Every year, as the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop in Central Africa, carmine bee-eaters start their migration journey across the continent by the thousands, ending up in the wilderness of Zambia at the end of August.

The water levels drop along the river banks in Zambia during the dry winter months, revealing the perfect nesting sites for these burrowing birds.

With the banks most exposed during this season, the carmine bee-eaters choose this time for their annual pilgrimage to the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi, returning to the same banks.

Their vibrant colours and behaviours draw the admiration of seasoned birders, photographers and safari-goers alike.

Travellers in South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi can witness this bucket-list spectacle from September to November.

Look at the recently released images of the carmine bee-eaters from Time + Tide, who offers safaris and expeditions in Zambia.

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