TripReports Botswana Safari Tour October 2011

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36.LionThis Trip Report tells you our experiences of our first visit to Botswana. We made this "Recce Tour" in October 2011, accompanied by 5 brave fellow travellers

Tour Leader : Peter Jones
Local Guide : Kurt Mckenzie




Day One – October 14th
Arrival at Maun Airport – Thamalakane Lodge (20km)
The Group arrived in the midday heat of Maun. We transferred to the Lodge about 20km outside of Maun. After everyone was checked in and settled we travelled to Okavango River Lodge where we did an afternoon Boat cruise on the Thamalakane River. It’s hard to believe that we are on the river so close to town yet it is so tranquil. Sycamore Figs, Jackal Berries, Large fever Berries and Real Fan Palms were some of the tree’s lining the river. Some of the birds we saw were Open-billed Stork, African Crake, Hamerkop, Lilac-breasted Roller, African Fish Eagle, White-faced Whistling Duck, the beautiful African Pygmy Goose, Southern Pochard, Little Grebe (everywhere on the river), a couple of high flying Woolly-necked Stork, Intermediate Egret and of course many other heron species, Reed Cormorant and African Darter were very common, African Swamphen and wheeling overhead good numbers of Black-winged Pratincole, we saw so many more species and the grounds of the lodge also provided a good mixture of gardens and woodland, so more species were seen here too.

Day two – October 15th
Flight to Hainaveld and transfer to Central Kalahari Game Reserve (30min Flight & 80km Drive).
After a short transfer to Maun airport and an air transfer to Hainaveld we had an 80km drive to get to camp. Enroute from Hainaveld we passed through some burnt areas from the recent and current veld fires. With no shade we managed to find a burnt tree which gave a little shade for our lunch stop. Upon arriving at the entrance gate Matswire gate, there was a huge fire coming towards us. We had to leave the bird watching at the little water hole to try and get in front of the fire. On the way into camp we saw a few Gemsbok (ORYX), Springbok, Black Backed Jackal, Impala, Kudu and a male Honey Badger. Some of the birds we saw included Pale Chanting Goshawk, Common Scimitarbill, Bateleur, Marico flycatcher, Tawny Eagle, White Backed Vulture, Chestnut-vented Tit Babbler, common Ostrich, Swallow Tailed Bee eater, African Grey Hornbill, Black-backed Puffback, Black and Brown-crowned Tchagra, Southern Boubou, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Eastern Clapper Lark, Southern Pied Babbler, Chestnut-vented Warbler, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Southern Black Flycatcher, Purple-banded Sunbird and so many other species including several weaver species.

Day Three to four – October 16th - 17th
Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)
We had two full days in the CKGR where we spent time driving around Deception Valley, Deception Pan, Sunday Pan and headed towards Leopard Pan. We saw Honey Badger, Bat Eared Fox, Giraffe, Black Backed Jackal, Kudu, Lion, Steenbok, Blue Wildebeest, Oryx, Springbok, Silver Fox and Ground Squirrel. We had a cheeky little Silver Fox who came and visited our kitchen each night, but he didn’t find any food as it was all packed way! Some of the birds seen were Violet-eared waxbill, Barred wren Warbler, Kori Bustard, Northern Black Korhaan (White Quilled Bustard), Red-crested Korhaan, Fork-Tailed Drongo, Ground scraper Thrush, Crimson-Breasted Boubou (Shrike), Double-banded Courser, Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Pale Chanting Goshawk, a single Dark Chanting Goshawk, Spotted Thick-knee and so many weaver species. Around our camp we were kept constant companions by hornbills, Pied Crow, Chinspot Batis, Yellow-billed Kite, Crimson-breasted Shrike, starling species Marco Flycatcher and a host of other super birds.

