13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure


13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure

13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure is a photographic birding tour that gives you time in some of Africa’s greatest African birding havens. Our 13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure begins with three days in the rugged Erongo Mountains where, at the magical lodge we use, some localized and striking birds can be seen and photographed, truly up-close and personal, among the amazing rock formations.

13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure is a photographic birding tour that gives you time in some of Africa’s greatest African birding havens. Our 13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure begins with three days in the rugged Erongo Mountains where, at the magical lodge we use, some localized and striking birds can be seen and photographed, truly up-close and personal, among the amazing rock formations.

Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure

The middle part of the tour finds us in one of the continent’s finest game parks, Etosha. Here Lions and other big cats, African Elephants, rhino, Southern Giraffe, and a plethora of other big and small mammals roam freely among some spectacular birds, such as Crimson-breasted Shrike, Secretary bird, various owls (some of them at their daytime roosts), and all the others.

Floodlit waterholes at the park’s lodges provide awesome and rather easy photographic opportunities. Finally, we bird the panhandle of the Okavango Delta in Botswana – this inland delta is of course world-famous and needs no introduction. All in all, this 13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure gives an absolutely dream African birding experience, and it allows time for photography.

13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure is designed to see as many birds as possible, while spending extra time on endemics and other target species. Photography is welcome as long as it doesn’t interfere with the birding. For many birds, there will be little or no time to photograph them since there are other birds around to see. We’ll also look at other wildlife, especially in Etosha.

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    All about the 13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure.

    13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure

    Namibia is a land of exceptional diversity. The rocky Namibian escarpment dominates the backbone of the country, while the desolate Skeleton Coast and adjoining red dune sea of the Namib Desert fringe the Atlantic Ocean. The north holds Africa’s most spectacular ephemeral wetland, the Etosha Pan, part of a national park of the same name. Further east the deserts give way to moist woodland in the club-shaped Caprivi Strip. The Caprivi and adjacent Botswana hold the panhandle portion of the Okavango Delta, a world-famous watery oasis spilling onto the Kalahari sands. With such a diversity of habitats, a trip to this country cannot fail to produce a wealth of exciting birds.

    This 13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure offers a unique experience in many ways, from its birdlife to its history and scenery, Namibia has for a long time been a country that holds great fascination for birders. Although Namibia is home to only a single true endemic species, the Dune Lark, a large number of near-endemics and specials may be found within its borders, and we’ll aim to find these on this birdwatching tour in Namibia.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Meals
    • Accommodation
    • All transport while on tour
    • Guiding fees
    • Entrance fees
    • Bottled water throughout the tour
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • All flights
    • Drinks
    • Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
    • Laundry
    • Personal insurance
    13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure
    13 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Adventure
    1. Days 1 – 3. Erongo Mountains

      After our international flight arrives in Windhoek we head west for the Erongo Mountains (three hours’ drive with no stops) on the edge of the Namib Desert. At Ai-Aiba Lodge, where we spend three nights, noisy flocks of Rosy-faced Lovebird are commonly encountered, with small coveys of the localized, bizarre and highly secretive Hartlaub’s Spurfowl occurring nearby. A host of other exciting and colorful birds may also be encountered around the lodge grounds, providing for some great photographic opportunities.

      The fabulous White-tailed Shrike is common in the general area too. This species – like several of the birds here in the Erongo Mountains – is restricted to northern Namibia and southern Angola. Cape Porcupine is also sometimes seen on night drives in the area. Other mammals, such as Greater Kudu and Kirk’s Dik-dik, are fairly common in the bushier landscape. The secretive but striking Kaokoveld Slender Mongoose often gives fleeting views (if seen at all!), and rarely poses long enough for photographs. At dusk Freckled Nightjar usually appears and makes its dog-like “bow-wow” call. A morning walk usually easily generates Rockrunner, another strikingly marked, characterful, and localized bird. A drive from the lodge to nearby dry riverbeds lined with tall Camel Thorn trees can be good for Rüppell’s Parrot and Violet Wood Hoopoe. Time-permitting, a walk to nearby caves with stone-age rock paintings is worthwhile.

      Overnight: Ai-Aiba – The Rock Painting Lodge, Omaruru

      Namibia and Botswana photography tourViolet Wood Hoopoe occurs in small family groups in the Erongo area.

    2. Days 4 – 5. Etosha National Park

      We have a half day’s drive to Etosha National Park, where we spend two nights at Okaukuejo Camp in comfortable chalets. The floodlit waterhole here must be one of the world’s best places to see the rare Black Rhinoceros. Loads of other animals and birds come here to drink day and night, including African Elephant, Plains Zebra, Springbok, Double-banded Sandgrouse, and a host of others. Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Western Barn Owl, Grey-hooded Kingfisher, Crimson-breasted Shrike (Namibia’s absolutely brilliantly colored national bird), and Sociable Weaver (with its humongous nests) also frequent the camp. Venturing out of the camp in our vehicle (due to the presence of dangerous animals it is illegal to alight from the vehicle) on birding/game drives, we will look for Pygmy Falcon, larks, Double-banded Courser, Secretarybird, Ant-eating Chat, Lion, Cheetah (this cat is rare, but Etosha provides a fair chance at it), and a host of others.

