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The Top Places In Africa To Go Birding While On Safari

When most people think of heading to Africa for a vacation, they think of going on a safari to take in the famous animals such as elephants, lions, cheetah, leopard, and rhino. However, Africa is also home to thousands of different bird breeds and makes a fantastic destination for any level of birder. Where are the top destinations in Africa to go birding while on safari?

South Africa

South Africa is one of the most popular destinations for safari lovers in Africa, and for bird lovers, it's a definite must as well. South Africa is one of the largest countries on the continent with a wide range of landscapes to enjoy from the mountain ranges of the Drakensberg Mountains to white sand beaches.

South Africa boasts the big 5 animals to enjoy on safari (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and buffalo) but they also have hundreds of different bird species. They do have a slight change of seasons, so it's definitely a place to come back at varying times during the year to make sure you increase your chances of seeing the most birds.


Tanzania is located in East Africa and is one of the homes of the Serengeti where the famous animal migration of zebra and wildebeest takes place every year. Tanzania is home to the many species of animals you can find in South Africa, but it also has animals such as Topi, and you are more likely to see cheetah here on the flatlands than in South Africa. The country is home to the famous Mount Kilimanjaro.,

Tanzania is home to hundreds of bird species such as flamingos and many more. If you book a tour with a bird guide company like Green Maya, you can see more of them.


Uganda boasts the most diverse amount of bird species in Africa as well as the most diverse amount of animals to see on safari. Here, you can see the shoebill stork and the Albertine Rift endemics. You can also see the green-breasted pitta. Aside from some of the famous cats, you can see gorillas, chimpanzees, and monkeys. Uganda is home to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is famous for its mountain gorillas. You can also see the famous Lake Victoria here, as well as a source for the Nile known as Jinja.


Namibia is known for its uniqueness in both animal diversity and landscape. It has the world's oldest desert, Namib, which is thought to be millions of years old. The desert has the highest sand dunes in the world, and you can find them in a brilliant red color. The country has desert mountains that run along the Namibian Escarpment, and here you can find rhinos and desert elephants. One of the world's largest game parks is also here; it is known as Etosha National Park.

Here, you can potentially see the Pel's Fishing Owl and the slaty egret.