Day Five – October 18th
Maun, Thamalakane Lodge (80km Drive & 40min Flight)
After an early start we headed back to the Hainaveld airstrip for the flight back to Maun. We drove through the burned areas again and at one point had a fire burning alongside us. It was also very windy, hot and dry. We all had a good sand blast from the wind and dust. On the way we saw a few Impala, Black Backed Jackal, Kudu, Slender Mongoose and Tree Squirrel. We also saw Red-necked Falcon, Pallid Harrier Helmeted Guinefowl, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Black Kite, Greater Kestrel and of course a mandatory stop so Peter could see ‘yet again’ his beloved wheatear the Capped Wheatear! It was freshen-up time at Thamalakane Lodge so by the afternoon everyone had had a shower or swim and were looking totally refreshed. We did an optional walk outside the Lodge grounds that was a bit disappointing, in one direction there were fenced off fields and in the other direction we saw very little, Green Wood Hoopoe, African Jacana, Jacobin Cuckoo and Bearded Woodpecker so we headed back to the sunset deck and saw a lot more from there including large flights of Open-billed Stork in excess of 100, several heron species and whistling duck.

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Day six to Seven – October 19th - 20th
Khwai, Moremi Game Reserve (25min Flight & 40km Drive).
After an Early morning Start we met everyone at Xakanaxa Airstrip in Moremi Game Reserve (MGR). We did a short transfer down to the boat station where we saw at the elusive Sitatunga Antelope. We did a 3 hour boat cruise looking for birds. The heronry was a little disappointing with only a few Yellow-billed Stork, Marabou Stork, Great Egret, Reed Cormorants and Grey Lourie. We also saw from the boat some Pygmy Geese, Black Tern and fish eagles. After lunch on Lechwe Island we headed back to the vehicle for our 3 hour game drive to camp. Along the way we saw Impala, Elephant, Kudu, Steenbok, Lion, Black-Backed Jackal and a lovely Leopard on the way back to Camp. Birds we saw included Broad-billed Roller, Gabar Goshawk, Arnots Chat, Long Crested Eagle and many other target species. On Day seven we saw plenty of game some of which were Red Lechwe, Impala, Elephant, Warthog, Tsessebe and many great birds including Pale Flycatcher, Spur-winged Goose, Wattled Crane, African Jacana, Swamp Boubou, African Hawk Eagle, African Spoonbill, African Palm Swift, Common Swift, White-rumped Swift, Purple Roller, several woodpecker species, Little Rush Warbler and a host of others.

Day eight to nine – October 21st - 22nd
Khwai (MGR) to Savuti Chobe National Park(120km Drive).
After another early start we headed north to Chobe National Park to the Savuti Region. It was a very long hot and tiring day, we saw many Elephants, Impala, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest (Gnu), Giraffe, Lions and Jackals. We also saw Spur winged Geese, White backed Pelicans, Yellow billed storks, Golden Breasted Bunting, Secretarybird, Black and Yellow-billed Kite, African Fish Eagle, Hooded, White-backed and Cape Vulture, Black-chested and Western-banded Snake Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Common Buzzard, Steppe Eagle, African Hawk Eagle and other raptors, what a day! On Day 9 we saw Elephant, Kudu, Impala, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Tsessebe, and Blue Wildebeest. We also had good sightings of Yellow-billed storks, White-backed Pelicans, Red billed Teal, Hottentot Teal, Wattled Crane, Common Buttonquail, Long-toed Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Black-winged and Collared Pratincole, Whiskered and White-winged Tern, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Southern Black Tit, Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, Olive-tree Warbler, several species of Cisticola, Arnot’s Chat, Red-headed Quelea, Red-headed Finch and the list just grew and grew......

