With its combination of superb scenery, accessible endemic birds, abundant game, and excellent infrastructure, Namibia has a great deal to offer traveling birders.
Much of the southern and western parts of the country are covered by the spectacular Namib desert – stark stony plains in the north and south, with sand sea in-between. Running roughly down the centre of the country is the Namibian escarpment, cloaked largely with arid woodland and hosting many of the country's specials.
In the far north, beyond the famous game reserve of Etosha, lies the relatively low-lying plain of Ovamboland, where much of the country's mere 1.5 million people live. The northern border with Angola is delineated by the Cunene River, which provides several bird specials. East of Ovamboland, a peculiar finger of land along of the Kavango and Zambezi Rivers forms the Caprivi Strip, and offers tropical birding quite unlike that of the rest of the country.
Although the country possesses just one true endemic (Dune Lark, a Namib special); a further host of near-endemics extend only marginally into inaccessible Angola, are most easily found in Namibia. These include Gray's Lark, Rüppell's Korhaan and Herero Chat in the Namib desert, and escarpment specials such as White-tailed Shrike, Violet Woodhoopoe, Rockrunner, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Rüppell's Parrot, Carp's Black Tit and Hartlaub's Francolin.
The Cunene River basin in far northern Ovamboland is possibly the best place in the world to find the romantically-named Cinderella Waxbill, and in the southern African region Grey Kestrel and Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush are found only here. Heading eastwards, the moist Caprivi strip offers easy access to Okavango specials such as Slaty Egret, as well as superb woodland birding including Sharp-tailed Starling.
Located in central Namibia, this is one of Namibia's top birding spots. The area is particularly good to see species such as Hartlaub's Francolin, Rockrunner, Short-toed Rock Thrush and Freckled Nightjar, Bearded, Bennett's, Golden-tailed and Cardinal Woodpeckers.
The Hardap dam and Recreational Resort offers a rich diversity of bird life. A number of species reach their northern limit to their range here at Hardap. Birds include: Ostrich, White Pelican, Reed Cormorant, Darter, Goliath and Purple Heron, Little and Dwarf Bittern, African Black Duck, African Fish Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Ludwig's Bustard, Namaqua Dove, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Pied and Giant Kingfisher, Olive, Groundscraper and Short-toed Thrush, Cape and Karoo and Kalahari Robin, Cinnamon-breasted warbler, Fairy Flycatcher, Dusky, Marico and Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Pin-tailed Whydah.
The Island is located at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. A combination of floodplain, open grassland, mopane and riverine woodland as well as papyrus-lined waterways make this a birdwatching paradise. Birds such as Pel's Fishing Owl, Rock Pratincole, African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron, Brown Firefinch, Coppery Sunbird, Chirping Cisticola, Redfaced Cisticola, Coppery-tailed Coucal are easily found and regularly seen.
The Kaudom, which can only be attempted in 4x4 vehicles, is known as one of few remaining parks in Africa where the bush wilderness has not been disturbed by human intervention. Elephant, lion and hyena still rule here! The park is unfenced, enabling the animals to follow their natural migration routes. As there are no shops/service stations you have to carry all fuel and supplies for the duration of your safari. Species occurring in the area include Bradfield's Hornbill, Cinnamon-breasted Tit, Black-faced Babbler, Sharp-tailed Starling, and Yellow-throated Sandgrouse. The area has a particularly high diversity of raptors. Noteworthy residents include Dickinson's Kestrel, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Bateleur Eagle, Red-necked Falcon, Martial Eagle. Summer visitors include Steppe Eagle, Lesser-spotted Eagle, Western Red-footed Kestrel.
West of the Waterberg Plateau, the vast plains are occasionally broken by the remnants of the Etjo sandstone, which once covered large areas of northern Namibia. Nestled amongst one of these relics – the Omboroko Mountains – lies Okonjima; home of the Africat Foundation. At Okonjima you will see the Africat Foundation at work, learn more about leopard and cheetah, and have excellent photographic opportunities. This is also a very good birding spot. Birds include: Monteiro's Hornbill, Hartlaub's Francolin, Rock-runner, White–tailed Shrike, Namaqua, Burchell's and Double-banded Sandgrouse.
