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Republic of Namibia

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Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild ©Stephen Hammer Website

Birding Namibia

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.

But don't neglect the coast with abundant waders and shorebirds, pelicans and herons not to mention Damara Tern and Cape Fur Seals at Walvis Bay Wetlands. Here too are African Black Oystercatcher, Hartlaub's Gull, South African Shelduck, Cape Cormorant, Cape Gannet, White-fronted Plover, Chestnut-banded Plover & Terek Sandpiper.

Top Sites

Erongo Mountains

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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.

Hardap

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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.

Impalila Island

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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.

Kaudom

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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.

Okonjima

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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.

Spitzkoppe

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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

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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.

Contributor

Neil Mac Leod

Owner Operator - SafariWise Namibia

Top Sites

neil@birdwatching.com.na

http://safariwise.com.na/

Claire Spottiswoode & Callan Cohen

Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology

University of Cape Town - Introduction

claire@birding-africa.com

http://www.birding-africa.com

Number of Species

National Bird: African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer

Number of bird species: 676

(As at August 2018)

Endemics

Number of endemics: 1

Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys

Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Birding Trip to the Western Cape and Namibia (Including far north Botswana)

[Nov 99 - Jan 2000] | By Brian Gee | Brian Gee | 2000 | Spiralbound | 69 Pages, Maps |

ISBN: #112836

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A Photographic Guide to Birds of Namibia

By Ian Sinclair & Jackie Sinclair | New Holland Publishers | 2002 | Paperback | 144 pages, 280 colour photos, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 1868727645

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Birding in Namibia

(An Illustrated Guide to Selected Sites) | By Eckart Damasius & Christine Marais | Gamsberg Macmillan | 1999 | Hardback | 204 pages, colour illustrations, b/w illustrations |

ISBN: 9991601902

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Newman's Birds of Southern Africa

By Kenneth B Newman, Faansie Peacock & vanessa Newman | Random House Struik | 2010 | Paperback | 536 pages, plates with colour illustrations; colour photos, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9781770078765

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Roberts Birds of Southern Africa

By Phil AR Hockey, W Richard J Dean & Peter G Ryan | Jacana Publishers | 2006 (2018 Re-print) | Hardback | 1296 pages, 80 colour plates, maps, keys |

ISBN: 0620340533

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Sasol Birds of Southern Africa (4th Edition)

Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton, Peter G Ryan, Norman Arlott & Peter Hayman | Random House Struik | 2014 | Paperback | 464 pages, plates with colour illustrations; colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9781775840992

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Southern African Birdfinder

[Where to find 1400 bird species in southern Africa and Madagascar] | By Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode & Jonathan Rossouw | New Holland Publishers | 2006 | Paperback | 456 pages, 80 col photos, 100 maps, pull-out route map |

ISBN: 1868727254

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Struik Pocket Guide: Birds of Namibia

By Ian Sinclair & Joris Komen | Random House Struik | 2017 | Paperback | 144 pages, 360 colour photos, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9781775845225

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Organisations

African Bird Club

Website

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

Facebook Page

A club for those who love birds!Further information can be found under the 'Notes' tab.Admins: Claire Kolberg and Holger Kolberg

Namibia Bird Club

Website

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…

Reserves

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GR Daan Viljoen

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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.

GR Moremi

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t is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife including Cape buffalo, Angolan giraffe, black rhinoceros, Southwest African lion, elephant, hippopotamus, zebra, South African cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe. Cape wild dogs inhabit this reserve...

GR Ongava

Website

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Welcome to the Ongava Game Reserve Website. Move your cursor over the map on the left to take a virtual journey through the reserve.

IBAs

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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..

NP Bwabwata IBA

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Bwabwata is a national park located in north east Namibia. The park was established in 2007 and has a size of 6,274 square kilometres (2,422 sq mi). It was created from Caprivi Game Park and Mahango Game Reserve. The Mahango Area and Kavango River in western Bwabwata are listed as an internationally Important Bird Area supporting globally threatened species and is an avian diversity hotspot. Species include black-winged pratincole, slaty egret, wattled crane, African skimmer, African pygmy-goose, coppery-tailed coucal, white-backed night heron, rufous-bellied heron, Allen's gallinule, Dickinson's kestrel, black-faced babbler, swamp boubou, collared palm thrush, Meves's starling, southern ground hornbill, barred owlet, Bennett's woodpecker, wood owl, various warblers and cisticolas.

NP Etosha

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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…

NP Namib Naukluft

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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…

NP Waterberg Plateau

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Towering some 200m above the surrounding landscape, the plateau with its sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations is the habitat and breeding ground of several game species…

NR NamibRand

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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…

Okavango IBA

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The Okavango Delta (or Okavango Grassland) (formerly spelled "Okovango" or "Okovanggo") in Botswana is a very large, swampy inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including African fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl, crested crane, lilac-breasted roller, hammerkop, South African ostrich, and sacred ibis.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

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.

