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Things that Make Sydney A Perfect Honeymoon Destination

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Every destination has a unique feeling; be it a sunset viewpoint, a blossom covered market, a unique garden, historic buildings, adventure, greatrestaurants or bars with live music. And, when it’s about planning the most romantic and unforgettable holiday of your life – your Honeymoon, you will surely want to choose a destination that not only touches your soul but also brings you closer to your partner.

Here are a few reasons that make Sydney the best place to explore, to indulge yourselves and to create a truly memorable honeymoon .

City Attractions are Many

Surprisingly Sydney although a relatively new city does offer a fair amount of history. It combines modern with old, traditional with the avant garde. Discuss with your partner your different interests and then try and cover both of your chosen attractions. Perhaps you could visit the excellent musuems, art galleries and cutural attractions such as the world famous Sydney Opera House. There is far more to Sydney than just attractive sandy beaches. Sydney has countless thrilling attractions for a day trip, the most famous ones being the Capitol Theatre , St Mary’s Cathedral, Harbour Bridge, and the Hyde Park Sydney Tower etc.

Buzzing Nightlife

Sydney has  a lot of small, romantic bars that allow you to enjoy an unforgettable cocktail while offering personal space to cuddle up and many hours to talk without disturbance late into the night. Eau de Vie in Darlinghurst is efficient, stylish and dark contemporary day bar where you can talk and drink. Other good choices include Grandma’s in CBD, Archie Rose in Rosebery, Golden Age under the Surry Hills street and Goblin on Summer Hill. But, if you and your partner are party animals and you like to dance and drink all night, then we suggest a visit to Oxford Street, which is the centre of entertainment and nightlife in Sydney.

Couple Friendly Outdoor Activities

Strengthen your connection by participating in several activities together. You can try Stand Up Paddle activity or a lovely cycling trail at any of the many beach locations. If you both love adventure, perhaps you could try a jet boat ride for an unforgettable experience. A scenic view of the World Blue Mountains from a glass floor cable car hang above a steep gorge is the ultimate experience. You can also explore Port Stephens and swim with dolphins together.Another incredible experience which will make your honemoon unforgettable.

Great Scenery and Nature

Sydney is the mixture of gorgeous coastline and beautiful scenery.  From the lovely seashore and buzzing Cape Solander to the dazzling blue waters of Sydney Harbour where you can see majestic whales, the remarkable landscape around Sydney offers you endless romantic days out with your partner. You can also visit the famous Blue Mountains from Sydney. You can use Yatra Coupons to book your flight, hotels etc. to cut down the extra cost these extras.

Sydney’s Varied Food Culture

What can be more indulgent and romantic than having a dinner in an open restaurant that offers you a 360 degree scenic view of the whole city? Sydney has many tasteful dining choices that will amaze your partner with a huge variety of cuisines. The 360 Bar and Dining is one of them. If you are into the street scene more than the restaurant scene then you can try the funky street trucks for some mouth-watering food. Sydney has many famous streets like Crown Street, Pacific Highway, Norton Street, Dixon Street and Glebe Point Road, which offer some of the best restaurants you could imagine.

Shop & Hop in Style

Touring to the markets of Sydney with your love adds a lot more fun to your shopping experience. You can learn a lot about each other on these trips! From buying things for your new house or clothing and accessories for each other, there are several markets in Sydney that you can explore. The Rocks Market, Surrey Hills Market, Paddy’s Market and many more markets that provide almost everything either of you could need or want.

 

Guest Post Blog by Vishal Chaudhary

Things to see and do in Kingston, Jamaica

 

Everybody wants to travel to an exotic tropical setting for a fine vacation by the sea in the most desirable climate. There are not a lot of places on Earth that offer such a luxury to its vacationers, but there is one right under North American continent. Jamaica is one such travelling paradise between North and South Americas in the Caribbean that offers some amazing beaches and other tourism opportunities for all the travel mongers.

