As we prepared for our safari to Botswana we found little information regarding birding especially around Maun. After some deep digging we ran across Richard Randall. Reporting back so that others may have some additional information. . . .
Our trip to Botswana was amazing and getting us started on the right foot was Richard Randall, from 'Birding Botswana'. We arrived in Maun on an early June afternoon and were to head out the next morning on the first day of our safari trip. We wanted to take advantage of our free afternoon and get exposed to some of the local birds right out of the gate. Our time with Richard helped us do exactly that. He picked us up at our hotel (Riley's) and, because we just had a short amount of time, took us to a few birding hot spots. Being birders ourselves, we didn't bat an eye when he asked if we were willing to visit the local sewage ponds in Maun (a source of nearby freshwater...even if not perfectly clean). We were fortunate to spot a Black-necked Grebe, last seen in Maun more than 10 years ago. We also visited the town dump where we saw an incredible display of Marabou storks--literally thousands of them. In between, we birded the countryside. In a couple of hours, we got approximately 40 species and were that much better informed when we headed off into the bush. Richard was truly enjoyable to spend time with and was quite knowledgeable about the region. We would not hesitate to book an outing with him again and, for the bird inclined, he's an excellent resource for those traveling in the Maun area of Botswana.