and afternoons. However, as anywhere, mornings will be more productive. Of course, you will also see a great variety of mammal species, especially if you visit the major National Parks.

Our birding safaris can last from a few hours to several days. If you have limited time and don’t want to pay for the extra cost of a safari vehicle and park entrance fee don’t worry. There are already plenty of species to be seen on the outskirts of Victoria Falls town where there is no park entrance fee and birdwatching can be done on foot. For more avid birders however, a visit to at least one of the parks and reserves is highly recommended as this gives you a chance to see many more rare and special birds.

For something different, why not try a river birdwatching tour on the Zambezi River above the falls? Being on the water has the advantage of seeing many riverine species such as African Finfoot and it generally gives you a chance to see species and behaviours that are difficult to be seen from land.

Check these links for tour descriptions of some of our current birdwatching tours:

Apart from organising your perfect birdwatching tour or safari, we can also help you to book suitable accommodation and other activities. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions related to your trip.