The capital city of Jamaica is Kingston. Lying on the southeastern coast of this beautiful island in the Caribbean, Kingston is one of the best tropical destinations in the world that has a lot to offer to its visitors. There are countless destinations to visit, along with some amazing things to do in this place such as visiting museums, parks, gardens, coffee shops, mountain hiking, observing exotic wildlife, and swimming in some of the most exotic white sand beaches. You can also enjoy ferry and cruise rides to observe marine life and some other island beaches in the surroundings as well. So plan a trip to Kingston, Jamaica and explore everything this city has to offer.

Kingston – A matchless destination in the Caribbean for you to visit

The natural harbour of Kingston and long white sand beaches are tempting for everyone to make this place a top spot to visit in their bucket list. With a unique landscape, this country possess a beauty that cannot be ignored. Jamaica is blessed with some amazing rivers, sea shores, beaches, waterfalls, cultural cities, islands, and some amazing places which we want you to see when visiting this island country. This article will tell you about some of these amazing spots. So read on, find more about these places and do include them on your list of things to see and do when vacationing in Kingston, Jamaica.

How to reach there?

Travelling in Jamaica is easy than you can even imagine. This city is equipped with 2 airports. The Norman Manley International Airport serves as the chief airport for all the international flights inbound from Europe, North and South Americas. Tinson Pen Aerodrome serves as the domestic airport for Jamaica. Due to its ever-growing tourism sector, Jamaica has become a centre for all the international airline carriers. But your overall trip can be expensive due to infinite reasons. So it is suggested that you use the services of renowned travel agents in the UK. They can provide you with the cheapest flight ticket to Kingston, Jamaica along with appropriate accommodation, and other travelling transfers. So be wise and find discounts here and there when travelling to this wonderland.

Things to do and see in Kingston, Jamaica

The capital of Jamaica has a lot to offer. There is a Bob Marley Museum in the city centre, which also happens to be the home of the world’s most famous reggae singer. There is also a colonial-era mansion nearby that you can visit to see its exotic decoration. This city has also some amazing waterfalls, gardens and a zoo that houses exotic flora and fauna. The downtown of the city also displays contemporary Jamaican art. One of the best destinations in this city is a 17th century pirate museum in the legendary city of Port Royal known as Fort Charles. There is a lot to be seen and done in Kingston, and you need to continue reading to known more. So read this article, and find the best details of this place so that you know all about it when you plan a trip to Jamaica.

Bob Marley Museum

The Bob Marley Museum is committed to the celebration of life of the Reggae Musician Bob Marley. Bob Marley is known all over the world for his music. There are millions of people around the world who still listen to the legendary singer, and are devoted to his work. This museum is situated at 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6. We highly recommend our readers to pay their respect to Bob Marley by visiting the home turned museum of the iconic artist.

Fort Charles

Fort Charles was constructed around the 1650s, and today it delivers a great way to learn about some history of Jamaica. This fort houses a museum, as well as some guided tours for tourists. As discussed earlier in this article, this fort used to serve pirates of the Caribbean. They operated from this fort for a long time. So if you want a piece of real Pirates of the Caribbean, do visit this place.

Lime Cay

Lime Cay is a small island near the coastline of Kingston. This island has an amazing white sand beach, along with some timbered areas for cooking and shelter. It is a perfect getaway from the busy streets of Kingston, Jamaica.

National Heroes Park

National Heroes Park of Jamaica serves as a park and the final resting place for many Jamaican heroes. You can visit this place to pay some esteem for the people of this country.

National Gallery of Jamaica

National Gallery of Jamaica is an art’s joint in Kingston, Jamaica. This place also offers some amazing exhibits from other parts of the Caribbean along with displaying creative work of different local artists. You can find guided tours of this Gallery.

Fort Clarence Beach Park

Jamaica has a lot of seashores, and some of them are in its capital city. Fort Clarence Beach Park is one prodigious place to visit and enjoy a wonderful time in the turquoise water.

Hellshire Beach

Hellshire is an additional beach in Kingston. We highly vouch for this place due to its beautiful landscape and serene environment.

