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Wetlands and woodlands

4 DAY TRIP: 13 to 16 February 2022

At 390,624 sq km, Zimbabwe is three times as large as England and about half the size of Texas.

This land-locked country is a true paradise for birders, with a total of more than 650 species having been recorded.

Although there are no endemics in Zimbabwe, the country boasts more than 50 species of birds that do not occur in South Africa.

This trip focuses on the wetlands and woodlands around the capital city of Harare. We have chosen this time of the year as this is the best time for rallids and other wet grassland species. Many of the species are nomadic and only move into an area when the conditions are suitable after summer rains.

Most of the miombo woodland birds are resident and birding is usually good throughout the year. Exceptions are the migrant Tree Pipit and Collared Flycatcher which are summer visitors and will be two of our main targets.


We fly from Johannesburg to Harare, arriving in the early afternoon.

Our accommodation in Harare is a charming lodge overlooking the spectacular Mazowe Hills. Besides offering comfortable accommodation and very good birding, this will be the base from which we will explore the birding hotspots. All the birding sites are easily accessible from here. Harare lies in the centre of the miombo woodland belt in Zimbabwe, a savanna woodland made up of several species of Brachystegia. Harare also provides an excellent base for vlei birding, the best time to visit being after the rains, usually from mid-January to late February.



Harare and environs

Western Marsh-Harrier, African Grass-Owl, Black Coucal, Streaky-breasted Flufftail, Striped Crake, Corncrake, African Crake, Red-chested Flufftail, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Lesser Moorhen, Broad-tailed Warbler, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Cuckoo Finch, Pale-crowned Cisticola, Spotted Creeper, Miombo Rock-thrush, Boulder Chat, Whyte’s Barbet, Miombo Blue-eared Starling, White-breasted Cuckooshrike, Collared Flycatcher, Copper Sunbird, Red-faced Crombec, Miombo Tit, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Green-capped Eremomela.



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Day 1

Date : February 13, 2022

Johannesburg - Harare

Depart from Jhb International and arrive in Harare at around midday.
Afternoon birding around Harare.
Overnight at accommodation near Harare

Day 2

Date : February 14, 2022

Harare and surrounds

Day spent birding Harare hotspots.
Overnight near Harare

Day 3

Date : February 15, 2022

Harare and surrounfs

Day spent birding Harare hotspots.
Overnight near Harare

Day 4

Date : February 16, 2022


Early morning birding in lodge grounds.
Depart after breakfast for airport for early afternoon flight to Johannesburg.

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