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The Following Reports are available from Zimbabwe:
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Zimbabwe (including parts of Botswana & South Africa) 18 February - 5 March, 2000

  • Having had such a brilliant time in Cape Province in February / March 1999, we were keen to make a return visit to Southern Africa this year.. a quick look through the SASOL field guide quickly convinced me that there was a nice long list of birds to aim for in Zimbabwe, and we certainly weren't disappointed. Gruff Dodd reports (This report is very thorough and therefore big.)

Zimbabwe and Botswana August 1997

  • In August 1997 I spent more than three weeks in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The main objective of the trip was to see as many birds as possible, but the great wonder of both countries is not just the birds, but a second, almost equal feature, the game. The main sites visited in Zimbabwe were Lake Chivero (McIlwaine) Recreation Park, Gosho Park Nature Reserve, The Vumba Mountains, Gonarezhou National Park, Matopos (Matobo) Park, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls... Jan Vermeulen reports (another big report)

Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe 1998

  • This is a report on my visit to Southern Africa this autumn. This was my third visit to the region, I visited Zimbabwe in 1993 and Cape Town/Zimbabwe in 1996. On this trip the first part was an overland tour of Namibia, followed by two days in Botswana and finally a week in Zimbabwe...David Kelly reports
Cape Town - Zimbabwe. Oct. '96
  • This trip report covers my second trip to southern Africa. I am lucky that my wife, Lillian, has a sister in Harare which makes visiting the region easier than for most people. A total of c.290 species were seen, of which 129 were new to me...David Kelly Reports

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Some Useful bird books for Zimbabwe:
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Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa
Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe: Buy from or

  • This field guide to a spectacular region for birding covers all the resident, migrant and vagrant birds of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, describing a remarkable 1388 species. The plates show 3400 images illustrating all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Set opposite the plates are concise descriptive accounts describing identification, status, range, habits and voice, and range maps for each 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.

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara: A Comprehensive Illustrated Field Guide
Ian Sainclair, 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).

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 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. Distribution information is shown by means of a colour map, and the whole book is colour-coded according to the different bird groups. Probably the best of the current guides.

Recommended travel books for Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwe and Botswana: the Rough Guide
Barbara McCrea: Buy from or

  • This guide to Zimbabwe and Botswana includes coverage of Victoria Falls - the adventure and safari capital of Southern Africa - and Okavango Swamp. There are details on travelling independently and on organized tours, covering every angle from hotels and restaurants to health and safety. The wildlife guide contains information on each species, and accounts of the region's ancient sights, ranging from the rock art of the Tsodilo Hills to the stone palaces of Great Zimbabwe.


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Birds of Southern Africa
With so many different habitats in Southern Africa, the bird life is diverse with over 950 species...

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