Day ten to eleven – October 23rd - 24th
Savuti to Chobe River Front. (130km Drive)
We had a very early start and departure to try and beat the heat to get to our next camp. It was a long drive on mostly sandy roads with the short 30km tarred section before getting heavy sand again to our camp. Once at the new camp the trees were only starting to get their new leaves so there wasn’t much shade if any at all. We had our picnic lunch in the shade of the vehicle while we waited for the backup crew to arrive. We headed out in the late afternoon for a short game drive. We saw a big heard of Buffalo and Elephants in the distance, Impala, Lechwe and Kudu. On our way back to camp we had good view of a pride of Lion feeding on a recently baby Elephant kill, good to see the lions, but sad too, adding to the drama the pride were being harried by Spotted Hyena. We had good birds too with African Hawk Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Carmine Bee-Eater 00’s, Helmeted Guinefowl cheekily mobbing a Black-backed Jackal, Yellow-throated Canary, Scarlet-chested Sunbird and another host of new species included an unexpected Lesser-spotted Eagle. Day 11 saw us up bright and early. The area was such a great place for both game and birds, we couldn’t wait to get out and see how the lions had managed against the Spotted Hyena. It wasn’t long before we saw the pride had made a fresh kill, yet again a young Elephant. The old remains of yesterday’s kill was being pecked over by vultures and eagles. We had great views of a confrontation between a Tawny Eagle and an adult Bateleur, the later deciding to head butt the Tawny Eagle at which point the Tawny fell from his perch, superb! We had some good views of Impala, Warthog, Waterbuck, Chacma Baboons, Elephants, Giraffe, Roan Antelope and a good ending to the day with about 2000 Buffalo and large herds of Elephant, all providing a wonderful backdrop as we enjoyed chilled wine, beer and a magnificent sunset. We saw African Spoonbill, large flocks of White-backed Pelican and Open-billed Stork, Grey Herons, Grey Go-away Bird, Reed Cormorant, African Fish Eagle, Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Common Cuckoo, White-fronted Bee eater, Greater Honeyguide, Long-billed Crombec, White-bellied Sunbird, African and Plain-backed Pipit plus a flock of Black-throated Canary, so together with other species it had been another super day!

Day eleven – October 25th
Chobe River Front to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (75km to Border & 80km onto Victoria Falls)
Well today was a goodbye day to Botswana and all our friends at the camp, sad but we had to pack our bags and head off to Zimbabwe. We headed up to road to the tar transit road through the park into Kasane, along the way we saw many elephants, Warthogs and some Sable Antelope. We saw a few Ground Hornbills, Bateleur and Kites. Once we arrived at the Border we went through the Botswana Immigration pretty quickly and then took an hour to get our visa’s sorted at the Zimbabwe Border. Once all was done we said our farewells and everyone was transferred to their hotel in Victoria Falls for one night before heading home the following day, of course not before we managed a few more bird species!

Bird List

STRUTHIONIFORMES: Struthionidae
Common Ostrich Struthio camelus

GALLIFORMES: Numididae
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae
Crested Francolin Dendroperdix sephaena
Red-billed Spurfowl Pternistis adspersus
Swainson's Spurfowl Pternistis swainsonii
Harlequin Quail Coturnix delegorguei

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae
White-faced Whistling Duck Dendrocygna viduata
Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus
Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis
Knob-billed Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
African Pygmy Goose Nettapus auritus
Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha
Garganey Anas querquedula
Hottentot Teal Anas hottentota
Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae
Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis
African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhy. senegalensis
Marabou Stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus

PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
African Spoonbill Platalea alba

PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Striated Heron Butorides striata
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Ardea alba
Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia
Black Heron Egretta ardesiaca
Slaty Egret Egretta vinaceigula
Little Egret Egretta garzetta

PELECANIFORMES: Scopidae
Hamerkop Scopus umbretta

PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus

SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae
Reed Cormorant Microcarbo africanus

SULIFORMES: Anhingidae
African Darter Anhinga rufa

ACCIPITRIFORMES: Sagittariidae
Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius

ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius
African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus
White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus
Black-chested Snake Eagle Circaetus pectoralis
Brown Snake Eagle Circaetus cinereus
Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
African Marsh Harrier Circus ranivorus
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus
Dark Chanting Goshawk Melierax metabates
Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus
Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar
Shikra Accipiter badius
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina
Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis
African Hawk-Eagle Aquila spilogaster
Wahlberg's Eagle Hieraaetus wahlbergi
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Ayres's Hawk-Eagle Hieraaetus ayresii
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus
Long-crested Eagle Lophaetus occipitalis

FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae
Greater Kestrel Falco rupicoloides
Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus

OTIDIFORMES: Otididae
Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori
Red-crested Korhaan Lophotis ruficrista
Northern Black Korhaan Afrotis afraoides

GRUIFORMES: Rallidae
African Crake Crex egregia
Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostra
African Swamphen Porphyrio madagascariensis
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