Cane River Falls

Cane River Falls is an attractive place to visit in Kingston Jamaica. Bathing in its unspoiled waters is a must do activity for everyone. This site has some amazing views, so don’t forget to take a few pictures there. You can also rent a guide to improve your travelling experience.

Coronation Market of Jamaica

Spending time in finding your desired items at Coronation Market of Jamaica is a must. Here you can purchase Jamaican goods as gifts and souvenirs at the best prices possible.

Rio Cobre

Rio Cobre is a river in Jamaica. The best-known fact about this river is that it has no or unidentified source. This fact makes it a special destination to visit.

Maiden Cay

Maiden Cay is a comprehensive beach in Kingston, Jamaica. You can go there on a yacht or a boat, and enjoy what this small island beach has to offer. This place is certainly for people who love swimming in clean blue waters and melt their feet in the white sand.

Falling Edge Waterfalls

Falling Edge Waterfalls is recognized as one of the best-kept enigmas of Jamaica. This place is like a fairy-tale with breathtaking beautiful sceneries. We highly endorse all our visitors to go there and relish what this place has to offer.

 

Guest Post by Yougeshwar

Fishing Holidays in Africa

Did you know that fishing not football is the most popular pastime in the UK? No I didn’t either although my brother in law is a keen angler. Fishing holidays are also growing in popularity and Africa is one of the best places to go. You get the chance to catch some really huge and exciting fish and relax in some beautiful scenery. You can also combine it with a safari and get the best of both worlds. Also the safari or beach option might please a non-fishing partner! With so much to choose from we have narrowed it down with some ideas below.

Botswana

One of the best places for a fishing holiday is Botswana and in particular the Okavango Delta. This huge inland river delta covers hundreds of miles and surprisingly doesn’t run into the sea but evaporates and disappears into the land. There are permanent lagoons and rivers but during the rains the area covered by water increases enormously. Fishing is available at most of the lodges on the Delta. We have several lovely luxury safari lodges and camps where all the game viewing is done by motorboat or mokoro (a dug-out canoe) and fishing is also widely available.  A day spent drifting through the reed beds passing big game and stunning birds whilst you fish is pretty unbeatable!

In the crystal clear waters of the Okavango River you can fish for tigerfish, tilapia, bream, nembwe and African pike. The tigerfish is an indigenous with an enormous appetite and they can grow up to 9 kilos in weight! The best time to fish for tiger fish is during the annual catfish or barbel runs. This is usually in our autumn from late August to the beginning of November. Bream fishing is usually best during our summer months, from April until August. We recommend staying at Camp Okavango  for excellent fishing. The lodges and camps can provide all the fishing equipment you need but you can take your own kit if you prefer.

Mozambique

Mozambique is a huge country stretching along the east coast of Africa from Tanzania to the north down to South Africa in the south. It offers a massive variety of habitats from the Zambezi River to the shores of Lake Malawi, from national parks filled with the Big Five to lush mangrove swamps and islands dotted off the stunning coastline.  However the main type of fishing done in Mozambique is  sea or sport fishing and the island archipelagos and coral reefs are outstanding here. Marine life includes whales, dolphins, manta rays, turtles and sharks. The Mozambique coastline, particularly the Bazaruto and the Quirimbas Archipelagos, offers some of the most spectacular sport fishing in the world.  This part of the Indian Ocean is a protected marine reserve meaning it is unspoiled and pretty undiscovered which makes it ideal for a luxury fishing holiday.  Combine this with some truly stunning hotel and beach resorts and some of the world’s finest beaches and Mozambique is a dream destination.

The deep Mozambique Channel has a very strong current and it provides a home to some of the world’s most exciting sport fish.  Species such as black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, shortbill spearfish, wahoo, dorado, various tuna species, king and queen mackerel, kingfish (jack’s), queenfish, barracuda and snappers are all  to be found here. Again there is plenty to do if you are travelling with a partner or friend who isn’t into fishing as there are plenty of fabulous beaches, scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, boat trips and luxury lodges to relax in such as Ibo Island Lodge . The boat operators provide all the gear you will need for sport fishing and we can pre-book it for you or you can do it when you are there through the hotel concierge.

