“If you are yearning for the unfamiliar, chasing new and exciting species, the mind boggles at the sheer variety of birds one stands to see around Africa”
Few activities send the senses into high alert quite like birding. A call from a thicket, the flash of feathers on the ground, in the water, and in the sky can transform the outdoors from peaceful repose and seemingly ‘empty’ landscape to avian rock concert depending on your enthusiasm. And, without question, bird-watching presents a superlative excuse to go on an African bird tour safari.
If you ever needed a reason to go birding in as many places as possible, Simon Barnes says it perfectly in his wonderful book The Meaning of Birds: “A bird is the place it lives in. It eats the place. It makes the sound of the place. The sighting of a bird gives you, the watching human, an instant understanding of the place you find yourself in. We often claim that a bird is the spirit or the embodiment of the place. Birds, more than any other living things, define the place they live in for the human observer. […] Birds unite the mobile human with the places we travel to and then they reward us all over again when we return home.”