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Africa is made up of many beautiful habitats including wetlands, rainforests, lagoons, saltpans, savannahs and woodlands and on a bird watching holiday in Africa you will be guaranteed to view the myriad species of birds that live in these habitats. Observe flamingos, pelicans, eagles, buzzards, parrots, cranes, raptors, ostriches and many more against a backdrop of stunning scenery.

Blue-Breasted Kingfisher
Blue-Breasted Kingfisher

If you are interested in other wildlife then why not combine an African bird watching holiday with a safari and take the opportunity to see some of Africa’s other amazing creatures such as lions, rhinos, giraffes, zebra, elephants and hippos close up.
To complete your bird watching holiday, before you go book a trip to a bird sanctuary, park or attraction where you can get up close to birds in their natural habitats and have an experienced local guide point out some of the must-see species. Many bird parks are also involved in conservation programmes so you know your admission fee is being put to good use. Making your own arrangements can often work out cheaper than booking an organised bird watching holiday. Find out more about organising your own tailor-made bird watching holiday.
We have selected a fantastic range of African destinations that are ideal for a bird watching break. Alternatively, you can search Expedia's full range of holiday destinations to find the perfect bird watching holiday for you:


Bird Watching Holiday In The Gambia
Stay in one of the world’s best bird watching environments where there are 576 known species of birds - come and see how many you can identify. Just in your hotel grounds you're likely to spot blue breasted kingfishers, wattled plovers and wood hoopoes. The best season to visit The Gambia is October to May. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Ethiopia
No other aspect of Ethiopia’s biology typifies its unique situation more than its prolific and numerous bird fauna. Visit the Bale Mountains and find yourself spoiled for choice with over 830 recorded species and 23 species found nowhere else in the world. Of the ten bird families endemic to the African mainland, eight are represented in Ethiopia. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Rwanda
After the tragedies of its recent past, Rwanda is firmly back on the birding map and is often referred to as the land of a thousand hills. The magnificent Nyungwe Forest offers the finest birding in the Albertine Rift. Search for babblers, warblers and sunbirds in the montane forests. A trip to Rwanda can often be combined with a visit to Uganda, where the focus is on lowland forest species. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Swaziland
Raptors, which include eagles, hawks and vultures, are large predatory birds that have witnessed major population declines across much of Africa. There are projects to contribute to the conservation ecology of these birds in Swaziland and you can take part in activities include searching for nests, monitoring nesting success, tagging chicks, and capturing and tagging adults. Much of the current focus is on vultures and Marabou storks which, due to their particular lifestyle, are considered "honorary" raptors. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In The Seychelles
Bird Island offers a private island, Robinson Crusoe experience without the luxury resort experience and prices that usually goes with it. A nature lover’s paradise, the birdlife is spectacular here with large numbers of lesser and brown noddies, fairy terns and waders. You will also see giant tortoises, including Esmeralda, the largest in the world, and the hawksbill turtles that lay their eggs on the shore. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Botswana
The varied habitats of Botswana are ideal for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species with large concentrations of endangered wattled cranes, slaty egrets and lesser jacanas. Take part in a Migration Route or experience a nostalgic camping safari through private nature areas off the beaten path that recreates a sense of a wildlife viewing adventure reminiscent of the times of the early African explorers. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Kenya
The varied habitats of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya are home to a vast species of birds and wildlife including flamingos, storks, cranes, herons and birds of prey. If you’re looking for a lot of action in a small space a birding holiday to the Rift in Kenya is for you. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Zambia
There are a total of 750 species of birds in Zambia found in a range of environments, Visit South Luangwa National Park and the Mutinondo Wilderness for a truly brilliant Zambian bird watching experience and if you go late in the year watch out for the annual migration of the African fruit bat, the largest movement of mammals on earth. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Namibia
Namibia is up there as one of Africa’s best birding destinations with beautiful habitats such as Etosha Pan, a spectacular wildlife park, and the Caprivi Strip rich with birds and other wildlife. Look out for the endemic Dune Lark and the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl for a truly memorable experience. Read more ...



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