Malawi

Lake Malawi is another fabulous fishing destination for the keen angler and it is also popular for those who want to go diving and see the endemic fish species that live in this enormous inland sea.  Again like all our destinations the scenery as well as the wildlife is fantastic and we have some fabulous lodges and beach resorts dotted along the shores of the Lake. The water here is crystal clear, unpolluted and wonderfully warm and there are many sandy beach, islands and rocky coves providing plenty of different habitats.

The majority of the 400+ species in Lake Malawi are small tropical aquarium fish, mbuna. However you can also find sungwa (perch), ngumbo (lake yellow-fish), mpasa (lake salmon), sanjika (smaller relative of lake salmon), ncheni (lake tiger), kampango (catfish) and vundu (catfish). Fishing is year round but probably the best time to go is between September and April.  One of the best places to stay on the lake is Pumulani Lodge.  although there are more rustic options available too.

Although Lake Malawi is the main draw you can also do plenty of fantastic river fishing. The Bua River, running through the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, is excellent for salmon with the Luweya, Lufira and North Rukuru not far behind. In the Lower Shire River, below the Kapichira Falls on the southern boundary of the Majete Wildlife Reserve, tigerfish are abundant, joined further down by vundu and barbel as the river broadens. Heavier tackle and a boat are needed here. Dry season fishing between May and November is possible in the Lower Shire river and requires no licence. The streams and dams of Zomba Plateau, Mount Mulanje and Nyika Plateau are well stocked with rainbow trout. You are only allowed to do fly fishing in this area with flies tied on single hooks. The season runs from September to April. Please note you will have to take your own kit with you in most places although some lodges do provide good tackle. Please check with us first before travel.

Zimbabwe and Zambia

Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River are the main highlights for a fisherman. The Zambezi River is the fourth largest river in Africa and is home to one of the continent’s most sought-after fresh water game fish such as the tiger fish. The tigerfish is an aggressive predator and  one of the fastest freshwater game fish in Africa which makes it a challenging species to catch and a great challenge for fly fisherman. Trying to lure the fierce tiger fish can be a real batlle as it usually puts on a dramatic display of fight when captured. Both the Upper Zambezi – the section of river above the Victoria Falls – and the Lower Zambezi – the section below the Kariba Dam wall – offer excellent opportunities to fish for tigerfish.

There are a number of excellent fishing lodges on the banks of both the upper and lower sections of the Zambezi and also there is a  huge range of wonderful safari lodges that offer fishing as well as game drives looking for the Big Five. Many of these lodges provide a range of fishing activities, all the way from a novice angler to the professional fly fisherman.  As fishing can be combined with game activities  and wonderful safaris this is a great holiday if you have a partner or friend who does not wish to fish as there is plenty to do and the lodge are all great places for relax with swimming pools and sundecks. For the visiting angler most can provide a full range of equipment is provided but you can take your own tackle if you prefer (please check before you travel!). We can recommend staying at various different lodges such as Mana Pools Camp many of which offer fishing along with safari activities and canoeing.

Some itineraries which feature our favourite fishing destinations include:

Desert and Delta Safari in Botswana

Tailormade Mozambique

Malawi – Valley and Lake Holiday

Best of Zimbabwe

But please note that we tailor-make all our holidays to suit you so if you want a purely fishing holiday then please give us a call and we can create one specially for you!

Posted by Ruth Bolton

Our Top Ten Island Getaways in Africa and the Indian Ocean (Part 2)

Brrr, this hasn’t been a warm summer so far has it? Are you dreaming of some proper sunshine and some beautiful far off beach where the water is the temperature of a warm bath and the sky is always a perfect blue? Well forget the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, Africa has some truly gorgeous island getaways just right for escaping our typically British wet summer or at any time of the year.  Way back in January we covered the first five of our top ten island getaways and now it’s time to reveal the next five.

