The Caprivi Strip is a narrow finger of land belonging to Namibia but extending 280 miles further east than the rest of the country. The German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi bargained with the British to get this strip of land so they could have access to the mighty Zambezi River and thus a route to the east coast of Africa – the only problem being that Victoria Falls stands in the way. Travel photographer Ted Stedman visited Namibia earlier this year and came back with these winning shots of birds he encountered.
Situated high on a prominent, historical sand dune overlooking the Okavango River, vast floodplains and neighboring Angola, Shamvura Camp is one of Namibia’s most popular birding destinations. At the western end of the Caprivi Strip, Shamvura and neighboring areas are home to some 400 species of birds including many sought-after specialties. In 2011, I embarked on a four-month backpacking trip through Africa. Nearly a quarter of my time was spent volunteering at Shamvura Camp and it remains today as one of my favorite birding spots in southern Africa.
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