GRUIFORMES: Gruidae
Wattled Crane Grus carunculata

CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae
Common Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae
Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus
Spotted Thick-knee Burhinus capensis

CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae
Long-toed Lapwing Vanellus crassirostris
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris

CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae
Greater Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis

CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae
African Jacana Actophilornis africanus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Ruff Philomachus pugnax

CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae
Double-banded Courser Rhinoptilus africanus
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae
Grey-hooded Gull Chroicoceph. cirrocephalus
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
Black Tern Chlidonias niger

PTEROCLIDIFORMES: Pteroclididae
Double-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus
Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae
Common Pigeon Columba livia
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea
European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Mourning Collared Dove Streptopelia decipiens
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Ring-necked Dove Streptopelia capicola
Laughing Dove Spilopelia senegalensis
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove Turtur chalcospilos
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis
African Green Pigeon Treron calvus

PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae
Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
Meyer's Parrot Poicephalus meyeri

MUSOPHAGIFORMES: Musophagidae
Grey Go-away-bird Corythaixoides concolor

CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae
Senegal Coucal Centropus senegalensis
Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus
Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae
Western Barn Owl Tyto alba

STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl Bubo lacteus
Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum

CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae
Rufous-cheeked Nightjar Caprimulgus rufigena

APODIFORMES: Apodidae
African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus

Common Swift Apus apus
African Black Swift Apus barbatus
White-rumped Swift Apus caffer

COLIIFORMES: Coliidae
Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus

CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae
Purple Roller Coracias naevius
Lilac-breasted Roller Coracias caudatus
Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus

CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater Merops hirundineus
Little Bee-eater Merops pusillus
White-fronted Bee-eater Merops bullockoides
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Southern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicoides

BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae
African Hoopoe Upupa africana

BUCEROTIFORMES: Phoeniculidae
Green Wood Hoopoe Phoeniculus purpureus
Common Scimitarbill Rhinopomastus cyanomelas

BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae
Bradfield's Hornbill Tockus bradfieldi
African Grey Hornbill Tockus nasutus
Southern Red-billed Hornbill Tockus rufirostris
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill Tockus leucomelas

BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucorvidae
Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri

PICIFORMES: Lybiidae
Acacia Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas
Black-collared Barbet Lybius torquatus
Crested Barbet Trachyphonus vaillantii

PICIFORMES: Indicatoridae
Greater Honeyguide Indicator indicator

PICIFORMES: Picidae
Bennett's Woodpecker Campethera bennettii
Golden-tailed Woodpecker Campethera abingoni
Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens
Bearded Woodpecker Dendropicos namaquus
PASSERIFORMES: Platysteiridae
Chinspot Batis Batis molitor

PASSERIFORMES: Prionopidae
White-crested Helmetshrike Prionops plumatus

PASSERIFORMES: Malaconotidae
Brown-crowned Tchagra Tchagra australis
Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus
Black-backed Puffback Dryoscopus cubla
Ethiopian Boubou Laniarius aethiopicus
Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus
Swamp Boubou Laniarius bicolor
Crimson-breasted Shrike Laniarius atrococcineus
Brubru Nilaus afer

PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae
Magpie Shrike Urolestes melanoleucus
Southern White-crowned Shrike Eurocephalus anguitimens
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris

PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae
Black-headed Oriole Oriolus larvatus

PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae
Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis

PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae
African Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis

PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae
Cape Crow Corvus capensis
Pied Crow Corvus albus

PASSERIFORMES: Paridae
Southern Black Tit Parus niger

PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae
Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana
Eastern Clapper Lark Mirafra fasciolata
Fawn-colored Lark Calendulauda africanoides
Sabota Lark Calendulauda sabota
Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix leucotis
Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix verticalis

PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae
African Red-eyed Bulbul Pycnonotus nigricans
Common Bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus
Dark-capped Bulbul Pycnonotus tricolor

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola
Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata
Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne fuligula
Common House Martin Delichon urbicum
Greater Striped Swallow Cecropis cucullata