Some are tiny with just a handful of rustic hideaways whilst others are much larger and more established with lots of luxury hotels, fantastic water-sports and world class restaurants.  All of them have sublime scenery; some have dramatic rocky coves whilst others have dreamy beaches with white sand and turquoise waters. Here are the next 5 in our favourite top 10 as voted by the Real Africa team.

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is still commonly known as the Spice Island (although its official name is Unguja or Zanzibar Island). It is the largest and most populated island of the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. The African island has been for centuries an important trading centre, a melting pot of African, Indian and Arab influences. Zanzibar’s major attraction is Stone Town, with its whitewashed colonial houses, charming shops, bazaars, mosques, shady squares and intriguing courtyards. Stone Town is a very atmospheric, exotic, exciting and historical town where you can catch glimpses the sea and boats plying their trade in and out of the bustling port. Many buildings are crumbling away and there are tiny alleyways to wander down, bustling markets and the smell of spices fill the air. Another big attraction are the beautiful white sandy beaches lapped by the turquoise sea. The coast of Zanzibar is truly spectacular and all the beaches are stunning from rocky coves to huge stretches of perfect palm backed soft white sand. There are a wide range of hotels here with small boutique five star options such as the fabulous Baraza Resort to larger more family friendly options. There are places to choose for their seclusion and tranquillity and places to go for fabulous food and nightlife. Many of the larger resorts offer great water-sports facilities and fabulous excursions such as dhow cruises and dolphin safaris.

The  Seychelles

The Seychelles are being included as a group of islands, mainly for the reason that I cannot pick one over the other! There are several islands where we offer a fabulous beach getaway; from the larger Mahe and Praslin to the smaller private islands of Bird Island and Denis Island.  Once a hideaway for pirates and Arab merchants the islands now a popular tourist destination with many different hotels and resorts. Its white sandy beaches  are among the most beautiful in the world and you may well have seen these iconic beaches in photographs before. The palm trees, soft white sand, huge granite boulders and turquoise waters are truly perfect. The Seychelles also have substantial expanses of tropical forests with birds such as the endemic Seychelles Bulbul. You can chose from quiet little boutique hotels perfect for a honeymoon to large family friendly resorts with fantastic water-sports across the Seychelles and all the islands have something different to offer. The snorkelling and scuba diving is wonderful with coral reefs providing a home to a huge range of marine life. We like Praslin for its pretty scenery and its glorious beaches but all the islands are fabulous. If you are looking for luxury, romance, style and the most incredible white sandy beaches on a private island – then Denis Island is the place for you! We also offer hotels on La Digue, Mahe, and Bird Island.

Funzi Island, Kenya

Funzi Island is a tiny island off the coast of Kenya sitting in the middle of the gloriously warm and crystal clear Indian Ocean. It is easy to reach being only 15 minutes by air from Mombasa. This is the place to come for a true Robinson Crusoe style getaway. Although this is barefoot luxury not basic! If you want to stay on Funzi Island you will stay at the lovely Funzi Keys which nestles peacefully in the private white sands of its own peninsula. Designed to blend unobtrusively with its idyllic beachfront setting and to reflect the influence of the local culture and coastal architecture, the accommodation consists of nine spacious sea front cottages set along the high-water line and eight sea view cottages, all constructed of stone and thatch with large netted windows open to the balmy sea breezes. Surrounded by water and superbly located on a west-facing beach with glorious views of the African sunset, this remote and exclusive hideaway is the perfect place to escape from the outside world in style.

Nankoma Island, Marelli Islands, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Nankoma Island is one of many different islands on Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is like a beautiful inland sea due to its enormous size. The waters are crystal clear and warm and perfect for swimming in. You will find many different white sandy beaches around the lake and islands as well as rocky coves, laid back beach bars, expensive boutique hotels, tiny rustic lodges and bustling towns.  There is something for everyone here and it works perfectly as a beach extension at the end of a safari in Malawi. Tucked away on Nankoma Island, a part of the Marelli Island archipelago, is the Blue Zebra Island Lodge. The lodge is a simple, eco-friendly place with rustic safari chalets which are great for those who want to make the most of the location for water sports and scuba diving and who are looking for a laidback informal type of holiday. For those who don’t want a safari tent you can also book a larger more private wooden style chalets called the Kingfisher, the Cormorant and the Fish Eagle. It is also a great place for families.

