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Weavers, babblers, starlings and storks: Birding in Sabi Sand

Weavers, babblers, starlings and storks: these are but a couple of the feathers you’ll see on your visit to the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.

The prime shoebill spots in Uganda

Also referred to as a “King whale-head” because of its enormous head size, the shoebill stork is named after its shoe-like bill which can grow up to 24cm in length and 20cm in width. Even though they can weigh up to 6kg, they can stand quite easily on floating vegetation while hunting for fish.

Uganda – the birder’s paradise


With 1,057 bird species, Uganda constitutes 50% of the Africa’s bird species and 11% of the global bird species count which makes her a complete birders’ paradise!

Top 7 tips for beginner birders


Birding takes practice, but these seven tips from Bushwise will help you to identify birds at a quick glance.

The beautiful Ishasha region of Uganda


From seeing tree-climbing lions to relaxing on a river cruise – here are some reasons why you should visit the Ishasha Region of Uganda.

Video: green season brings South Luangwa back to life.

Green season is in full swing in South Luangwa and with it the birds are brimming in this birders paradise.

Finding Africa’s rarest parrot – Cape Parrots in Magoebaskloof

A birding trip into the Magoesbaskloof in Limpopo, South Africa to find Africa’s rarest parrot

Birding and nature weekends at The Cavern

It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise at The Cavern, situated in the heart of the Drakensberg foothills.

Photographing giant kingfishers in Botswana

A giant kingfisher doesn’t quite get what he bargained for in Botswana!

The return of the southern carmine bee-eaters

Mid-August onwards heralds the arrival of the southern carmine bee-eaters in South Luangwa, painting the sky with a brilliant blur of colour.

The surprising diversity of Tokai Forest

You never know who you’ll bump into at Tokai Forest in Cape Town!

Birding in the Okavango

Do you love birds? Then get yourself to the Okavango – pronto!

Birds, great apes, and so much more in Uganda

A trip of a lifetime to Uganda with spectacular sightings of birds, great apes, and so much more.

5 alternatives to game drives on safari


Ditch the game drive and get up close with nature on your next safari with these alternatives.

A walk on the wild side in Kruger

Explore the Kruger National Park like never before and discover all that Africa has to offer on a walking safari.

Book Review: Birds of Uganda

A fantastic memento for birders, ‘Birds of Uganda’ makes the perfect accompaniment to any safari in the ‘Pearl of Africa’.

Uganda’s 10 best birding spots

The 10 best birding spots in Uganda!

The feisty, fearless and clever fork-tailed drongo

The fork-tailed drongo proves it’s all about attitude and adaptability when it comes to scoring an easy meal.

Birding in Botswana

The abundance of birds in Botswana will have twitchers on the edge of their seat!

The beauty of birds

Birding: appreciating the little feathered things while on safari at Rhino River Lodge in KwaZulu Natal.

Kakamega: An avian wonderland in Kenya

Father and son explore the Kakamega forest in western Kenya as a final birding adventure together to mark the start of a new chapter.

A birding paradise in East Africa

With the Guinness World Record for the highest number of bird sightings over a 24-hour period, Kenya is a twitcher’s dream come true!

Southern carmine bee-eaters are back in South Luangwa

South Luangwa National Park is well known for its colonies of colourful southern carmine bee-eaters, a summer migrant to Zambia.

UK rejects visa for Ugandan bird guide to attend BirdFair

A curious visa decision leads to a Ugandan bird guide not being able to attend the UK Bird Fair, which would mean missing out on an important way to spread the word about birding and wildlife tourism in the African country.

Newly weds visit Ndumo

ndumo game reserve

Jeff and Kerryn go birding on the Mozambican border at Ndumo Game Reserve.

Samburu National Park’s top 10 birds

Your Samburu birding bucketlist!

Meet the rock pratincole

All about the rock pratincole, a unique little bird whose southern range ends on the Kavango, Chobe and Zambezi rivers in the Caprivi Strip.

Binocular review: Bushnell Excursion HD 10×42

A detailed review of the Bushnell Excursion HD 10×42 binoculars from an Africa Geographic guide in the field.

Birds, wild dogs, leopards and Scott in the Kruger

Scott learns to appreciate the smaller creatures and more stationary objects in the Kruger, when he can’t find a leopard.

Bookings open for Sasol/Addo Birding Weekend

The SANParks Honorary Rangers at Addo Elephant National Park will be hosting its 6th annual Addo Birding Bonanza on 31 Oct – 2 Nov 2014.

Kenya’s magical forest – the Arabuko Sokoke

Jeremy sets out birding in Arabuko Sokoke forest, a fragile green jewel of Kenya’s coastline.

Breaking records for the love of birds

John Kinghorn set aside 2014 as his Big Birding Year, determined to break the record for the youngest person to see 800 bird species within a calendar year in the Southern African sub region.

Our Weekly Top 5 bird photographs

Each week we select the top 5 photographs submitted by you via our Facebook birding page, Africa Geographic Birds. So if you have any photos that you think have what is takes, please feel free to post them on our wall.

Our Weekly Top 5 bird photographs

Each week we select the top 5 photographs submitted by you via our Facebook birding page, Africa Geographic Birds. So if you have any photos that you think have what is takes, please feel free to post them on our wall.

Our Weekly Top 5 bird photographs

Each week we are looking for the top 5 photographs submitted to us via our Facebook birding page, Africa Geographic Birds. So if you have any photos you think has what is takes, please feel free to post them on

10 photos of Birds celebrating Valentine's Day

Nothing says I love you like… 1. An affectionate greeting after a long time apart.   2. A peck on the bill.   3. Sharing a meal.   4. Dressing to impress   5. Whispering sweet nothings.   6. A

The 10 Most Remarkable Birds in Ghana

Here they are – the most interesting and sought-after birds in all of Ghana according to Africa Geographic travel director Christian Boix. For the opportunity to see these birds, join Africa Geographic’s unique birding expedition to Ghana. Enquire here.  

10 Essential Things to do on Safari in Tanzania

1. Witness the migration – nothing compares to seeing hundreds of wildebeest thundering by in unison across the plains. 2. Bird watching – try any of the amazing parks for great diversity in the bird life. 3. Visit the incomparable

Thieves, Chiefs and Okavango dreaming!

9th -14th  November  A spot of bad luck. One of the great things about this road trip is seeing how the terrain changes. Heading into the Kavango region and things are looking a lot greener than the warm hues I

Packing your book bag for safari

It’s not my intention to cause any safari guides to lose their jobs, but sometimes it`s just nice to be able to identify whatever creature (or plant) you come across for yourself. And unless you happen to have a photographic

Eyes wide open

It is a well known fact that the two species of oxpecker that occur in southern Africa, the red-billed and the yellow-billed, both feed on parasites that live on or in some of the larger plant-eating mammals that they share

Fruits of my Labour

I was recently sent out to Savuti camp to lend a hand to the camp managers.  I used to be a camp manager but I much preferred guiding, and nothing has changed with that. I never found it too much

Jacis Lodges
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