The Spitzkoppe is a large granite inselberg that rises 600 meters above the surrounding plains. Its resemblance to the famous Swiss mountain earned it the name of the Matterhorn of Africa. Birds include: African Black or Verreaux's Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Hartlaub's Francolin, Ludwig's Bustard, Ruppell's Korhaan, Ruppell's Parrot, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Bradfield's Swift, Monteiro's Hornbill, Stark's Lark, Gray's Lark, Long-billed Lark, Carp's Black Tit, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Herero Chat, Rock-runner, White-tailed Shrike, Dusky Sunbird.
Walvis Bay Wetlands
The Walvis Bay wetlands form the most extensive shallow coastal wetland in southern Africa. The lagoon supports a great number of resident wetland birds as well as numerous palearctic and intra-African species. Birds include: African Black Oystercatcher, Damara Tern, Hartlaub's Gull, South African Shelduck, Cape Cormorant, Cape Gannet, White-fronted Plover, Chestnut-banded Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Grey and Red-necked Phalarope.
Number of Species
National Bird: African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
Number of bird species: 690
Number of endemics: 1
Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys
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A Birding Trip to the Western Cape and Namibia (Including far north Botswana)
NOV 99 - JAN 2000 Brian Gee
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Birding in Namibia
An Illustrated Guide to Selected Sites Eckart Damasius and Christine Marais 204 pages, col illus, b/w illus. Gamsberg Macmillan 1999
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Newman's Birds of Southern Africa
Kenneth Newman 527 pages, col photos, col plates, maps. New Holland Publishers 2002
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Photographic Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern, Central and East Africa
David Allan, Peter Hayman (Illustrator) Paperback - 144 pages ( 1 November, 1996) New Holland Publishers (UK)
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Where to find 1400 bird species in southern Africa and Madagascar Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode and Jonathan Rossouw 456 pages, 80 col photos, 100 maps, pull-out route map. New Holland Publishers 2006
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This truly marvelous birding adventure samples three countries and spectacular, diverse scenery - the coastal Namib Desert (inhabited by desirable, localized endemics) and Namib Escarpment (a whole suite of birds occurring ONLY in Namibia and southern Angola), Etosha National Park, Caprivi Strip and adjacent panhandle of the Okavango Delta. Please contact us for more tours that are run in Namibia.
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Charly's Birding Tours & Safaris
Charly’s Birding Tours & Safaris is a birding tour company owned by a Namibian, based in Namibia. The company has the backup knowledge of it’s permanent Senior Head Guide, Charles Rhyn. Charles started his guiding career in 1999, with one of the biggest Safari operators for Africa and since then has worked endlessly to grow his guiding and client skills to a level rarely found…
Frantic Naturalist Tours & Sagaris
Natural History Tours - Small group tailor-made tours for those who share our passion for nature…
Navigate African Safaris
Home to approximately 592 bird species including the worlds largest bird the Ostrich and heaviest bird the Kori Bustard. Birding Safaris are recommended with an experienced guide who will take you through the country in search of its one endemic the Dune Lark and the 14 near endemic species. Top destinations include Walvis Bay, Etosha National Park, the Kunene River and the Caprivi Strip.
Nomtsas Safaris is a nature friendly and ecologically orientated undertaking, established for those who love and like to experience nature. We cater for those who have exclusive and individual interests, rely on knowledgeable and professional guidance and want to find themselves well looked after…
Namibia is a country of contrasts straddled between two deserts – the Namib Desert along its coastline, and the Kalahari in the eastern interior. It is a wild arid country offering superb birding and a whole host of Southern African endemics, many of which can be found relatively easily in Namibia, but nowhere else in Africa. Included amongst these are exciting species such as Damara and Monteiro’s Hornbills, Herero Chat, White-tailed Shrike, Barecheeked Babbler, Rüppell’s Parrot and many more...
This company has run birding tours to Namibia…
Rockjumper Birding Tours
With sixteen near-endemics and numerous other special species, Namibia is an essential destination for any serious birder. The country also lays claim to the world’s oldest desert, highest sand dunes and one of Africa’s most famous wildlife reserves – Etosha National Park. We offer both set-departures and customized private tours to Namibia.
Safariwise - Birdwatching in Namibia
Namibia is home to well over 650 bird species, making it a rich birding region. The parts in Namibia with fewer birds are certainly not wasted to birders…indeed it is in these drier regions where the many of Namibia's specials are found. These include the endemic Dune Lark and numerous other near endemics and other dry region specials…
Relax in the endless vastness of the Namib Desert and view the wildlife of the Botswana Okavango Swamps - an unmatched contrast…
We are an innovative and rapidly-growing company offering superb birding tours to many tropical destinations throughout the world. One of the things that sets us apart is our commitment to protecting the same birds that we love to show our clients. We are running several tours in conjuction with BirdLife International where we will donate half, or in a few cases ALL of the profits to bird conservation!
