Rainbow Of Migratory Birds In Botswana

14 November 2009 | Jo Jenkins | Safari and Beach News, Botswana

Green season in Botswana marks the time of year when the bush and its surrounds turn into bright colours. The season also welcomes the arrival of newborn animals and several migratory birds such as Woolley Necked Stocks, Yellow Billed Kites and the “rainbow birds”, the Southern Carmine Bee Eaters. These strikingly coloured birds are very sociable, gathering in large flocks. Their breeding season, between August and November, is spent in Chobe National Park. They move onto South Africa in the summer months and the rest of the year is spent in Equatorial Africa. The Chobe floodplains have also been home to some of the largest gatherings of buffalo and elephant this season. Just this past week Kebby, one of our guides, counted close to five hundred buffalos and almost three hundred elephants, a movement triggered by the onset of rains.

Written by Jo Jenkins

Jo’s enthusiasm for safari as a child when her parents worked in Zambia, then Kenya. Jo quickly fancied herself as a safari expert and has been a keen game tracker ever since. Although, more recently, she is very keen to trial many of the (more luxurious) beach lodges we now offer.

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