Mauritius

Mauritius is a huge island and country in its own right. It is a beautiful, lush green island that offers the visitor lots to see and do. There are national parks to visit, mountains to climb, waterfalls to gawp at, hiking trails to explore and bustling markets to shop in. The scenery and wildlife of Mauritius are wonderful and this is a great family destination. Port Louis is the beautiful and atmospheric French Creole capital with lots of French colonial architecture but also many foreign influences as befits its place in the Indian Ocean between Africa and Orient. There are lots of wonderful restaurants, shops and galleries across the island so you will never be bored.

But of course, Mauritius is most famous for its wonderful coastline and amazing beaches. White sandy beaches backed by palm trees and the soaring volcanic peaks. And the water is crystal clear and warm with wonderful coral reefs and abundant marine life meaning this is a fantastic place for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you are looking for somewhere lively then you should head north to Grand Baie, where you’ll find a lively restaurant and bar scene. If you love water-sports and windsurfing and kitesurfing then the north is the best part of the island for you. The east coast is best for beach lovers and the south-west corner is a family favourite with calmer waters and some excellent diving and dolphin-spotting too. We offer the Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, a wonderful luxury beach resort on the East Coast. Set in beautiful tropical gardens of almost 20 acres and 158 acres for the golf course, the hotel is surrounded by lush greenery making for a tranquil retreat. The beach itself is protected by an offshore coral reef making it ideal for swimming and water sports.

So now you can dream all about tropical islands in Africa and the Indian Ocean. You can find out much more on our lodge library at the top of the home page where you can find all our beach retreats or follow the link here. Or you could give us a call and let us know just what kind of place you are dreaming of and we can fix you up!

Posted by Ruth Bolton

 

Birdwatching in Africa

Most people visiting Africa think of safaris and the big game such as elephants, rhinos, lion and leopard. However the birdlife in Africa is absolutely stunning and there is a huge range of wonderful birdlife to be found in every country.  The green or rainy seasons are usually the best time for birdwatching and also tend to be the quietest and cheapest times to visit. Africa makes for a wonderful birding holiday and we can tailor-make some fantastic itineraries based around birdwatching in particular.

The continent is vast with a massive array of different habitats; from montane and rain forests, marshes and wetlands, deserts and salt pans, lush grasslands and soaring mountains and a very diverse coastline. You also have endemic birds specific to that country or those just passing through on their annual migrations. With so much to choose from we have narrowed it down with some ideas below.

South Africa

South Africa is home to the highest number of endemic bird species in the whole of mainland Africa due to its excellent climate and wide range of habitats. The Cape area is an excellent area for birdwatching with plenty of interesting and rare species attracted to the unique fynbos vegetation. In fact the Cape is an extremely important area as its unique habitat and vegetation is home to endemic bird species not found anywhere else. We offer stays at the De Hoop Nature Reserve and Grootbos Private Reserve which are both excellent birdwatching spots in the Cape. In fact most places along the Cape and the beautiful Garden Route offer great birdwatching opportunities to see species such as Salvin’s albatross, cormorants and large colonies of gannets. And we mustn’t forget the colony of African penguins at Boulder Bay.

In the Cape and all over South Africa you can see some fantastic birds of prey or raptors in places such as the Drakensberg Mountains, and in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. These include various vultures, eagles and falcons including the pygmy falcon and the African fish eagle.  And of course the world famous Kruger National Park is home to a vast array of wildlife including wonderful birdlife such as the intriguing Honeyguide Bird.