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2006 [01 January] - Frances Gatens
Namibia is a very large country in south west Africa; the capital is Windhoek a very modern city. The population of the country is mainly centred around the few main towns and numbers about 2 million. It is a multi-cultural society and seems very safe for visitors…
2006 [10 October] - Bo Beolens
This leg was a truly marvellous 2-week multi-nation birding safari. The adventure first sampled one of the richest birding regions in Africa, the Victoria Falls/Caprivi/Okavango region. This is one of the greatest bird (both water birds and woodland species) and mammal havens on earth. The itinerary then took us westwards into increasingly dryer habitats and eventually into the very heart of the Namib Desert with its beautiful, rugged mountains, gravel plains, camelthorn-lined dry riverbeds, dunes and more. The stunning, scenically diverse Namib Desert (which extends into southern Angola) is inhabited by a host of endemic bird species. Finally, this leg ended on the Namib Coast. Here, Namibia’s only true endemic (Dune Lark) displays above sparsely vegetated red sand dunes, the diminutive, endangered Damara Tern reaches its highest densities anywhere, the beautiful Chestnut-banded Plover runs over the sand, and an amazing spectacle of flamingos, pelicans, waders and grebes work the Walvis Bay Lagoon…
2006 [10 October] - Cuan Rush
The trip started off in a staggered fashion, with half the participants arriving before the tour had officially begun and the rest landing in Namibia on the starting day of the tour. So on the morning of the 13th the first group was lead around Avis Dam and we were soon clocking-up our debut Namibian specials…
2006 [11 November] - Derek Scott
…Our epic journey of 4,875 km through this fascinating region lived up to all expectations, and was remarkably trouble free, thanks to the excellent condition of the roads, superb accommodation and very friendly and helpful service. There had been some last-minute changes to the itinerary which meant that our trip up to the north-east of Namibia and the Okavango came at the beginning of the tour rather than at the end, but this worked very well, despite adding a couple of hundred kilometres to the driving…
2006 [12 December] - David & Amanda Mason - Namibia & the Okavango Panhandle
…We visited vast areas of pristine wilderness, from the ochre-coloured dunes of the Namib Desert to the lily-choked backwaters of the Okavango Delta and the flamingo-studded lagoons of the Skeleton Coast to the game-filled waterholes of Etosha National Park…
2006 [12 December] - Pat & Judy Hayes - Real Birder
Suffice to say, it was agreed that we would produce an itinerary which Rockjumper would fine tune, cost and return, for our approval. The itinerary was a well tried & tested one, Walvis Bay, Etosha, the Caprivi Strip & the Okavango Panhandle. It soon became apparent that a trip of more than the standard 14 days was required so we opted for 17 days birding with 2 days travelling to and from Namibia.
2006 [12 December] – Cuan Rush - Namibia & the Okavango Panhandle
…A long day awaited us, so we enjoyed an early breakfast at Tamboti and then headed out towards Walvis Bay. Shortly after hitting the dirt track we descended into a deep dry river valley and we were extremely fortunate to encounter a covey of the highly sought-after near-endemic Orange River Francolin…
2007 [02 February] - Sonia Santa Anna
We decided to travel to Namibia after our friends Linda and Jeff moved there. Linda suggested we wait until January 2007 so she could get used to the place and her knowledge did help us immensely when planning the trip. Unfortunately, during that wait Linda got a job and so couldn't accompany us as much as we would have liked. We were very sad she was not with us for the whole trip…
2007 [07 July] - Lawson's Birding and Wildlife Tours; Namibia and Botswana.
This all-encompassing Namibia and Botswana tour produced and excellent total of 350 bird species considering it was mid-winter with a distinct absence of intra-African and Palearctic migratory species. For me Namibia is a special place - a vast country with spectacular scenery, brimming with endemic birds…
2007 [10 October] - Marcus Lilje
All but two of the tour participants were already in Windhoek on the morning of the 13th, so we decided to start our Namibia adventure with a trip to the Avis dam for an introduction to some special Namibian birds…
2007 [11 November] - Lawson's Birding and Wildlife Tours - Western Cape & Namibia
We spent the entire morning birding the bird-rich Walvis Bay Lagoon. Our method of driving, stopping, scoping and scanning paid off and we had super views of most of the waders found here. This lagoon is one of the top three in Africa for waders, and we could see why!