Charly's Birding Tours & Safaris

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

Frantic Naturalist Tours and Safaris, focusing on special interest nature tours in Namibia

Nature Travel Birding

Tour Operator

Nature Travel Birding is the dedicated birding part of the Nature Travel Group; specializing in private and small group birding trips in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Madagascar, India, Thailand, Equador, Peru, Spain and the rest of Europe...

Rockjumper Birding Tours

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2006 [10 October] - Bo Beolens

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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…

2008 [07 July] - Benji Schwartz & Ken Behrens

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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

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…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

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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…

2010 [08 August] - Josh Engel & Charley Hesse

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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

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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…

2012 [06 June] - Keith Gunning

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Arrival at Windhoek International Airport at 13h00 and the plane was on time!!! Here I met with Keith and Borsha Gunning who had completed customs in an amazing record breaking time. We headed off for Windhoek to book into our B&B for the night, the quaint and lovely Galton House.

2012 [11 November] - Sue Bryan - Norfolk Birders

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…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 McLeod - Namibia, Botswana & Zambia

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Naturetrek - Safariwise

2013 [04 April] - Terry Stevenson

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…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

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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

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…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 [11 November] - Derek Scott & Steve Braine

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…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

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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

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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

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...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

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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...

2015 [03 March] - Justin Nicolau

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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.

2015 [03 March] - Justin Nicolau - Namibia & Okavango Delta

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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 “Big 5”, 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 [09 September] - Ken Behrens - Namibia & Botswana

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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] - Geoff Crane

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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 [11 November] - Jason Boyce

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A truly mouthwatering itinerary lay before us, one with great diversity and stark contrast. Birding was to be both rewarding and simply extraordinary from day one in Walvis Bay, Namibia, right through to the final day’s birding in Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

2015 [11 November] - Justin Nicolau

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Exploring the variety of habitats Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia had to offer, it was expected that a high level of biodiversity would be encountered over the course of the tour...

2015 [12 December] - Jason Boyce - Okavango & Victoria Falls

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...A truly mouthwatering itinerary lay before us, one with great diversity and stark contrast. Birding was to be both rewarding and simply extraordinary from day one in Walvis Bay, Namibia, right through to the final day’ s birding in Livingstone and Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Four eager birdwatchers were to join me and embark on one of Africa’s greatest 18 - day birding safaris....

2016 [03 March] - Chris Lotz

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Not only was the first ever Yellow-throated Leaflove discovered just inside the southern African listing region this year, but it was actually not just one individual but a pair of them, building a nest and raising two youngsters!

2016 [03 March] - Terry Stevenson - Namibia & Botswana

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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] - Chris Lotz - Northwestern Specials

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...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 [07 July] - Simon Gawn

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...All in all a very productive and in many aspects lucky trip with Simon and Rahat, having seen 207 species during an exceptionally dry winter. Twenty six of those were lifers added to Simon’s already large list, missing out only on three possible lifers. ...

2016 [10 October] - Cuan Rush - Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls V

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On the avian side of things, we had good numbers of Estralids namely, Blue, Black-faced and stunning Violet-eared Waxbills, Green-winged Pytilia, Acacia Pied Barbet, Mountain Wheatear, Shorttoed Rock Thrush, Groundscraper Thrush, Scarletchested Sunbird, Cinnamon-breasted and Goldenbreasted Buntings, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Ashy Tit, Pririt Batis, Brubru, Lesser Kestrel and a pair of Verreaux’s Eagle.

2016 [10 October] - Steve Braine - Namibia & the Okavango

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...After lunch we officially started the tour and set off to the Gammams sewerage works where we were rewarded with several good birds, here we encountered many Egyptian geese, South African Shelduck, Southern Pochard, Red-billed and Hottentot Teals, Little Grebes, Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, other species included Grey Heron, Western Cattle Egret, Squacco Heron and a brief glimpse of Little Bittern as it flew over the reed beds and then disappeared...

2016 [11 November] - Jason Boyce

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Traversing the great country of Namibia, experiencing its brilliant diversity, and enjoying the contrasting habitats make for an enjoyable birding adventure. The open gravel plains of the west gradually become dry but well-wooded plains to the north, while the Caprivi Strip offers mature woodland and exciting wetlands....

