This tour commences with a walk through the extensive grounds of Sedia Riverside Hotel and along the adjacent bank of the Thamalakane River
The bird tour is headed by a well-experienced Professional Guide and takes around 8 hours.
The Thamalakane River is seasonal and normally has water from late July / August till the following March or April, though the arrival and partial drying up of the flood usually varies every year.
However, the recent Thamalakane River has been perennial for quite a few years. In 2014 and 2015, we experienced the highest flood waters for over thirty years.
The most rewarding birding time is between November and April.
African Mourning Dove, Pygmy Goose, White Faced Duck and, following good rains (late December to April / May ), there would be a chance to see the very elusive Striped Crake in the flooded grassland along the Thamalakane river near Sedia Riverside Hotel.
Bat Hawks have been spotted here appearing on their low flight path at dusk.
There is an outside chance of encountering River Warbler in riverine thickens from January to March.
A host of other aquatic species, e.g. herons, egret, ducks, dabchicks may be seen on this stretch on the river.
There is rich birding in the woodland, including red- necked Falcons, red-billed Helmet Shrikes, and Crimson-breasted Boubous.
The birding tour ventures further afield, to the Boteti River area South of Maun.
Birders are transported there by open safari vehicle and are driven to various points along the river where they can bird from the safari vehicle and on foot.
This river, the continuation of the Thamalakane, flows intermittently, usually the river is reduced to pools from about late April / May to mid August, but with the Okavango River reaching the highest flood level since 1959, this flowing river has in the past few years reached Rakops, which is 200 kilometers from Maun.
The birding there, especially from November to May, is spectacular and Salty Egrets, Rufous-bellied herons, Pygmy Geese, Lesser Jacanas, Purple and Lesser Gallinules, Lesser Moorhens, Swamp Boubous, Red-winged Pratincoles are just some of the sought- after birds which are often ticked there.
Storks, ducks, herons, ibises, spoonbills and pelicans are regularly attracted to the river and its pools. There is rich woodland birding adjacent to the river.