Bird Viewing:


Ecological zones such as riverine forests, riparian woodlands, grasslands and floodplains between Island View Lodge and Impalila Island provide ideal habitats for a prolific diversity of bird species amongst which are the real  ’hotties’ that are enough to whet any birders appetite.

Birds of special interest to guests travelling on the  ‘SHAMWARI’ are Slaty Egrets, Goliath Herons, White-backed Night-Herons,  Pygmy Geese, Lesser Moorhens, Allen’s Gallinules, Lesser Jacanas, White-crowned Lapwings, Long-toed Lapwings, Collared and Black-winged Practincoles, African Skimmers, Schalow’s Turacos, White-browed and Senegal Coucals, Giant and Grey-headed Kingfishers, Carmine Bee-Eaters, Bradfield’s Hornbills, Hooded Vultures, Ospreys, Bateleurs, Western-banded Snake-Eagles, Martial Eagles, Long-crested Eagles, African and Ayres’s Hawk-Eagles, Pallid Harriers and of course the ever present and vocal African Fish Eagles. 

Numerous heronries can be seen in the reedbeds and here Rufous-bellied Herons, Slaty Egrets, White -backed and Green-backed Night Herons, Purple Herons, Little Bitterns and numerous other heron species congregate to breed.  

Sheltered backwaters and lagoons can be explored by tenderboat and are the perfect localities to see African Jacanas  , African Finfoots, Red-knobbed Coots,  Common and lesser Moorhens, Purple Swamp Hens, Black Crakes, Spotted Crakes,  Ballions Crakes, Lesser Jacanas and African Rails. 

Shimmering white sandbanks are populated by a variety of species of Lapwings, Plovers, Storks, Stilts, Sandpipers, Stints, Ducks and Geese and it is not uncommon to see flocks of African Open-bill Storks and Collared Pratincoles roosting here in their thousands.

A special treat for birding enthusiasts are the numerous breeding colonies of Carmine Bee-Eaters to be seen along the river banks. These colourful birds arrive in mid August in their thousands to breed and can be seen at sunset roosting at their burrow entrances creating a kaleidoscope of colour. A visit to this wetland paradise where in excess of 430 bird species can be seen is a memorable experience.

Dark Chanting Goshawk
Tawny Eagle
Little Egret
Lilac Breasted Roller
White Fronted Bee-eaters
Schallow's Turaco (Lourie)
Bateleur
Martial Eagle
African Jacana on Nest
Ground Hornbill
Sacred Ibis
Southern Carmine Bee-eaters
Hooded Vulture
African Skimmer
African Fish Eagle
Slaty Egret
Malachite Kingfisher
Yellow-billed Hornbill
Wood Owl
White Fronted Bee-eater
Carmine Bee-eater
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