2017 [03 March] - Birding Ecotours

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...En route we enjoyed Pale Chanting Goshawk , Brown Snake Eagle , Namaqua Sandgrouse , Ring - necked Dove , Marico Flycatcher , Black - chested Prinia , Great Sparrow , Chat Flycatcher , Sabota Lark , Alpine Swift , Common Swift , Karoo Long - billed Lark , Grey - backed Sparrow - Lark , Speckled Pigeon , Peregrine Falcon...

2017 [03 March] - Neil Macleod

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...We had great views of Desert Cisticola, Fan - tailed Warbler, Southern Pochard, Cape Shoveler, Re d - billed Duck, Cape Teal, Grey Heron and Black - necked Grebe. We stopped at Fort Namutoni for a cup of coffee. We also saw a family of three White Rhinoceros before we headed back to the lodge for lunch. ...

2017 [07 July] - Wayne Jones

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It started with a tree full of waxbills – Blue, Violet - eared, Black - face d and Common. Our list soon included Green - winged Pytilia, Red - head e d Finch, Scaly - feathered Weaver, Chestnut - vented Warbler, S carlet - chested and Marico Sunbir ds, Black - chested Prinia, Yellow - bellied Eremomela, Acacia Pied Barbet, Pririt Batis, Crimson - breasted Shrike, Brown - crowned Tchagra, Bearded and Cardinal Woodpecker, Lark - like Bunting, White - backed Mousebird and a Pearl - spotted Owlet.

2017 [08 August] - Dylan Vasapolli

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...Bird parties along the way held Yellow-fronted Canary, White-browed Scrub Robin, Southern Black Tit, Red-headed Weaver, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, and Sabota Lark, with the standout species going to the difficult Violet-eared Waxbill...

2017 [08 August] - Geoff Lockwood

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...Our morning wasn’t over, however, and next came stu nning views of a gorgeous female Leopard draped over the branches of a dead tree. She allowed wonderful, ultra-close views, even shifting to a more comfortable branch with us parked only yards away. Eventually we forced ourselves away, and there was yet another Pel’s Fishing-Owl perched in a large Jackalberry tree. We stopped, and had two of the most sought after spec ies in the Delta – one on each side of the vehicle! WOW!

2017 [09 September] - Jason Boyce

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Well, what a trip this has been! Many thanks to John and Alison for making this a really memorable tour! Many an excellent photograph was taken, and many fun moments were had. If you are looking to do a trip through any parts of Southern Africa and want to be in control of your own schedule, time spent at sightings, and of course photography, then this is the way to do it. We recorded 340 species of birds and 51 species of mammals on this tour, with an additional 12 species of reptiles

2017 [09 September] - Pieter & Nicola Vrey

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...It was the Heritage day long weekend and we decided to take an extra two days' leave and try pick up some lifers in central Namibia. It wasn't easy getting accommodation in the Erongo region with the two best situated places (Mara camp and Erongo Wilderness lodge) both fully booked ...

2017 [10 October] - Ken Behrens

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... These include the croaking Rueppell’s Bustard, taxonomic oddity Rockrunner, boldly pied White-tailed Shrike, and cryptic Dune Lark. Farther north and east, the Okavango system holds a great wealth of birds, including two of the continent’s most wanted species: White-backed Night-Heron and Pel’s Fishing-Owl...

2017 [10 October] - Pete & Caroline Stevens

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...On the way we saw White-backed Vultures and many Sociable weavers among the birdlife and some quite shy Baboons. At the campsite were Sabota lark, Fawn-coloured Lark and Short-toed Rock Dove...

2017 [10 October] - Steve Braine

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...a wonderful Pel’s Fishing Owl we travelled down a side channel of the Okavango River to look for Pygmy Geese, we were lucky and came across several pairs before reaching a dried-out floodplain. Four birds flew out of the reedbeds and looked rather different to the normal weavers of which there were many, a closer look at the two remaining birds revealed a beautiful pair of Cuckoo Finches. These we all enjoyed for a brief period before they followed the other birds which had now disappeared into the reedbeds....

2017 [10 October] - Terry Stevenson

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...The following day we drove south-west in our specially adapted 4X4 Toyota Landcruiser - the onboard refrigerator kept our picnic lunches and drinks cold. Although largely a travel day as we headed to the Namib Naukluft Desert, we found many new birds along the way, and even a surprise large body of water at Guisis. Just some of the special birds we saw today included Cape Shoveler, Maccoa Duck, Lappet-faced Vulture, Pale Chanting-Goshawk, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Common Scimitarbill, Monteiro's and Damara Red-billed hornbills, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Crimson-breasted Gonolek, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Short-toed Rock-Thrush, Pale-winged Starling, Violet-eared Waxbill and Yellow Canary. Mammals included our first Cape Ground Squirrels, Rock Hyrax, Warthog, and Gemsbok....

