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Birding Safari

Duration: 10 days

Namibia regularly hosts up to 660 bird species due to its wide variety of habitats. Namibia has 14 near endemic species of birds and the itineraries are designed to focus on the primary birding areas with emphasis on these endemic species.

Day 1: Swakopmund. Arrive at Walvis Bay Airport where you are met and transferred to Swakopmund to collect your rental car and receive a full tour briefing.

Day 2: Swakopmund. Explore all that the coastal region has to offer. The lagoon area in Walvis Bay has large concentrations of birds; you can see thousands of Greater and Lesser Flamingoes; Cape, Bank, Crowned and Whitebreasted Cormorants as well as African Black Oystercatchers, Avocets and the endemic Damara Tern.

Day 3: Omaruru. You head off to Omaruru which one of Namibia's top birding spots but en route it is a good idea to go via the inselbergs of Spitzkoppe to try and find Herero Chats. Other birds that you might find en route are Long-billed Lark, Karoo Chat, Chat Flycatcher and Lanner Falcon. In the surrounds of Omaruru in the river beds you would hopefully find Ruppell's Parrot, Burnt–necked Eremomela amongst others, the granitic mountain sides should reveal Hartlaub's Francolin and Damara Rockrunner and Monteiro's Hornbill.

Day 4 & 5: Etosha National Park. With over 380 bird species, this will be one of the highlights of your trip. Bataleur Eagles, Secretary Birds and Tawny Eagles are raptors to look out for. Double Banded Coursers, Northern Black Korhaan and Blacksmith Plovers are fairly common. Halali with its Mopane Forest is a must – here you should pick up Violet-Eared Waxbills, African Hoopoe, Bare-cheeked Babler, Carps Tit as well as Scops and Pearl Spotted Owls. Near Namutoni you hope to find Blue Cranes, Temmincks Courser, Clapper Lark as well as Crimson Breasted Shrikes and Boubous.

Day 6: Windhoek. Here you can explore the sparsely wooded hills and valleys near the city centre here you should find – Short-toed Rock Thrush, White-tailed shrike. Avis Dam should yield Bradfield's and Palm Swifts, Rock Martin as well as wetland birds such as Cape Shoveller and Red-billed Teal. In the surrounding grasslands a variety of seedeaters such as Black-chested Prinia and Yellow-bellied Eremomela are fairly common.

Day 7: Namib Desert. On the way you should be able to see the following raptors – Tawny Eagle, Pale Chanting Goshawk as well as other roadside birds such as Pale-winged Starling and Red crested Korhaan.

Day 8: Sossusvlei. There is not much bird-life here but the stunning scenery should make up for this. Some of the birds you should be able to see are Dune Lark, Pied Crow, Tractrac Chat, Rufous-vented Tit Babler and of course Ruppell's Korhaan

Day 9: Swakopmund. You should be able to find the Sociable Weaver en route and Gray's Lark on the gravel plains.

Day 10: Departure.

The above is a fairly standard birding safari – additional add-on's could include the following riverine environments :-

Okavango River to find the ‘Okavango Specials' such as Coppery-tailed Coucal and Slaty Egret amongst others, and Shakawe for Pel's Fishing Owl. Kwando River for Pygmy Kingfisher, White-fronted Bee-Eater and Wood Owl Zambezi River for the Trumpeter Hornbill, Crested Barbet, Greyheaded Bush Shrike As well as the Waterberg Plateau Park where you can find a breeding colony of Cape Vulture as well as a breeding site for Booted Eagle.

PLEASE NOTE: Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours!