The mark of a good vacation is in the memories and snapshots you capture on your adventures to carry with you. Any one of JG Black Book Collection’s safaris lodges or adventure tours offer a number of different excursions and opportunities to get up close and personal with the rare wildlife of the region. Our favorite new activity is birdwatching – from sunrise or sunset boat cruises to exclusive excursions, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to spot and snapshot these exotic species. Read below for a roundup of our top birdwatching adventures!
If you stay at Elsa’s Kopje Meru of the Elewana Collection, you’ll discover the diversity of habitats that lend themselves to the variety of avifauna found in Meru. Meru is known as a birdwatching hotspot in Kenya. Comprised of rivers, woodland, forest, and grassland plains, the area has become the perfect environment for many different bird species and other wildlife to settle. On any given day, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a number of the 400+ species of birds recorded in Meru. A few birds to watch out for include the Pel’s fishing owl, migrating Falcons, nesting Augur buzzards, and Red-billed hornbills or von der Decken’s hornbills, which reside inside the camp.
Located on the banks of the mighty Ruaha River, Azura Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania is a wonderful destination for keen bird spotters. On a sunset boat cruise, your knowledgeable guide will draw your attention to the different species of bee-eaters nesting on the riverbank. You can watch African skimmers dive into the shallow waters after their prey, while nesting African fish eagles emit their distinctive call. Giant Goliath herons and Storks tread gently through the muddy waters snapping up small fish. On your early morning game drive, keep your eyes and ears peeled for Palm-nut vultures, Southern ground hornbills and Crested guineafowls. No matter what time of year you visit Azura Selous Game Reserve, its abundant birdlife promises some unique and memorable sightings.
Imagine waking up at 6:00 AM when the first ray of light is peeking through the curtain of your room on Delfin Amazon Cruises. With a cup of freshly brewed coffee in your hand, hop on board a speedboat down the Amazon River and embark on the ultimate birdwatching adventure. There are nearly 450 different bird species in the Amazon area. Seeing them in flocks of hundreds at a time is guaranteed to be an experience like no other.
At any of the Volcanoes Safaris lodges, birdwatching is a must. Both Uganda and Rwanda offer some of the world’s best bird watching, home to a vast diversity of bird species. Uganda has over 1,000 bird species, 150 of which don’t live anywhere else in the world. Rwanda has over 700 bird species and is home to the second highest number of Albertine endemic birds in the Albertine region. No matter which lodge you choose, Volcanoes Safaris will show you unique bird species you won’t find anywhere else.