For anyone planning an African birding trip in the near future

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Subject: For anyone planning an African birding trip in the near future
From: "Giles Mulholland" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 12:58:03 +0200
I have just returned from an 8-week birding trip, and so have some up to date 
info on some of the less travelled areas in Africa.  Having taken my own 
Landrover, I cannot help on any organised birding tour info, but for those who 
like a do-it-yourself trip, I should be able to help.  A full trip report will 
be produced - but it is still probably two months away - at least.

For the section from SOUTH AFRICA through BOTSWANA and NAMIBIA, I have nothing 
special - I drove it in 2 days.

However, for ANGOLA, DRC (extreme west), CONGO (Brazzaville), GABON and 
CAMEROON I have quite a bit of info.

For CHAD and SUDAN I don't have much - but that is still probably more than 

very little - since I have previously visited these counties, so simply drove 
straight through them (the Khartoum to Johannesburg section taking 10 days (so 
very little birding was achieved).

If interested, the trip took 8 weeks, and I saw around 700 species - of which 
550 had been achieved by the time I left Cameroon.  I also believe that it is 
the first time someone has tried to drive the route (for any reason) since the 
early 1960's (i.e. before the civil wars of the region began).  Since the roads 
before then were not good at all, I doubt that anyone has been able to do it 
before then in anything under 6 months.  However, I would not recommend the 
route I took, as the road from Angola to DRC was not good - it took me and 8 
people digging a full 24 hours to cover 1.5 km!

Wait for the trip report with photos for the full story.

Giles Mulholland
Director: Operational Support
Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 (11) 498-5903
Fax: +27 (11) 498-5720

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