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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 15:40 -- abc_admin
Bohms_Bee_eater_Zambia

Boehm's Bee-eater Merops boehmi, Kasanka, Zambia

Image Credit: 
John Caddick

For a long time Zambia has been a well kept secret by those who live there and those who visit. However, this is changing rapidly as increasing numbers of birders and ecotourists are discovering this wonderful country. Zambia is safe and very friendly. It is accessible and the infrastructure is reasonable. It still supports huge areas of wilderness and it holds 750 species of bird, many of which are difficult to see anywhere else. Amongst its attractions are the spectacular Victoria Falls and some of the very best game-viewing safaris anywhere in the world. For birders, highlights include endless miombo woodland full of tantalising bird parties, vast wetlands, sweeping grasslands, the most southerly tracts of the great equatorial forests and some remote and challenging montane wilderness areas.

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of Zambia and its birds for birders interested in the country and potentially planning a visit. This account has been written by Pete Leonard and readers are welcome to submit contributions by e-mail toinfo@africanbirdclub.org. You should note that the names of birds used in this document are those of the African Bird Club checklist.

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