2008 [01 January] - Trevor Hardaker
[Follow My Trips Link] - With over 660 species recorded in Namibia, it is surprising that it only has one true endemic bird, Dune Lark. However, it does have a number of near-endemic species where the major part of the species' range is in Namibia and the range extends only marginally into neighbouring countries. These are Hartlaub's Spurfowl, Ruppell's Korhaan, Ruppell's Parrot, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Bradfield's Swift, Violet Woodhoopoe, Damara Hornbill, Monteiro's Hornbill, Barlow's Lark, Gray's Lark, Benguela Long-billed Lark, Carp's Tit, Black-faced Babbler, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Herero Chat, Rockrunner and White-tailed Shrike. With this in mind, it is a definite destination for any serious world birder to visit…
2008 [07 July] - Benji Schwartz & Ken Behrens
From magnificent sand dunes and stunning desert landscape to the forests of the Caprivi Strip and mammal filled parks such as Etosha, Namibia is one of Africa's premier travel destinations. Less visited than many of the more famous regions of East Africa, the still pristine landscape, unique culture, and amazing mammal and bird viewing opportunities make Namibia a unique and fabulous African experience…
2009 [08 August] - Mark Finn
…Along the Atlantic coast at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we recorded good numbers of waders, cormorants and gulls including uncommon species in Bank Cormorant and Caspian Plover. Nambia is also a great place for larks with Dune, Gray’s, Stark’s and Spike-heeled all being seen. Waterburg was our last stop of the tour where we caught up with Rueppell’s Parrots another Namibian speciality…
2009 [09 September] - Ken Behrens
Namibia often flies under the radar of world travelers, particularly those from North America, despite being one of the jewels of the African continent. It offers an unprecedented combination of birds, mammals, and scenery…
2009 [10 October] - Keith Valentine
Windhoek was the starting point of our exciting overland adventure that would see us travel through the seemingly endless Namib Desert, explore the vastness of the protected woodlands and savanna surrounding Etosha Pan, enjoy the wonders of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and finish off at the mighty Victoria Falls in Zambia…
2010 [07 July] - Glen Valentine
From the vast, ochre dunes of the ancient Namib Desert and game-filled savannas of Etosha to the endless papyrus-lined channels of the idyllic Okavango Panhandle and thunderous Victoria Falls, our adventure through the Southern African countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia produced unrivalled vistas and mouth- watering birds and mammals in a land of awe and inspiration…
2010 [08 August] - Josh Engel & Charley Hesse
This trip produced highlights too numerous to list. We saw virtually all of the specialties we sought, including escarpment specialties like Rockrunner, White-tailed Shrike, Hartlaub’s Francolin, Herero Chat and Violet Wood-hoopoe and desert specialties like Dune and Gray’s Larks and Rueppell’s Korhaan…
2010 [08 August] - Ken Behrens
Namibia offers a remarkable combination of beautiful landscapes, unique birds, and some of the best mammal viewing in the world. All of these can be experienced while based in excellent accommodation and enjoying great food…
2011 [08 August] - Keith Valentine - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia
The countries of Namibia, Botswana and briefly Zambia played host to an incredible overland adventure that was thoroughly enjoyed in every possible way. The birding and mammal viewing was exceptional throughout and every micro habitat was appreciated as we explored the vast desert flats of the Namib, scoured Etosha for its plentiful game, cruised the rivers and backwaters of the Okavango and, finally, stood in awe of the magnificent Victoria Falls….
2011 [09 September] - Rainer Summers - South Africa’s Western & Northern Cape & Namibia
The western half of southern Africa is an enthralling area that exhibits huge contrasts – scenically stunning Cape Town and its equally enthralling endemics, the rich oceanic waters off of Cape Point, and the semi-arid Northern Cape – that little-populated segment of South Africa more famous for its wilderness and wild animals than it is for its breath-taking beauty….
2011 [10 October] - Rainer Summers - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia
Namibia is a great destination for birding and more general nature enthusiasts alike, with its lovely parks and scenery, good infrastructure, and some excellent accommodations! We began our adventure in the capital, Windhoek, before exploring the coast and central Namibia, after which we headed north towards the Caprivi Strip and the verdant, tropical lands of this zone and adjacent northern Botswana and Zambia. We amassed a total of 404 bird and 51 mammal species in the process….
