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The Following Reports are available from Zambia:
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Birding Ecotours

Zambia: In search of the Shoebill
10th to 24th May 2007

A Red-billed Francolin made it’s appearance barely meters away from a Lioness which lay in ambush, waiting for a herd of Buffalo coming down to drink. Huge flocks of Collared Pratincole came in to land and a stunning Malachite Kingfisher sat sunning itself meters away...Chris Lotz reports for Birding Ecotours

Zambia December 2002

  • The following report describes a 10-day trip to Zambia in December 2002 made by the two of us and six other birders from South Africa and Namibia, in December 2003....Gonçalo Elias reports

Zambia 22nd Nov - 7th Dec. 1997

  • "Assisted Pete with some ringing, leaving at 09:00.  Continued north to Ndola/Kitwe.  Pete directed me to the only Zambian endemic, Chaplin's Barbet (Lybius chaplini)...." Giles Mulholland reports from a South African perspective.

Luangwa Valley in Zambia July 1999

  • This report is primarily about Malawi, however in July 1999 Jan Vermeulen did a side trip to the Luangwa Valley in Zambia... here he gives his report.

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Some Useful bird books for Zambia:
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The Larger Illustrated Sasol Guide to Birds of Southern Africa
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  • This new edition of "Sasol Birds" is larger in both size and extent; a new section deals with the identification of "problem species", or those which are difficult to tell apart. Intended for use in the field, the text is pitched at a level to appeal to beginners, although the detail suggests it may also be of interest to more serious and professional birdwatchers.

Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Southern Africa
Ber van Perlo: Buy from or

  • This field guide illustrates and describes every species of bird found in the Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Angola (including Cabinda). Featuring over 1250 species, the text details the kind of habitat the birds are found in, key identification features and notes on the songs and calls of each species. The 84 colour plates appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Maps are included for each species

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.

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

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.

Recommended travel books for Zambia:

Lonely Planet : Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia
David Else: Buy from or

  • This guide to Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia aims to show the traveller how to see as much as they want on a reasonable budget. It includes climate charts, information on outdoor activities, accommodation and a highlights section to help travellers decide where to go to suit their interests.


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Nchila Wildlife reserve

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