Republic of Namibia

Dune Lark Calendulauda erythrochlamys ©Albert Richard Voigts von Schütz 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.

Spitzkoppe where I saw Herero Chat – Fatbirder

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.

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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.
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 676

    (As at April 2020)
  • Number of bird species:

    National Bird: African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
  • Number of endemics: 1

    Dune Lark Certhilauda erythrochlamys

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Useful Reading

  • 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: 9781868727643 Buy this book from
  • 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: 9789991601908 Buy this book from
  • 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 Buy this book from
  • Roberts Bird Guide

    | By Hugh Chittenden, Greg Davies & Ingrid Weiersbye | Jacana Publishers | 2019 | Hardback | 570 pages, plates with colour illustrations; colour photos, colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9781920602024 Buy this book from
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa (4th Edition)

    | By 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 Buy this book from
  • 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: 9781868727254 Buy this book from
  • 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 Buy this book from
Museums & Universities
  • 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.
  • 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

    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

    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…

Abbreviations Key

  • 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

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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
  • Anytime Tours

    Tour Operator
    With its combination of superb scenery, accessible endemic birds, abundant game, and excellent infrastructure, Namibia has a great deal to offer traveling wildlife enthusiasts.
  • 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.
  • Frantic Naturalist

    Tour Operator
    Frantic Naturalist Tours and Safaris, focusing on special interest nature tours in Namibia
  • Leaflove Safari

    Tour Operator
    (Guide: Albert Voigts von Schütz) Opting for local birding services and guides is consistently the best choice. As Namibians ourselves and operating under the banner of Leaflove Safari, we ensure a seamless logistical experience for your birding trip. A comprehensive experience in Namibia includes its awe-inspiring sights and natural history highlights and, of course, its diverse birdlife. Count on our expertise to discover rare birds, maximize your birdwatching opportunities, and capture those perfect moments with a little patience.
  • 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.
Trip Reports

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  • 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…
  • 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...
  • 2015 002 February] - Robert Falkner

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    All in all a very productive and in many respects lucky trip with Robert, having seen 252 species and of those 102 were lifers adding to his already long list and target of seeing half the world’s bird species.
  • 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 [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 [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] - 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] - 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 alsoto 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 (whichoccurs 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 thelodge 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 [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.
  • 2016 [08 August] - Dayne Braine

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    This tailor made tour to Angola on the request from Intercontact Germany, commenced in Luanda, Angola and ended in Windhoek Namibia.
  • 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, ScarletchestedSunbird, Cinnamon-breasted and Goldenbreasted Buntings, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Ashy Tit, Pririt Batis, Brubru, Lesser Kestrel and a pair of Verreaux’s Eagle.
  • 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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    ...Enroute we enjoyed Pale Chanting Goshawk, Brown Snake Eagle, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Ring-necked Dove, Marico Flycatcher, Black-chested Prinia, Great Sparrow, Chat Flycatcher, SabotaLark, Alpine Swift, Common Swift, Karoo Long-billed Lark, Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark, Speckled Pigeon, Peregrine Falcon...
  • 2017 [07 July] - Wayne Jones

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    Itstarted with a tree full of waxbills –Blue, Violet-eared, Black-faced and Common. Our list soon included Green-winged Pytilia, Red-headed Finch, Scaly-feathered Weaver, Chestnut-vented Warbler, Scarlet-chested and Marico Sunbirds, 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 Mousebirdand 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 [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

    ...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] - 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 - Namibia & Okavango

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    For most of the country the previous three years drought had been broken and although too early for the migrants we did however do very well with birding generally. We searched and found all the near endemics as well as the endemic Dune Lark.
  • 2017 [10 October] - Terry Stevenson

    ...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 [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

    ...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, roads, 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 [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...
  • 2018 [08 August] – Chris Lotz

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    This 21-day trip of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia was a customized trip, which started in Walvis Bay, Namibia, on 20 August 2018 and ended in Livingstone, Zambia, on 9 September 2018. On this trip we aimed to find as many species of birds as possible while also enjoying the many animals and amazing sceneries the countries had to offer. The trip involved some fairly intense birding; however, we also enjoyed many relaxing boat cruises, a hot air balloon flight over the Namib Desert, and Khoisan cave paintings.
  • 2018 [09 September] - Dominic Rollinson

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    This 21-day trip of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia was a customized trip for Susan and Aileen from the Republic of Ireland, which started in Walvis Bay, Namibia, on 20 August 2018 and ended in Livingstone, Zambia, on 9 September 2018.
  • 2018 [09 September] – Jason Boyce

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    Namibia has become an incredible birding and general ecotourism destination in the last five-odd years. This was a private tour across this brilliant country, starting in the glorious Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
  • 2018 [11 November] - Jason Boyce

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    This was a Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia birding adventure to remember. Starting in the iconic and well-known Walvis Bay we would thereafter traverse the diversity of Namibia: the escarpment, then north to the Kunene River, through Etosha National Park, and finally into the Caprivi Strip.
  • 2019 [01 January] - Nature Travel