2011 [12 December] - Steve Brain
Our tour commenced on the morning of 12th December, with the first five members of our group spending about two hours birding near Avis Dam before returning to meet up with the rest of the team, who had arrived a little later. The walk at Avis was slow as the terrain was tough and the birds were good….
2012 [04 April] - Martin Coath
On April 14th 8 of us including 2 married couples left Heathrow, dallied at Frankfurt and flew overnight in a Namibian Airlines A340/300 series plane for 10 not very comfortable hours to Windhoek. As we waited outside the terminal building for our inspirational leader, Callan Cohen of Birding Africa, we were able to get close views of the local Rock Martins, as well as Palm and Little Swifts and a Groundscraper Thrush…
2012 [11 November] - Sue Bryan - Norfolk Birders
…After lunch we decided to use the gravel C28 road to Walvis Bay. It was slow-going through the mountains and it took us nearly six hours allowing for a few stops to watch Purple Roller, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Ruppell’s Bustard, Black-shouldered Kite, Namaqua Sandgrouse and Martial Eagle along the way…
2013 [03 March] - Neil MacLeod
…We depart our rooms for our journey to Etosha National Park at 09:00. En route we saw our first Crimson breasted Shrikes, Common Scimitarbill, Black faced Waxbill, Bearded Woodpecker, Lilac breasted Roller, Eurasian Roller, Rufus crowned Roller, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Southern Grey headed Sparrow, Lesser grey Shrike, Red backed Shrike….
2013 [03 March] - Neil McLeod - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia
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2013 [04 April] - Terry Stevenson
…We followed our usual itinerary where our first afternoon in Windhoek gave us over 60 species with South African Shelduck, Hamerkop, Booted Eagle, Gray Go-away-bird, White-backed Mousebird, Pririt Batis, Short-toed Rock-Thrush, and Red-headed Finch being just a few of the favourites…
2013 [09 September] - Charley Hesse & Ken Behrens
We saw many Egyptian Geese, several Red-billed Ducks, a single African Darter perched on a stump and a distant African Fish-Eagle perched on the other side of the water. The water level was very low reflecting the very dry year is has been. On the exposed mud edges we saw Three-banded Plover & Little Stint and then spotted a much closer White-throated Swallow perched nearby. On the other side of the lake, a Peregrine Falcon glided by and a pair of Monteiro's Hornbills flopped from tree to tree on the far side…
2013 [09 September] – Geoff Crane
…Before breakfast we had some good birding around the waterhole in front of the lodge. African Hoopoe, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Ground-scraper Thrush, Red-eyed Bulbul, Red-faced Mousebird and Red-billed Francolin were seen….
2013 [10 October] - Andrew Stainthorpe
…a productive mornings birding was had and we emerged with a fantastic collection of species including African Fish Eagle, Bradfield’s, Alpine, Little, African Palm and White-rumped Swifts, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Long- billed and African Pipit, Pririt Batis, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Greater Striped and White-throated Swallow, Black-chested Prinia, Yellow-bellied and Burnt-necked Eremomela, Chestnut-vented Warbler, Mountain Wheatear, Scarlet-chested and Marico Sunbird, Southern Masked Weaver, Southern Red Bishop, Green-winged Pytilia, Black-faced Waxbill, Shaft-tailed Whydah and Black-throated Canary….
2013 [10 October] - Andrew Stainthorpe
…Another early start saw us heading towards the dune fields around Rooibank where we managed to connect with Namibia’s only true endemic, Dune Lark and we had great views of a pair. We also added the striking Bokmakierie and a roosting pair of Spotted Eagles Owls before heading back to the lagoon..
2013 [11 November] - Derek Scott & Steve Braine
…A short stop in the teak forest south of Rundu proved to be very worthwhile, as we found two Brown-backed Honeybirds, two Black Cuckooshrikes, a Tinkling Cisticola and a Yellow-throated Petronia, as well as a pair of Spotted Eagle Owls and more African Yellow White-eyes, Yellow-fronted Canaries and Golden-breasted Buntings. Despite this success, we were a little disappointed as we had been hoping to find Rufous-bellied Tits here and this was our last chance…
2013 [11 November] - Steve Braine - Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls Birding Safari
Surprisingly for this time of year, the migrants had not arrived in numbers yet, and the country was in the grip of a bad drought. This made birding rather difficult, as no birds were responding to playback. However, we were fortunate to see three of the nightjars, but very few cuckoos. We managed to clean up on all the babblers and bee-eaters and also had luck with a perched Bat Hawk, good views of Lesser Black-backed Gull (a vagrant in southern Africa), and a few other interesting birds.
