carmine-bee-eater

Botswana is a land of contrasts, immense beauty and varied, captivating wildlife. Each season has its own secrets and treasures for you to discover. During the summer months, one beautiful sight to witness is the arrival of the carmine bee-eaters that travel down from Equatorial Africa and arrive in Botswana in a flurry of colour.

Tens of thousands of these beautiful birds will nest on the banks of the Chobe River, along the Okavango Panhandle and also at Shinde in the Delta. Their feathers are striking with vibrant shades of pinks, reds and blues making up their colourful plumage.

carmine-bee-eater

These are incredibly social birds and their distinct calls are easily identifiable as they try to attract a mate, they are here after all, for the breeding season.

carmine-bee-eater

Come the end of summer, off they go again, heading north to Equatorial Africa until next year, when they will arrive once again in glorious technicolour.