Birding Bonanza at Changa Safari Camp
The area is home to over 350 bird species and birding at Changa Safari Camp is a great experience all year round, but the peak time for birding is during the rains from November to March. Professional Guide, Sean Hind, shares why birding at Changa is such a special experience:
“Changa is ideally located on the north-eastern shoreline of Matusadona National Park giving you great access to explore the bays, islands and estuaries in this area, as well as the magnificent Sanyati Gorge. Look out for Fish Eagles, Ospreys and Darters in the petrified forests of the lake and Herons and Egrets hunting for fish on the shoreline.
A trip down the Sanyati Gorge always holds something special for bird lovers, especially in the rainy season when all the little waterfalls are flowing. I have had some amazing bird sightings here, including Giant Kingfishers catching and eating crabs, Verreaux’s Eagles, Black-crowned Night Heron and African Finfoot to name a few. Most memorably, I had my first ever sighting of a Pel’s Fishing Owl in the Sanyati Gorge - a rare and exciting find!
The camp itself is alive with birds. White-crowned Lapwings and Water Thick-Knee are a common sight on the panicum shoreline in front of the camp. Brown-hooded Kingfishers and Grey-headed Bushshrikes are regular visitors to the pool area and, in the scrub around the camp you will find Tchagras, Blue Waxbills and White-browed Scrub Robins.
Overall, birding at Changa Safari Camp can be very rewarding for any novice or serious birder.”
A little more about Changa Safari Camp:
Changa Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp offering a unique setting that boasts a beautiful blend of land, lake, beach and bush. The camp has 10East-African style tented suites, each with their own private veranda and outdoor bath and shower. Meals are a relaxed affair and usually take place in the dining room or under a canopy of trees on the vast wooden deck overlooking the lake. Intimate and romantic, simple and sophisticated, Changa offers the ideal base for travellers to immerse themselves in diverse eco-system that is the Matusadona National Park.
Contact Changa Safari Camp:
Tel: (+263 4) 498835-6
Originally published on the Classic Safari Africa blog by Claire Birtwhistle.
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