2014 [03 March] - Terry Stevenson - Namibia & Botswana
As we touched down in Windhoek for our 2014 Namibia and Botswana tour, we knew things would be different. Instead of a barren semi-arid landscape, we headed towards town with four-foot-high grass all along the roadside. There were similar scenes throughout much of the tour, and far more actual rainfall than we've ever had before…
2014 [04 April] - Birding Africa
...On this trip we managed to see most of Namibia's endemics and near-endemics and enjoyed some exciting big game viewing in the world-renowned Etosha National Park. Our tour began in the scenically beautiful Erongo Mountains, where we had Roadrunner, Hartlaub's Francolin and Monteiro's Hornbill; then on to Walvis Bay, with its elegant flamingoes and myriad shorebirds. We visited the rocky Spitzkoppe massive and searched for Herero Chat, before a storm overtook us near the Brandberg and we were shocked to find the normally dry Ugab River in flood....
2014 [08 August] - Jim Moulton
My wife Julie and our friend visiting us from the States, Diane Goodman flew Air Namibia from Lusaka, Zambia - where we serve as US Peace Corps volunteers - to Windhoek, Namibia. The bird numbers are generally lower in Namibia’s winter though I was able to tally 172 species on the trip. If you’re after more than “just birds,” August is the heart of the dry season and game viewing tends to be better as animals congregate at the evaporating watering holes. The skies are big and blue while the temperatures are extremely comfortable. It was a great time for us to experience more of sub-Saharan Africa...
2014 [10 October] - Wayne Jones - Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls V
We began our tour in Livingstone with a visit to the world-famous Victoria Falls. Two days earlier the mighty wall of water had been reduced to a few white-water spurts thanks to low river levels. But we were in luck – during those 48 hours Angola’s highlands had received a good deal of rain, causing the Zambezi River to swell. This was more like it! The extensive cascade impressed, drenched and deafened us all, living up to its local title of Mosi-Oa-Tunya: The Smoke that Thunders.
2015 [03 March] - Justin Nicolau - Namibia & Okavango Delta
From the outset, photography was our goal, and so it was expected that the total number of species seen would be lower than on previous trips to these destinations. We still had a very successful birding tour, recording 309 species of birds (including seven that were heard only), 10 species of reptiles, and over 40 species of mammals, including all of the sought after â€œBig 5â€, which consisted of countless black rhinoceros, African elephant, and African buffalo, half a dozen lion sightings, and a male leopard on a kill, which was outshone by a mother cheetah and her cubs attempting to hunt at a waterhole. Most of the country had recently received good
2015 [06 June] - Andy Hurley - Namibia, Botswana & Zimbabwe
A list of bird seen is not yet fully sorted, but I have been adding the new ones add and when to my year list I will endeavour to add a complete list at the end of this report.
2015 [08 August] - Geoff Lockwood - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia
The coastal pre-tour gave us the usual spectacular sightings of thousands of Greater and Lesser flamingos, as well as a number of endemic and near-endemic cormorants, oystercatchers, larks, and chats. For the first time on these pre-tours, we visited the spectacular coastal wetlands at Sandwich Harbour, involving a drive along the shoreline followed by a breathtaking drive back over the dunes. The trip provided the first record of an Augur Buzzard for the Kuiseb Delta, and also great views of displaying Dune Larks, but it will be the drive back along the beach ahead of the rising tide and the roller-coaster ride over the dunes that will be the highlight for most of the group.
2015 [09 September] - Ken Behrens - Namibia & Botswana
Our Namibia and northern Botswana tour has long been one of our most popular, and for good reason. The Namib escarpment and desert hold a suite of endemic birds that is shared only with adjacent Angola.
2015 [11 November] - Birding Ecotours
2015 [11 November] - Birding Ecotours - Caprivi Stri9
2015 [11 November] - Nigel Jones - Etosha and the Skeleton Coast
Ornitholidays has been travelling to Namibia now for almost 30 years and over this period we have changed and refined our itinerary. This current 15-day tour encompasses the best of what the country has to offer – a visit to the wonderful Namib-Naukluft National Park, with the superb sand dunes at Soussuvlei, the stark landscape of the Damaraland with its desert-adapted Elephants and amazing rock paintings, the wilderness of the Skeleton Coast and a superb boat trip out to see seabirds, dolphins and whales, plus a few days to enjoy Etosha National Park, with enormous numbers of game visiting the waterholes and the spectacle of rhinos, elephants, Oryx and giraffes vying with groups of Ostriches to drink.
