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The Following Reports are available from Malawi:
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Malawi October 14th - November 2nd 2005

  • For birders who have already visited parts of Southern and Eastern Africa, Malawi is a worthy destination offering the chance to find many species which are relatively difficult to access elsewhere in their ranges.  Situated in southern-central Africa, it is a relatively small land-locked country that nonetheless boasts a bird list of over 600 species due to the diversity of its habitats.....Greg Baker reports

Malawi November 2002

  • A fairly comprehensive trip, covering most of Malawi's birding hotspots, was undertaken from 10 November to 1 December 2002. The trip was tailor-made for a group of fairly hardcore British birders, most of whom had birded quite extensively in Africa before. Thus, emphasis was placed on range-restricted species and miombo endemics...Warren McCleland reports.

Malawi July 1999

  • In July 1999 I spent more than three weeks in Malawi and the Luangwa Valley in Zambia...The main objective of the trip was to see as many birds as possible. The two major habitats we covered during our visit were (Brachystegia) woodland and montane forests....We recorded 367 species during this time.. Jan Vermeulen gives his very detailed report.


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Some Useful bird books for Malawi:
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Birds of Africa South of the Sahara: A Comprehensive Illustrated Field Guide
Ian Sinclair, Peter Ryan: Buy from or

  • This book is the first time ever that a field guide is aiming for the whole region - from 20 deg N up to 200 nautical miles off the continent shores (including Socotra but not Madagascar, Seychelles and other Indian and Atlantic Ocean Islands). It is easily the best field guide for Malawi, although it is heavy to carry around in the field.

Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife : Southern Africa
Luke Hunter, Susan Rhind: Buy from or

  • This guide covers more than 100 top bird and wildlife-watching destinations, in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, from capital city day trips to dozens of national parks. Each destination has a map to the best sites and detailed itineraries. The 100 page wildlife gallery (mainly birds and mammals) is a delight to read and for each group of species there is a "hotspots" caption picking out the key sites...recommended, especially as a pre-trip planner.

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Jonathan Kingdon: Buy from

  • Superb, concise and compact enough to use in the field. All the mammals you are ever likely to encounter on a trip to africa. For anyone with an interest in African mammals, there really is no substitute. More than 700 illustrations by the authoritive and acclaimed Jonathon Kingdon.

Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Eastern Africa
Ber Van Perlo: Buy from or

  • I took this book with me for a two week family holiday in Kenya where I visited Tsavo game parks, coastal regions and also went on a bush walk near Mombasa. As a beginner to African birds I found the illustrations and brief descriptions very helpful and in some cases it was superior to the larger reference books that I had studied before I went.

Where to Watch Birds in Africa
Nigel Wheatley: Buy from or

  • One of a series of guides devoted to birdwatching, this book contains site accounts, plans, maps, lists of birds in the regions and advice on planning bird-watching trips. It deals with over 200 sites in detail, and mentions many others. Each country is covered alphabetically, including archipelagos and isolated islands off the African mainland, for example, the Azores. Bird lists are included under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities", "Others" and also "Other Wildlife", if relevant. Access details are given, often with detailed site maps. The emphasis of the book is "bird finding", that is, where to go for the "best" species.

Recommended travel books for Malawi:

Guide to Malawi
Philip Briggs: Buy from or

  • "In 1976 I had one of my happiest mountain experiences. I spent three days on Mount Mulanje, staying in self-service mountain lodges, seeing spectacular scenery, amazing vegetation, and indulging in some easy hiking. And this was Africa! Even if this had been my only experience in Malawi I would have been hooked, but it was followed by idle days on and by the lake, talking to some of the most friendly, laid-back people in the world.
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