2017 [11 November] - Charley Hesse

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...We tracked down Namibia’s only geopolitical endemic, the Dune Lark at Sossusvlei, the endangered Hartemann’s Mountain Zebra crossing the Namib desert, and the charismatic near-endemic Rockrunner and White-tailed Shrike in the stunning Erongo Mountains...

2017 [11 November] - Rob Mileto

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...We also had some lunch, accompanied by Southern Masked Weaver, Short - toed Rock Thrush and Familiar Chat in the adjacent garden. Some serious thunder an d lightning ensued whilst we had a little siesta, but it had brightened up by the time we set off for a bird walk in the late afternoon. As we strolled around the environs of the lodge, three species of swift (Common, Little and African Palm Swifts) wheele d above our heads. In the trees and bushes were Cape Bunting, White - backed Mousebird, Long - billed Crombec, Carp’s Tit and Pririt Batis, whilst a Rock Kestrel stooped dramatically out of the sky...

2017 [11 November] - Wlan van Zyl

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A trip that started in Zambia covered a wide variety of habitats in Namibia and crossed a little into Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle, where the water life is incomparable....

2017 [12 December] - Andy Mears

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Thought it was worth posting a few thoughts and notes on this one. I make no claims to this being a full trip report but our itinerary was very carefully planned and so I’d like to share that. We visited at the start of the wet season after making detailed enquiries into how the birding would be at that time of year. It was pretty darned good and ties in with theBirdfinder book’s comment, ‘midsummer is a very exciting time to be there...

2017 [12 December] - Terry Stevenson

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...Well, any of these apprehensions were soon put aside, as we found all the south-west African endemics, and the most 'special birds' of the Okavango Delta - including Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, African Skimmer, and no less than 3 Pel's Fishing-Owls. The mammals were great too, with some fabulous encounters with Elephants, Lion, Leopard and a record 17 Black Rhino...

2017 [12 December] - Wian van Zyl

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A trip that started in Zambia covered a wide variety of habitats in Namibia and crossed a little into Botswana’s Okavango Panhandle, where the water life is incomparable. We had a great time birding with a small group of only six clients. The scenery, road s, food, and everything in between left us with great memories and stories to go with the amazing birding that took place over the next 18 days

2018 [02 February] - Nick Buys

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Due to time constraints we decided to bird close to Windhoek and we had a very productive couple of hours. We had fantastic views of no fewer than 4 Rockrunner!! We were lucky with raptors and found Common Buzzard, Black-winged Kite, Rock Kestrel and Gabar Goshawk. Monteiro’s Hornbill is always a highlight being a near endemic.

2018 [08 August] - Daniel Keith Danckwerts - Namibia , Botswana & Zambia

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Our epic overland adventure through Namibia, Botswana and Zambia began on the outskirts of the bustling city of Windhoek...

Places to Stay

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Hohenstein Lodge

Accommodation

The lodge is located on the bottom of the Hohenstein, the highest peak of the Erongo mountains. Measuring up to 2,319 m above sea level, the Hohenstein represents the impressive western edge of the Erongo mountain range. In the evening, spectacular sunsets above the desert plain bathe the mountain in fantastic red light. Towards the west, the view over the impressive scenery extends as far as the Spitzkoppe peak, a prominent relief from the plain in a distance of about 30 km.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Accommodation

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 Lodge

Accommodation

The unique location of Hobatere, being the Getaway into the Western Etosha Park, allows for an exclusive wildlife experience but, at the same time, the aim is to increasing the sense of being a conservancy lodge which benefits the local community and conservation.

Huab Lodge & Bush SPA

Accommodation

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…

Kansimba Game Lodge

Accommodation

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.

Langholm Hotel

Accommodation

The Langholm Hotel in Walvis Bay has received accolades as a Winner of the HAN Awards for Service Excellence since 2002 and enjoys annual occupancy levels in excess of 90 percent since 2008. This speaks volumes as to the popularity of our hotel. The Langholm Hotel is situated close to the magnificent wetland of the Walvis Bay Lagoon, and at the edge of the Namib Desert. The Langholm Hotel can offer the Eco-tourist a wonderful glimpse into the ecology of the area, as well as great adventure tourism.

Protea Hotel - Walvis Bay

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

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 Bushmenland, being just 230 km from Tsumkwe. Roy's Rest Camp is only a small part of the farm Elandslaagte, which consumes a space of 2800ha in total. Roy's Rest Camp was started in 1995 and was built for Cattle Farming and Tourism as the main industries. Elandslaagte is one of the oldest farms in the district of Grootfontein, and has been here since 1930. It belonged to the Alberts family and originated from the Dorslandtrek.

Sun Karros Daan Viljoen

Accommodation

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...

Museums

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.