This African Birding Safari takes in three countries in Southern Africa, namely Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Situated on the western side of Southern Africa, Namibia covers some 824,292 sq km (318,259 sq mi) yet has a total population of fewer than 3 million people, making it one of the least densely populated countries on earth (and ideal for an African birding safari!). Along its western side, the country has a 1 500 kilometer coastline, where the cold Atlantic Ocean meets the desert. The effects of the cold ocean extend far inland, creating an arid climate in the southern and western parts of the country, while in the north-east the ocean effects are mitigated and the climate becomes steadily wetter, creating conditions for prime savanna country. In a complicated colonial treaty, a 450 kilometer strip of land stretching eastwards like a wedge between Angola, Botswana and Zambia was annexed to Namibia, creating what is known as the Caprivi Strip, which adds a subtropical savanna element to the country’s diverse range of biomes. Our birding safari begins in the Capital city of Windhoek, taking in the dunes of the Namib, the wader hotspots on the Atlantic coast and the dry, rocky Erongo wilderness region before stopping in Etosha National Park, Namibia’s flagship wildlife region. From there we head eastwards to Rundu before deviating into the Okavango Panhandle region of Botswana and then continuing to the end of the safari in Victoria Falls. This 18 day African birding safari takes in a spectacular part of the world, covering a vast range of habitats and is designed to produce a varied bird list and incorporate a wide range of scenery and interesting sites. Read more about birding in Namibia. As another option consider Botswana: Water & Wilderness.
5 – 23 February 2021 (18 nights / 19 days)
4 – 22 February 2022
Starts in Windhoek on the first day of the tour from late morning arrival flights. Ends on the last day of the tour at Victoria Falls Airport in time for late morning departure flights. Please check with us before booking any flights.
2021: ZAR 92 200 per person sharing, ZAR 5 250 single supplement
2022 prices coming soon!
Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control.
• All meals
• Ground transport
• Bottled water in Lawson’s vehicle whilst travelling
• Entrance fees
• Personalised checklists
• Specialist guide fees
• All airfares
• Travel and medical insurance
• All drinks
• Optional excursions where applicable
• Items of a personal nature
• Personal border fees
• This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
• The species mentioned in the itinerary represent only some of the possible ones we may see on the tour, however, none of these can be guaranteed even though every effort will be made where possible to locate them. A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.
*Drive the spectacular Sptreetshooget Pass leading from the escarpment to the Namib Desert.
*See waders galore at Walvis Bay on the Atlantic Coast.
*Relax in the stunning beauty of Erongo Wilderness Lodge.
*Spend time birding and game viewing in Etosha National Park, one of the great parks of Southern Africa.
*Enjoy birding and game viewing boat trips on the Okavango and Zambezi Rivers.
*See Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Group size: maximum of 8 participants; 4 participants per guide / vehicle.
Areas visited: Windhoek, Namib Grens, Swakopmund, Erongo Mountains, Etosha, Rundu, Shakawe, Katima Mulilo and Victoria Falls.
Expected weather conditions: mild to warm on the central plateau and the Namib Desert, warm to very hot for the rest of it, humid as well in Caprivi. Some rain to be expected.
Birding in brief: excellent in terms of variety and also specials and near-endemics. Good general savannah birding in Etosha and Caprivi.
Top birds: Rockrunner, Herero Chat, White-tailed Shrike, Rüpell’s Korhaan, Monterio’s Hornbill, Sharp-tailed Starling, African Skimmer, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Western Banded Snake-Eagle and many others.
Mammal viewing: good all-round and excellent in Etosha, where big game occurs. Highlights may include Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Black Rhino.
“As I said to the group when we were at Zambezi Mubala, I would need to look up a Thesaurus when I got home to find extra positive words to properly describe our experiences and the guides”.
Rosemary Stapleton, Australia, after Windhoek to Victoria Falls 2018.