Birdwatching at Chundukwa

A birder’s paradise

The ideal base for your birding safari

Zambia is one of Africa’s top destinations for birding, with over 750 bird species recorded, of which nearly 120 are not found south of the Zambezi River.  Chundukwa’s location on the banks of the Zambezi provides ample opportunity for you to spot some of the unique bird species even if you never leave the lodge, – over 180 species of birds have been spotted here! From Giant Kingfishers (Megaceryle maxima) and Thick-Billed Weavers (Amblyospiza albifrons) nesting in the trees outside the chalets and around the lagoons, to Livingstone Turacos (Tauraco livingstonii) and the rare and elusive African Finfoot (Podica senegalensis) which are seen daily in the gardens, novice and experienced birders alike will find plenty to spot.

Our inclusive packages include a sunrise or sunset boat cruise, both offer great opportunities for birdwatching, with our skipper Victor who is trained in birding.  Early mornings and late afternoons are  particularly good for birders to explore the pathways around the lagoons in the lodge grounds.

We can also arrange special land and water birding expeditions with Chiinga, one of Zambia’s top birding guides.

When to come?

Around Chundukwa you will find plenty of bird species year-round, but for a birding safari, the best time of year for to visit Livingstone and Victoria Falls is between September and March when the migrating birds are in residence and the islands in front of the lodge are filled with many species of waterfoul.  From November onwards, the males are all in breeding plumage.

Top Ticks

The Black-Cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis) is one of Zambia’s two endemic species.  It is found in an area just 60km from Chundukwa, we can arrange a day trip for you. 

Other top species to add to your list are:

  • Coppery-tailed Coucal (Centropus cupreicaudus)
  • Chirping Cisticola (Cisticola pipiens)
  • Burchell's Starling (Lamprotornis australis)
  • Meve's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii)
  • Schalow's Turaco (Tauraco schalowi)
  • Rock Pratincole (Glareola nuchalis)
  • Paradise flycatchers (Terpsiphone)
  • African Pygmy Kingfishers (Ispidina picta)
  • Narina Trogons (Apaloderma narina)
  • Red Winged Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)
  • European Rollers (Coracias garrulus)
  • Spurwing Geese (Plectropterus gambensis)