As with Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Panhandle areas, the Caprivi Strip offers outstanding year round birdwatching. Staying at lodges such as Impalila, Nkasa Lupala and Ndhovu exposes guests to a great range of colourful birdlife, both great and small. Water birds are abundant of course, with kingfishers, storks, herons, fish eagles and bee eaters tending to catch the eye most readily. There are also rarities such as wattled crane and slaty egret.
Birding excursions can be enjoyed from most of the lodges either by boat or on foot, with Impalila Island Lodge offering possibly the best dedicated birding programmes and guides. For real enthusiasts, evening boat trips are a must, with rare and less sociable species emerging to be easily picked out with a spotlight by your guide. Then there are guided walks on the islands amidst the lush waterways, which are both an effective way of finding the more timid, forest dwelling birds, and an intriguing overview of the topography of the area. A wealth of migrant birds arrive between November and April, a period that is widely regarded as the premier ornithological months of a first class birding area.