Binoculars, Wildlife Safaris & Birding in Zimbabwe

Birdin in Zimbabwe with Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 Binoculars

I am currently on an extended stay in my country of birth, Zimbabwe, where from my base in the capital Harare, I will be visiting some of the best wildlife, safari and birding locations in Africa… if not the whole world.

During these mini expeditions, apart from just simply enjoying the incredible nature that surrounds me, my aim is to fully and extensively field test some of the safari, photography and birding equipment that I have brought along with me.

Back in France (where I currently call home), when I review a pair of binoculars or a night vision product, I spend at least a week (usually more) taking it out with me in the field. This I feel is enough time to get a good feeling for the device and it’s particular quirks.

However there are some binoculars that are ideal or even specifically marketed as being perfect for travelling, taking on safari or other wildlife adventures. So it is with this in mind that I decided to give a few binoculars and night vision devices (as well as other equipment) an extended test by bringing them out to Africa with me to see just how well they perform in the toughest of conditions and to ascertain their suitability as wildlife and birding binoculars for travel and safaris.

Below you will find the links to the individual reports and tests as and when I return from each of these expeditions, which I hope that you will find interesting as well as informative:


Field Report: On Safari with Minox and Swarovski Binoculars

Using the Minox with my cameraI was lucky enough to recently get the chance to spend a week fishing and photographing wildlife on the Umi River, which borders onto the Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe.

I decided to take a pair of the Minox BD 7x28 compact binoculars as well as the Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 binoculars with me.

In this article I discuss why I chose them and reveal my thoughts and findings on them both after my return.


Expedition Report: Birding with the Swarovski CL Companion Binoculars in Charara, Zimbabwe

Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 BinocularsOn the banks of the eastern basin of Lake Kariba and nestled within the Zambezi valley you will find Charara Bay.

This is a place from which many Zimbabweans use as a base to fish for the mighty Tigerfish and whilst I did enjoy some fishing, my main interest was to observe and photograph some of the local wildlife and in particular the incredible variety of birds this region has to offer.

Field Test: As well as my photography and some night vision equipment, I also brought along a pair of the Swarovski CL Companion 8x30 Binoculars to see just how well they would perform out in the field.

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