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    We just finished a very successful customised Namibia and Okavango Birding trip where the main focus was on finding the near endemic birds and key mammals.
  • 2019 [03 March] - Geoff Upton

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    We both came back from this trip saying it was one of the most enjoyable and successful we’ve done: Namibia has varied and beautiful landscapes, great weather, excellent hospitality, and a feeling of ease and safety everywhere we went. The birding was outstanding, and the number and variety of animals we saw was way beyond expectation.
  • 2019 [04 April] - Pieter Vrey

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    I met Arden back in 2014 on a trip to Manu National Park in Peru and we remained in occasional contact since then. In 2018 he contacted me for advice on a trip to southern Africa. When he confirmed his plans for Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe in Jan 2019, he invited me along for the central and northern sections of Namibia as I mentioned previously that these would be new areas for me.
  • 2019 [09 September] - Dominic Rollinson - Namibia & Okavango

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    We saw 296 species (and an additional four species were heard only) on this 12-day tour, including such highlights as African Pygmy Goose, Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Rüppell's Korhaan, Cape Gannet, White-backed Night Heron, Bank, Crowned, and Cape Cormorants, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Wattled and Blue Cranes, Burchell’s and Double-banded Coursers, Rock Pratincole, African Skimmer, Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Racket-tailed Roller, Violet Wood Hoopoe, Damara Red-billed, Bradfield’s, and Monteiro’s Hornbills, Pygmy and Red-necked Falcons, Rüppell's Parrot, Carp’s Tit, Gray’s, Dune, Stark’s, Karoo Long-billed, and Pink-billed Larks, Mosque Swallow, Rockrunner, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Orange River White-eye, and many others.
  • 2019 [11 November] - Birding Ecotours - Dominic Rollinson

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    Our Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls set-departure tour is always a popular one. We cover a large distance from west to east, which means we get to enjoy a broad range of habitats; consequently, this tour usually yields a high bird list. Besides the large numbers of special birds the tour also normally boasts good numbers of large and charismatic mammals and some of the smaller, lesser-known species too.
  • 2021 [11 November] - Dominic Rollinson - Complete Namibia

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    This fantastic 19-day Complete Namibia birding tour was to replace our regular Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls itinerary for 2021 due to travel limitations and difficulties during the Covid pandemic. The adjusted Complete Namibia itinerary would ensure no border crossings after arrival in Namibia.
  • 2022 [07 July] - Greg Smith

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    Rosy-faced Lovebirds were raucously playing on the roof and eaves of the lodge. African Red-eyed Bulbul and Crimson-breasted Shrike made it clear we were not in the American Southwest. We were warned not to walk alone outside the cottage at night. That’s right. This is still very large cat country, though they are not abundant in these parts. This morning was clear and beautiful, with just a little bit of chill in the air...
  • 2022 [08 August] - Dominic Rollinson - Birding Ecotours

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    Namibia is a must-visit African country, with the world’s oldest desert containing spectacular red sand and the highest dunes in the world, rugged desert mountains along the bird-rich Namibian Escarpment and the vast Etosha National Park, one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations. Namibia also has a large variety of near-endemic birds which are shared only with neighbouring southern Angola (along with one true endemic, Dune Lark).
  • 2022 [10 October] - Bob Meinke

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    After checking in and enjoying some refreshments we did a short familiarization walk around the lodge grounds. Here we encountered several Rock Hyrax (Dassies) and a few species of birds including Southern Masked Weaver, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Familiar Chat, Short-toed Rock Thrush, Crimson-breasted Shrike (Gonolek), Pririt Batis and Common Scimitarbill were amongst other species seen. During dinner a briefing of the following days’ activities were discussed before retiring for the night...
  • 2022 [11 November] - Dominic Rollinson - Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls

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    This 18-day birding and wildlife safari covered a vast distance and variety of habitats, from the coastal Namib Desert at Walvis Bay, in Namibia, to the subtropics of Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
  • 2023 [09 September] - Bryan Shirley - Botswana-Namibia

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    We had an outstanding time in the Okavango Delta and Northern Botswana. The sheer number of mammals was incredible. We had amazing, unforgettable experiences with Lions, Leopards, and lots of other wildlife every time we went out. Of course birds were great as well with good birding right around the camps and on our safari drives. Wended the Botswana portion of the trip with 180 species of birds, 33 mammals, and 3 reptiles/amphibians.
  • 2023 [11 November] - Albert Voigts von Schütz - Namib-Zambezi

    ...Amongst Monte Christo’s towering winter thorn and camel thorn trees, the vibrant observation of a Violet Wood Hoopoe group proved both delightful and frustrating. While these birds noisily paraded past us, they refused to pose perfectly for photographs...
Places to Stay

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  • Hohenstein Lodge

    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.
  • Hobatere Lodge

    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

    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, R
  • 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.
  • Langholm Hotel

    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

    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!]
  • 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...

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