Where else can a search for 1,061 bird species be combined with an hour observing mountain gorillas, a morning tracking chimpanzees, an afternoon with hippos and Nile crocodiles as you cruise down the Victorian Nile, and a safari tour to see the incredible megafauna associated with the East African savannah? Where else can a ‘Jurassically’ tall gray stork, with a massive bill, send you a death stare from beyond a sea of papyrus? And where can your search for great apes be magnified by a herd of wild forest elephants, or topped off with crippling views of one of Africa's rarest skulking birds, the Green-breasted Pitta?
Each month is peak birding season somewhere on our planet. Chris Lotz reveals how he'd make 2015 a perfect birding year - if he didn't have to do office work!
The luminescent colors of the African Pitta are unbelievable. But until recently, hardly anyone had actually laid eyes on this bird: even top regional listers could not find one. This legendary elusiveness turned this species into the Holy Grail of African birding. This is my quest story.
In Birding the Dark Continent of Africa, I provided an overview of this superb continent. Now I will suggest my opinions for the first 10 African countries to visit, in descending order of priority. Most first-time visitors to Africa understandably also wish to see the megafauna, so it makes sense to narrow it down to southern… Read more »
In Birding the Dark Continent of Africa, A Continental Overview, I covered this fascinating continent with a broad brush stroke. If you select your travel destinations as a lister - where you will pick up certain species--the following list of Africa’s Top 10 Birds and Where To See Them will help plan your next excursion… Read more »