PASSERIFORMES: Macrosphenidae
Long-billed Crombec Sylvietta rufescens

PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum

PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae
Little Rush Warbler Bradypterus baboecala

PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae
Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens
Levaillant's Cisticola Cisticola tinniens
Croaking Cisticola Cisticola natalensis
Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapilla
Desert Cisticola Cisticola aridulus
Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava
Black-chested Prinia Prinia flavicans
Barred Wren-Warbler Calamonastes fasciolatus
Green-capped Eremomela Eremomela scotops
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae
Arrow-marked Babbler Turdoides jardineii
Hartlaub's Babbler Turdoides hartlaubii
Southern Pied Babbler Turdoides bicolor

PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae
Chestnut-vented Warbler Sylvia subcaerulea

PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea
Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Meves's Starling Lamprotornis mevesii
Burchell's Starling Lamprotornis australis
Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio

PASSERIFORMES: Buphagidae
Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus

PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae
Groundscraper Thrush Psophocichla litsitsirupa

PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae
White-browed Robin-Chat Cossypha heuglini
Bearded Scrub Robin Erythropygia quadrivirgata
White-browed Scrub Robin Erythropygia leucophrys
Kalahari Scrub Robin Erythropygia paena
Arnot’s Chat Pentholaea arnotti
Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata
Familiar Chat Cercomela familiaris
Ant-eating Chat Myrmecocichla formicivora
Southern Black Flycatcher Melaenornis pammelaina
Marico Flycatcher Bradornis mariquensis

PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae
Collared Sunbird Hedydipna collaris
Amethyst Sunbird Chalcomitra amethystina
Scarlet-chested Sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis
Marico Sunbird Cinnyris mariquensis
Purple-banded Sunbird Cinnyris bifasciatus
White-bellied Sunbird Cinnyris talatala

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver Plocepasser mahali
Great Sparrow Passer motitensis
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow Passer diffusus

PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Bubalornis niger
Scaly-feathered Weaver Sporopipes squamifrons
Southern Brown-throated Weaver Ploceus xanthopterus
Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus
Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus
Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes rubriceps
Red-headed Quelea Quelea erythrops
Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea

PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae
Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba
Red-headed Finch Amadina erythrocephala
Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala
Blue Waxbill Uraeginthus angolensis
Violet-eared Waxbill Uraeginthus granatinus
Black-faced Waxbill Estrilda erythronotos

PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
African Pied Wagtail Motacilla aguimp
African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus
Buffy Pipit Anthus vaalensis
Plain-backed Pipit Anthus leucophrys

PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae
Black-throated Canary Crithagra atrogularis
Yellow-fronted Canary Crithagra mozambica
Yellow Canary Crithagra flaviventris

PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting Emberiza tahapisi
Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris

Mammal List

Aardvark
Aardwolf
Antelope Roan
Antelope Sable
Baboon Chacma
Badger Honey
Buffalo
Bushbaby Lesser
Bushbaby Thick-tailed
Bushbuck
Bushpig
Cane-Rat Greater
Caracal
Cat Wild, African
Cheetah
Civet
Dassie Rock
Dog Wild
Duiker Common
Duiker Red
Eland
Elephant African
Fox Bat-eared
Genet Large-spotted
Genet Small-spotted
Giraffe
Grysbok Sharpe's
Hare Cape
Hartebeest Lichtenstein's
Hippopotamus
Hyaena Spotted
Impala
Jackal Black-backed
Jackal Side-striped
Klipspringer
Kudu
Mammal List
Leopard
Lion
Mongoose Banded
Mongoose Dwarf
Mongoose Grey, Large
Mongoose Slender
Mongoose Water
Monkey Vervet
Mouse Multimammate, Natal
Oribi
Otter cape, Clawless
Pangolin
Peter's Epauletted Bat
Polecat Striped
Porcupine
Reedbuck Common
Rhebok Grey
Rhinoceros Black
Rhinoceros White
Serval
Springhare
Squirrel Tree
Steenbok
Suni
Tsessebe
Warthog
Waterbuck
Wildebeest Blue
Zebra Burchell's
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