2015 [11 November] – Geoff Crane
We had great views of Laughing Dove, Bradfield’s Swift, Rock Martin, Red-eyed Bulbul, Pririt Batis, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Grey-backed Cameroptera, House Sparrow, Pin-tailed Whydah, Red-eyed Bulbul, Black-faced Waxbill and Blue Waxbills, Chestnut-vented Titbabbler, Marico Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Namaqua Dove, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater and Mountain Wheatear during the course of the afternoon. Not bad birding for a hot afternoon in Windhoek!
2015 [12 December] - Jason Boyce - Okavango & Victoria Falls
2016 [03 March] - Birding Ecotours - Caprivi Strip
2016 [03 March] - Terry Stevenson - Namibia & Botswana
Beginning in Windhoek, we went to the local waterworks (sewage farm) and saw a variety of ducks, including our first South African Shelducks and the only Southern Pochards of the tour. We also enjoyed Long-tailed Cormorant, African Darter, Black Crake, African Swamphen and African Jacana at the pool areas, African Reed-Warblers and Southern Red Bishops in the reed beds, and Pearl-spotted Owlet, White-backed Mousebird, and Burnt-neck Eremomela in the acacia woodland. We then finished our first day at the local swift roost, where there were at least 100 of the near-endemic Bradfield's Swifts amongst the more widespread Alpine, African Palm-, and Little swifts.
2016 [07 July] - Chis Lotz
2016 [07 July] - Chris Lotz -Northwestern Specials
...The Kunene River Lodge was of course already a famous place for finding another primarily Angolan species that barely makes it across the border into Namibia, Cinderella Waxbill (thanks also to the lodge owner, Peter Morgan, for keeping track of the whereabouts of this otherwise very tough-to-pin-down special on a month-by-month basis). Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush (which occurs from the Namibia/Angola border northwards to Gabon) also very barely gets into the southern African listing region here at Kunene and is nicely easy to locate, even within the lodge grounds. Grey Kestrel is another major target...
2016 [08 August] - Simon Gawn
2016 [09 September] - Batis Birding
This tailor made tour to Angola on the request from Intercontact Germany, commenced in Luanda, Angola and ended in Windhoek Namibia
Places to Stay
Erongo Wilderness Lodge
There is a special wilderness area, encircled by Erongo Mountains, where the desert, mountain, and bushveld ecosystems combine. Here, in a secluded valley, you will find ten luxury tented chalets in a dramatic setting of granite boulders and breathtaking views…
…Hobatere offers a unique rustic tree house overlooking a waterhole, where one can overnight and experience the nocturnal sound of Africa. A private retreat for the closest possible contact with nature…
Huab Lodge & Bush SPA
Enjoy the comforts of the lodge, the relaxed atmosphere and the personal attention as well as the stunning landscape with its impressive variety of animal and plant life. There are more than 200 bird species which have been positively identified, amongst these 10 endemics and several near-endemics such as Bare-cheeked Babbler, Damara Rock-runner, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Carp's Black Tit, Rüppel's Parrot, Pale-winged Starling, Hartlaub's Spurfowl (francolin) and Monteiro's Hornbill…
Impalila Island Lodge
Diverse habitats are home to a richness of bird life, which attract the most discerning specialists. Island walks, floodplain, makoro explorations or boat trips to remote sandbanks with experienced guides to find the rarities and migrants…
Kansimba Game Lodge
Kansimba Game Lodge is conveniently geographically situated in the heart of Namibia, north-west of Windhoek, the capital. It is within easy drive of all the major attractions, such as the Skeleton Coast, the Etosha Game Park and the Namib Naukluft Park.
Protea Hotel - Walvis Bay
Nice clean and well appointed boutique hotel… Fatbirder Recommended [And while you are staying here try a meal at the nearby 'Raft' restaurant and watch cape fur seals, and gulls, pelicans and all from the dining room!]
