Namibia must rate as one of Africa's greatest birding destinations:
fantastic game watching, numerous desert birding endemics, sweeping
scenery and a very high standard of accommodation, to boot!
Our trips focus on finding most of Namibia's endemic birds. We combine
the Namib desert experience (we'll have breakfast atop a huge red
dune while looking for Dune Lark) with a search
for Desert Elephants and Welwitschias, and a visit to Etosha Pan,
one of Africa's most spectacular wildlife parks.
We make an extra effort to stay in comfortable, sometimes luxurious
accommodation, that keeps us as close as possible to the best birding
areas - we even had the near-endemic and elusive Hartlaub's
Francolin in front of our rooms while brushing our teeth
one morning on a tour last year!
Our Namibia itineraries generally include Walvis Bay, the Erongo
Mountains, Spitzkoppe, Brandberg, Etosha and the Waterberg Plateau
National Parks. We offer an optional Living Deserts excursion, to
see desert-adapted reptiles such as Side-winding Adder, Palmato
Gecko and Shovel-snouted Lizard (click here for pictures).
If time permits, we recommend adding a 5 to 7 day extension to the
bird-rich Caprivi area in Northern Namibia and the verdant Okavango
Panhandle in Botswana. Here we search for the elusive Pel's
Fishing Owl along the forested backwaters of the Okavango
River. For private and guided group tours that target the
Okavango Delta, please click
All our previous trips have seen all endemic and near-endemic birds,
including Herero Chat. Click here for a trip
Featured Leader: Tertius A. Gous
Tertius recommends: This tour
is well suited to world listers and mammal enthusiasts.
Tertius has birded widely across Africa and his sharp eye and gentle nature are key in making our tours such a success (see client comments on webpage). Tertius grew up in the bushveld in South Africa and now leads tours for Birding Africa in South
Africa, Namibia and the Okavango, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Madagascar and Ethiopia.
He is our only guide to have seen both African and Green-breasted Pittas while leading Birding Africa tours in one year! Tertius has a broad interest in all wildlife and is trained as a vet and volunteers his special skills for penguin conservation.
He is also an accomplished bird photographer. Some of the photos in the leaflets below were taken by Tertius on a Birding Africa Ethiopia tour.
'Again, my warmest thanks
for your [Joe's] fantastic performance as our Namibia-Botswanda
guide. I still wonder how you managed all that driving, bird-watching,
organizing, keeping a perfect mood - not possible to do better!'
'Many thanks [Marje] for such a comprehensive set of information...
but then I'd expect nothing less after all of your previous hard
work and attention to detail!
'The trip was a huge success....” “Dalton was brilliant
with the  children and an excellent travelling companion. He
enlivened the list with a huge fund of bird and animal tales...perfect."
JH, Oundle, UK
'...using the invaluable 'Southern
African Birdfinder' (Cohen et al, 2007) as a reference, the services
of Birding Africa (http://www.birding-africa.com/) were employed
in sourcing appropriate accommodating, giving additional logistical
advice and securing some excellent low-season deals on both accommodation
and car hire. Birding Africa were also on hand to make a few tweaks
in the itinerary during the course of our travels and it was reassuring
to know that we had such backup should anything go astray. Special
thanks must be credited to Marje Hemp of Birding Africa who worked
tirelessly in answering our many queries and requests and also to
Callan Cohen for all the additional bird-finding help and advice
so freely given; without Birding Africa's input the trip would surely
not have been the smooth-running success which it turned out to
be and we would urge anyone who follows in our footsteps to do so
with the assistance of this first class company.'
IM, Leicestershire, UK
'I pass on our thanks to you, for what was an excellent trip
and one that I will want to remember for many years." "Great
trip & accommodation everywhere was excellent.'
LJ & MP
Please click this link for more
detailed information about our upcoming tours to Botswana.
For keen birders and mammal
enthusiasts. The tour focuses on most of Namibia's endemic birds
and wildlife, including unique desert-adapted species. The extension
to the Okavango Panhandle offers specials such as Pel's Fishing
Owl, Slaty Egret and White-backed Night Heron and involves an
Okavango River boat trip. While the tour is designed to see
as many endemic birds as possible, we are also able to spend
a lot of time looking for other aspects of wildlife such as
mammals, chameleons, geckos, butterflies and interesting desert-adapted
plants, such as Welwitschia and Hoodia. We can also customise
any guided or self-drive itinerary to suit to the keen birder,
the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Many participants on our trips are amateur
wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a
bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing
it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority
of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or
bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the
next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are
very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody
who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
No fitness is required. The few walks
are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional small
Good year round. At Etosha, birding
is best in summer, but game viewing is easiest in winter. September
to November may be best for birding in the Okavango panhandle
region as Afritropical and Palaearctic migrants begin to arrive.
However, late summer is equally interesting.
Hot, especially in summer.
A good standard of accommodation in
guest houses, lodges and rest camps.
We travel by minibus or four wheel drive
vehicle. The tour starts and ends in Windhoek.
This depends on the specific tour. Please
enquire. Maximum 6 people on the Namibia Okavango tours.
Namibia: One endemic and almost 20 near-endemics
in a spectacular setting; Herero Chat, White-tailed Shrike,
Carp's Tit, Monteiro's Hornbill, Rockrunner, Rosy-faced Lovebird,
Rueppell's Parrot, Hartlaub's Francolin, Dune Lark, Blue Crane,
Secretarybird, Ludwig's Bustard, Southern Ground Hornbill, Burchell's
Courser, Rosy-breasted Longclaw.
African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros,
Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Springbok, Damara Dik-dik, Klipspringer,
Gemsbok (Southern Oryx), Burchell's Zebra, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Hartebeest,
Black-faced Impala, Meerkat, Dassie Rat. In the Okavango Panhandle,
there is a chance of seeing Sitatunga and Hippopotamus.
Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.
Birding Africa is a specialist birding
tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed
holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies,
dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide
you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations.
Our guides' knowledge of African
birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we
have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the
birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.
We've even written two acclaimed guide
books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best
birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and
we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled
with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997,
we've run bird watching tours
in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders,
small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've
run Conservation Tours
in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult
for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC
Natural History Unit.