I first visited the Zambezi Coutades to bird in 2015 and for the last four years I have spent time there over the November/ December period with friends birding. The area has made a huge impression on me and I have enjoyed each visit as if it were my first.
Mark Haldane of Zambeze Delta Safaris has suggested I spend time in Coutade 11 over the November early December period guiding friends and clients on the birding front which I am going to do commencing November 2019.
I believe one needs to spend five nights in camp to cover the area and to do the birding justice.
The logistics of getting to the Mungari Camp in Coutade 11 entails flying from Johannesburg to Beira with Airlink who operate a daily flight and then from Beira to camp on a Safari Air Charter flight which takes approximately fifty minutes.
Accommodation is in double ensuite safari tents which are fully serviced and laundry is done on a daily basis.
The all-in cost ex Beira for five nights inclusive of all meals and drinks is R26 250.00 per person. This excludes any staff gratuities.
As you may well be aware I am already putting together Birding/Wildlife trips into Coutada 11 in the Zambezi Delta in Central Mozambique in the November/December period and am also looking at taking a couple of groups into Coutada’s in late May when it is cooler and when there is a selection of late breeding birds that are still in breeding plumage at that time.
I have recently returned from a very successful. trip into the Coutada’s where I got Zambezi Indigo bird, Black Eared Seedeater, Black Winged Bishop, Long Tailed and Broadtailed, Paradise Whydah all in breeding plumage and also Lesser Seedcracker and a good selection of the non-migratory species from the area.
Friends of mine have an interest in Robins Camp in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe which has been totally refurbished and looking quite magnificent, plus two new camps also in Hwange Game Reserve and they have given me the opportunity of putting together a few groups of Birders in the latter part of summer to still catch the migrants before they leave and to miss the height of the rainy season.