Botswana

To the north lies the enormous country of Botswana. Much of northern Botswana is a true wilderness with no signs of mankind for hundreds of miles and is home to huge amounts of wildlife including fabulous birds. In Botswana you have a complete contrast in habitat from the arid salt pans and the Kalahari Desert to the opposite extreme of the Okavango Delta and its vast tracts of wetlands, rivers, marshes and islands. Another great spot for birdwatching is the Chobe National Park which is a huge area of wilderness.  Most people head for the Okavango Delta and after the summer rains the birdlife really comes into its own in October and November when you will see lots of water loving species such as a variety of egrets, herons, cranes and storks. There are also plenty of smaller breeds including various babblers, finches and lark as well. If you are lucky you might even see the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl.

Namibia

Neighbouring Namibia is also home to some extreme opposites with arid deserts and the famous sand dunes of Sossussvlei to the wild and remote coastline which is home to large numbers of sea birds including cape cormorants, white pelicans and terns. The best time for bird watching in Namibia is actually during the rainy season, between November and April.  One of the best places to visit is the Etosha National Park which is home to vast salt pans that fill with rain during the winter and become home to large flocks of both pink flamingos and blue cranes.

The deserts of Namibia are also home to many species including plenty of birds of prey such as eagles, hawks and the only endemic bird species of Namibia, the dune lark. You can stay at our lodges and camps in Namibia which are all in excellent locations for birdwatching including the stunning Fish River Lodge overlooking one of the world’s biggest canyon and home to soaring raptors riding the thermals.

Zambia

The central location of Zambia means that it is home to a real mix of birds from all over Africa including birds from southern, eastern and central Africa.  It is also home to the unique shoebill which is highly sought after by birders. Again the rainy or green season over our winter months is the best time to go birdwatching and you can often see visiting species over-wintering here before heading north. Zambia is home to the best walking safaris and this means that keen birdwatchers can really make the most of getting up close to the local birdlife.

Malawi

Neighbouring Malawi is also home to some rare species mainly based around the shores of Lake Malawi and in its dense forests. This huge lake is more like an inland sea in terms of size and its shores are lined with all sorts of varied habitats including marshes, savannah and forests, which support a wide range of species.  The Shire River and the Liwonde National Park are excellent birdwatching places with some fantastic birds including Pel’s fishing owl.

Rwanda

Rwanda is not somewhere that people think of as a birdwatching destination as most people come here to see the endangered mountain gorillas. However, birdwatching in Rwanda is superb and it really is a must-see destination for birders. Despite its diminutive size Rwanda is home to over 600 species including the Albertine Rift endemic bird species. The best place to stay is the Nyungwe National Park which is set amongst the montane forest and home to 13 species of primates alone.

Kenya and Tanzania

Kenya and Tanzania are excellent destinations for a birdwatching holiday and Kenya is home to the second highest number of species in Africa. Kenya holds the world-record ‘bird watch’ – with 342 species seen in 24 hours! You can see everything from the famous flamingos of Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru to the vultures and maribou storks picking over the predators’ leftovers.  The famous national parks are not just home to the Big Five but also many birds including migrants such as swallows and various waders.  The Masai Mara is home to the rosy-throated longclaw and magpie shrike and the Samburu is home to the shining sunbird and pink breasted lark. In Tanzania the southern parks of Selous and Ruaha are excellent birding spots as they are vast and unspoilt and teeming with a variety of species. Over a thousand species have been recorded here including a good amount of endemic species such as Mrs Moreau’s warbler, Loveridge’s sunbird and the Usambara eagle-owl.

Mozambique

Mozambique is a huge country stretching along the east coast of Africa from Tanzania to the north down to South Africa in the south. It reaches inland to Lake Malawi and Zimbabwe and as such offers a huge range of landscapes and habitats.  For the most part it is lush and green with some great national parks such as Gorongosa  filled with big game and wonderful birdlife. The coastline, which stretches for more than 2,000 kms, provides a home for a vast array of birdlife from waders in the sandbanks and marshlands to the fishing species of the mangrove swamps and islands dotted off the coast and around the archipelagos. The Zambezi Delta is home to many rare and important species such as the mangrove kingfisher and the elusive but colourful African pitta.

You can find out more information on some of Africa’s finest birds on our website under our safari animal section.

Posted by Ruth Bolton