Roys Camp - Waterberg Plateau
Roy's Camp is perfectly situated on the B8 main-road from Grootfontein - Rundu, 56 km north of Grootfontein. An ideal stop over to northern Namibia, Caprivi and Bushmanland, being just 230 km from Tsumkwe. Whether coming from the North, South, East or West, you will find Roy's a clean, hospitable and welcoming experience. The individual bungalows each has its own character and is placed in such a way that you experience maximum nature while here…
Southern Africa Birding
Birding Resources for Southern Africa. - This site is about birds and birding in South Africa and the Southern African region, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Zambia. The region`s best birding sites are featured under Birding Spots, together with birding resources under Bird guides, tours and Accommodation. The latest rare bird sightings are posted on our Twitchers` Tales page, What`s On highlights major events, and Birding Organisations puts you in touch with other birders and organisations working towards bird conservation.
Sun Karros Daan Viljoen
Independently located around the Daan Viljoen dam, visitors can now experience all the luxury of a modern day breakaway, in unique, contemporary African chalets. Each one of our 19 chalets are fully equipped with air-conditioned rooms, satellite TV’s and mesmerising patio views, ensuring the visitor an exclusive and luxurious atmosphere...
African Bird Club
National Park, from the flamingo-thronged, coastal lagoons of the cold Atlantic Ocean to the land-locked papyrus swamps of the Okavango River, Namibia offers excellent birding in an amazing variety of bird-rich habitats. With sixteen near-endemics and a host of specials that are difficult to see elsewhere, a visit to Namibia is an essential part of the southern African birding experience…
Namibia Bird Club
The Namibia Bird Club (formerly the Ornithological Working Group of the Namibia Scientific Society) is a membership-based society established in 1962 to fill a void in knowledge and interest surrounding birds of Namibia. We are involved in numerous bird related activities and projects and publish a journal, Lanioturdus, and a newsletter, Bird Call. We also arrange birding outings on a regular basis…
Namibian National Biodiversity Programme 2010
Bird Department Namibia National Museum
Namibia, with its wide variety of habitats, ranging from extreme desert to thorn tree savannah to subtropical riverine and swamp habitats, understandably has a lot to offer in the way of birds, and, with a well developed network of roads, most of the region is easily accessible. Setting down at Windhoek international airport in the morning, one is instantly transported into birding holiday mode by a swirling cloud of Bradfield`s Swifts, feverishly hawking the insects attracted by the airport`s bright lights during the past night. Bradfield`s Swift is one of the many species of birds found only in the south-western arid region of Africa.
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve
Daan Viljoen is a place that nature and wildlife lovers can explore, by means of self-guide, in safety on short game drive, walks and hikes. The 6.5 km game route requires a 4 x 4 vehicle. The 3 km Wag ‘n Bietjie Trail, leading down to The Stengel Dam, is an easy walk for adults. The more energetic Rooibos Trail takes hikers along The Augeigas Dam to the eastern highlands. The Park has no large predators, but it is home to baboons, blue wildebeest, springbok, kudu, oryx, Hartmann mountain zebra, giraffe, eland and black-backed jackal. Smaller species include dassies, porcupines and yellow mongooses.
Etosha National Park
The summers are ideal for birding in Etosha National Park. While game viewing benefits from dry conditions, the summer rains turn some of the vast pans into seasonal lakes and attract migratory and wetland species. Etosha is home to 340 bird species, about a third of which are migratory. The avian residents of the park make up an eclectic mix that ranges from flamingos to the colourful lilac-breasted roller and eagles soaring high above…
There are 19 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) designated by BirdLife International in Namibia which total 108,400 km2 equivalent to about 13% of the land area. 17 of the sites are important for species of global conservation concern..
Namib Naukluft Park
The following mammals are likely to be seen: steenbok, springbok, oryx, kudu, mountain zebra, dassie rat, chacma baboon, rock dassie, klipspringer. Up to 200 bird species have been recorded in the area…
NamibRand Nature Reserve
The NamibRand Nature Reserve, located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert. Conserving the pro-Namib, the area along the eastern edge of the Namib Desert, is critically important in order to facilitate seasonal migratory wildlife routes and to protect biodiversity. It is probably the largest private nature reserve in Southern Africa, extending over an area of 172,200 ha. The Reserve shares a 100km border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the west and is bordered in the east by the imposing Nubib Mountains. Virtually all facets of the Namib Desert are represented on the Reserve – sand and gravel plains and stretches of savanna alternate with mountain ranges and vegetated dune belt…
Ongava Game Reserve
Welcome to the Ongava Game Reserve Website. Move your cursor over the map on the left to take a virtual journey through the reserve.
I am an avid naturalist, in the sense that I am enthusiastic about many aspects of nature. I am a guide and I run a Namibian Tour company: Frantic Naturalist Tours and Safaris…