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Mobile Birding Safaris

Our birding safaris are all led by professional birding guides who use their many years of experience to ensure that you get the best out of your birding adventure. From our base in Okavango Delta, our regular bird watching safaris explore Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.


LOCATION

Botswana, Namibia and Zambia


WHO IS THIS FOR

Avid bird lovers


COST

From USD 4,225 depending on number of days and time of year


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WHY WE LOVE THIS

The expert Letaka guides make this birding experience inspiring, educational and unique.  Fascinating for any bird lover and guaranteed to make you want to come back again!

Detailed Overview


Our partners in Botswana, Letaka Safaris is a citizen-owned safari company that has been operating in Botswana since October 2000. The founding directors, known locally as the Letaka brothers, have almost 40 years of combined guiding experience and have been guiding mobile safaris in Botswana since the mid-90’s. Originally all Letaka safaris were owner-guided, but the company has now grown to employ a number of Botswana’s most highly experienced mobile safari guides.

Letaka Safaris was the first safari company in Botswana to offer regular scheduled birding safaris. The directors of the company are all very keen birders who have been birding since childhood and have close to twenty years experience in leading bird-watching tours around Southern Africa. Birding in Botswana offers the global birder the opportunity to go bird-watching in one of the world’s most pristine wildernesses where phenomenal wildlife and scenery add to the birding experience.

Some of the bird watching safaris which we offer are the following:

  • The Livingstone Birding Trail – 17 days – Botswana, Namibia & Zambia – This is our most popular bird watching departure, we recently added on a trip to the town of Choma in southern Zambia where we go to find the Chaplin’s Barbet, Zambia’s only true endemic.
  • Northern Wings – 12 days Botswana – The Moremi Game Reserve Exploring the fringes of the Okavango Delta by Mokoro, the freedom of the Khwai Concession Area, Chobe National Park and a boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • Of Bats and Birds – 14 days Zambia – This once in a lifetime experience is a sight to behold – millions of straw coloured fruit bats, the Nesting Shoebill and the search for the elusive African Pitta. From Livingstone to Lusaka – a phenomenal 14 days
  • The Shoebill Safari – 17 days Zambia – Our annual Shoebill Safari treks up through Zambia visiting South Kafue National Park, Kasanka National Park and the remote Bangweulu Swamps, home of the extraordinary Shoebill Stork. Our Shoebill Safari departs in May each year that we offer this trip.

The Story


Our partner organisation in Botswana is Letaka Safaris.  Letaka Safaris is a citizen-owned safari company that has been operating in Botswana since October 2000. The founding directors, known locally as the Letaka Brothers, have over 34 years of combined guiding experience and have been guiding full-time in Botswana since the mid-90’s. Originally all our safaris were owner-guided but the company has now grown to employ 7 of Botswana’s most highly experienced mobile safari guides.

The focus of the company has always been on the quality of our guides, hence their close association with Okavango Guiding School, a training facility which we created to elevate the standard of guiding in Botswana. Many of Botswana’s top safari guides pass through Okavango Guiding School’s doors at one time or another and we are proud to continue this initiative to create a guiding fraternity that will stand head and shoulders above other African destinations.

Accommodation


Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves in spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds, bed linen and towels, with a private bathroom en-suite.

The tents are 3x4m wilderness tents with high roof with a 3x3m en-suite bathroom and a 2x3m covered area in front of the tent. The tents are fitted with solid base camp beds made up with mattresses, sheets, duvets and pillows. The tents have en-suite long drop toilet facilities and a bucket shower at the rear of the tent. Showers can be ordered as hot, cold or warm and the water is heated in a bucket on the fire. Showers may be taken at any time but on Kalahari safaris the guide withholds the right to limit water use and showering depending upon the availability of water. Both hand towels and bath towels are supplied for the guests’ convenience but please note that guests should bring their own personal items and toiletries.

Each tent has an oil/paraffin lamp on the veranda and in the bathroom and within the tent itself, a LED rechargeable camp light is supplied along with a side table in the sleeping area and in the bathroom.

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