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Bird watching in Manapools blog African Travel

Are you planning your route after the block? If you have chosen Zimbabwe’s far north, Mana Pools is the perfect destination for travelers who appreciate and seek out a wide variety of bird species. This destination, which is already on a bucket list, has over 380 registered bird species that span more than three different habitats, from forests to plateaus to savanna areas.

The Mana Pools National Park comprises the south bank and the Zambezi Islands, which form the border with Zambia. The park is known for its incredible wildlife … and the exquisite river and vast floodplains. It is on the bucket list of all safari lovers because it is secluded, full of animals, the landscape exquisite, the sunsets breathtaking … we have to say more – it really is Africa at its best.

Some of the avifauna that you can expect are water birds on the banks of the Zambezi, the southern crimson bee-eater from April to November, the African skimmer, Pels fish owl and Lilians Lovebird.

The best time to enjoy the abundance of colors and sounds is during the dry season (April to November), when there are both native and migratory birds. Although bird watching in Mana Pools is good all year round, local species start to nest in the dry season.

Plan your trip to coincide with the best wildlife viewing from June to October to make the most of your time in this beautiful region. At this time, animals gather around water sources and a large number of elephants and buffaloes can be seen more often.

The Zambezi is known for its luxurious safari accommodations on its shores and relaxing boat safaris on its waters. The river attracts a variety of waders, including:

African Ringed Plover,
Green sandpiper,
Ringed Plover,
Gray plover,
Caspian plover,
Common redshank
and bar-tailed Godwit

Zambezi Crescent, Victoria Falls River Lodge, Zambezi River, near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Plan a stroll along the river or take a canoe / boat trip and try watching the African skimmer that broods on the sandbars from May to November. During the spring, southern carmine bee-eaters dig out their nest holes in the river banks.

Other types to watch out for are:

Mottled & Bohm’s Spinetail,
Horus Swift,
White-brown coucal,
Western Banded Snake-Eagle,
Rufous-bellied heron,
and Collared Pratincole.

Look out for the Sunbird with the purple ribbon or the Sunbird with the white belly in your camp before heading out into the woods.

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