Kazungula Swamps

Kazungula occupies the most westerly corner of the country with the Zambezi River and its swamps and floodplains, acacia and open woodland, with Zambia just across the river, Botswana to the west and an arrow point of the Caprivi Strip north of that.


Kazungula Swamps is a great alternative to the Okavango Delta. Here you can see many of the Okavango specials more commonly associated with Botswana. Since the swamp is located just 70 km west of Victoria Falls town you will be able to cover typical Okavango delta species in less time and by spending much less than travelling far to Okavango. Each month 200-300 species of birds can be seen at Kazungula Swamps. The star attraction is the Slaty Egret, which regularly occurs. Other specials on the floodplains are Long-toed Lapwings, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Swamp Nightjar, Hartlaub’s Babbler, Greater Swamp Warbler, Luapula and Chirping Cisticolas, Plain-backed Pipit, Southern Brown-throated Weaver and Gabon Boubou (Swamp Boubou). Shelley’s Sunbird is found and there is a strong probability of Basra Reed Warbler, as yet to be officially added to the Zimbabwean list. Fan-tailed Widowbird is marginal to the country at this spot with Burchell’s Starling more common. Bradfield’s Hornbill, Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah, Orange-winged Pytilia, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Red-necked Falcon, Olive-tree Warbler are generally found in the woodlands of the area. (Source of this section: www.birdlifezimbabwe.org)