This 4-day birding tour has been carefully designed for the birder who is short on time but focused on locating as many Namibian near-endemics (along with the one real endemic) as possible in a short amount of time. Namibia is a fantastic destination for birders. A real endemic and 15 near-endemic bird species are among Namibia’s nearly 700 species of birds, along with many other amazing species. This journey can be customized to meet your objectives and begins and concludes in Windhoek. Come birding with us!
We’ll meet you this morning at your hotel or guesthouse to begin our 4-day endemic birding tour. We’ll meet up, load your belongings into the cozy, air-conditioned car, and drive off. During the drive, we will get to know one another and discuss everyone’s intended target birds. Our first visit will be to Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, a reserve on the western side of Windhoek that offers great dry-country birding. From here, we descend the escarpment and go across the breathtaking plains of the Namib Desert. We’ll get there in the late afternoon in Walvis Bay. We’ll meet together for some afternoon bird watching after settling into our ideal evening accommodations. We’ll spend the late afternoon at the well-known lagoon in Walvis Bay, which is home to many amazing bird species. After returning to our accommodation to freshen up, we will enjoy supper at one of the town’s many high-calibre restaurants. After that, we’ll head back to our resort to get a nice night’s sleep.
From here, we will go north to Damaraland, passing by the Spitzkoppe, one of Namibia’s most famous sights. A wide variety of unique bird species call the plains of Damaraland home. A variety of desert-adapted fauna, including the African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, and Lion, may be found in this area, and they all manage to survive and even thrive in this otherwise arid environment. We could be fortunate enough to see some of these unique species. Today, after an early breakfast at our resort, we’ll concentrate on finding the Dune Lark, the only real endemic bird in Namibia and an excellent addition to the life lists of any dedicated birder. We should arrive at our Huab River resort around late afternoon. The Brandberg, Namibia’s tallest mountain, is nearby. Our hotel for tonight is a lovely lodge with breathtaking views. After checking in, we’ll spend some time in our rooms. Then we’ll get together, update our lists, and have a wonderful meal.
We will spend the morning exploring the Huab River and nearby Mopane woods, which are home to some near-endemic and other significant species to Namibia. After lunch, we’ll travel southeast to the stunning rocky terrain of the Erongo region. Rugged granite outcrops that tower over the nearby dry plains dominate the area. It’s the greatest place in the nation to look for the elusive Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, so even though it would probably be best to look for it tomorrow morning, we’ll take a little stroll among the stones to give it a shot. The ideal way to round off a great birding journey is to stay at our lodge, which is well positioned among the rocks. We’ll eat dinner, review our to-do lists, and possibly relax on the deck to take in the breathtaking views. We retire to our tents after dinner and have a good night’s rest because we have some significant aims for the following morning.
We’ll go for a stroll around the lodge first thing in the morning. There are some really unique birds that are well known among the granite hills that surround the lodge. The vast majority of Rosy-faced Lovebirds ought to be hard at work with their morning foraging by the time we return to the dining room for a late breakfast. The experience of drinking coffee while surrounded by hundreds of these vibrant lovebirds is unique. After a great morning of bird watching, we will pack up, check out, and travel back to Windhoek. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to travel back to the capital from the southeast. Once you arrive in the city, we may transport you to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, back to your hotel or guesthouse if you are staying overnight, or we can stop at one of the other hotspots for birding in the area if you are only traveling later in the evening.
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