      Overnight: Okaukuejo Camp, Etosha National Park

    3. Days 6 – 7. Etosha National Park

      After final wildlife photography at Okaukuejo we head into the heart of Etosha and spend two nights at Halali Camp – which is in a completely different habitat (mopane woodland instead of open plains and savanna). The floodlit waterhole at this camp is at least as good as the one at Okaukuejo; in fact, it provides a better chance at Leopard (especially if you are willing to spend hours there at night with a bottle of wine – it can be a tough life in Africa!). We sometimes find five different owl species at Halali – on a recent visit there we located Southern White-faced Owl, African Scops Owl, and Western Barn Owl at their daytime roosts, in addition to active Pearl-spotted Owlet – this is a pygmy owl species that is active both day and night. Honey Badger is known to lurk around the camp at night.

      Overnight: Halali Camp, Etosha National Park

    4. Days 8 – 9. Etosha National Park

      We spend our last two Namibian nights (before proceeding to Botswana) at Mushara Lodge on the far eastern side of Etosha just outside the park. Once again the eastern side of Etosha presents a very different habitat compared to the two camps we will have been to. Gangs of Banded Mongooses are very tame around here, and this gregarious, gorgeously cute, and well-marked animal provides much entertainment and seems to love being in photos. Many Acacia birds are found in this area, and with luck we might even see Red-necked Falcon. A drive to the interesting plains to the north of the camp often generates beautiful Blue Crane (near-endemic to South Africa except for an isolated population here in Etosha), Eastern Clapper Lark, herds of game, and much else. An extension of the massive Etosha Pan or “the Great White Place” itself, Fischer’s Pan, sometimes holds large amounts of water, unlike most of the rest of this ancient “wetland” (now dry in modern times).

      Overnight: Mushara Lodge, Tsumeb

    5. Days 10 – 12. Etosha National Park - Okavango Panhandle

      We have a long drive (at least half a day) to the Okavango. We head northeast from Namutoni, eventually reaching much less arid areas, soon finding ourselves in Namibia’s tropical Caprivi Strip. Eventually we meet the Kavango River, which we then follow southward into Botswana. Here in Botswana this large river spreads out into the panhandle of the incredible Okavango Delta – eventually the thirsty Kalahari sands absorb the entire river, preventing it from ever getting to the sea. The Okavango Delta is a humongous oasis, consisting of papyrus-lined channels, riverine, forest-covered islands, and quiet backwaters. Crocodiles and Hippopotamuses are common in these swamps, as are a plethora of herons (including some quite rare ones, such as White-backed Night Heron, Rufous-bellied Heron, the very localized Slaty Egret, etc.), and kingfishers (from the minute Malachite Kingfisher to the huge Giant Kingfisher – and everything in between).

      Several different bee-eaters add an awesome splash of almost unbelievable rainbow colors, and one of the most spectacular sights is arguably the most spectacular species, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, breeding on sandbanks along the river. Many of these birds mentioned can be approached very closely by boat – which is how we spend much of our time birding here in the delta. One of the great prizes of the Okavango is Pel’s Fishing Owl, which we usually find without many problems, along with African Wood Owl and African Barred Owlet. Brown Firefinch, African Pygmy Goose, and hornbills, and a rich diversity of other birds will also be sought here.

      Overnight: Xaro Lodge or Drotsky’s Cabins, Shakawe

      Namibia and Botswana photography tourWe’ll search for Pel’s Fishing Owl in the Okavango Swamps.

    6. Day 13. Departure

      We have a four-hour-long drive to Maun for our flights home.

    Hotels, Tea Houses and Camps

    The Rock Painting Lodge

    Situated between Usakos and Omaruru amidst massive granite boulders overlooking the magnificent Erongo Mountain Range is AiAiba Lodge. The Erongo Region is one of the most environmentally diverse areas in Namibia, hosting an array of endemic and near-endemic plant, reptile, mammal and bird species, as well as a wealth of cultural artefacts. Twenty thatched-roof twin bedrooms, tastefully appointed en-suite shower, offer the visitor a unique, luxurious African experience. The restaurant with its panoramic view, bar and crystal-clear pool nestling amount the rocks add to the natural tranquillity of the surroundings.

    Okaukuejo Camp

    Famous for its floodlit waterhole Okaukuejo Rest Camp is also the administrative centre of Etosha. Most visitors travel though this camp with its characteristic stone tower and Etosha Ecological Institute is also situated within the camp. After sunset floodlights illuminate the waterhole. This is the best time and place to see the endangered black rhino. This archaic mammal can often be seen drinking alongside lion and elephant. The number and interaction of the animals is the major drawcard of Okaukuejo Rest Camp in Namibia.

    Mushara Lodge

    Mushara Lodge is an ideal overnight stop for visitors to the game reserve. The lodge consists of ten spacious chalets, one family unit, a triple room and two single rooms. The name Mushara is derived from the Purple Pod Terminalia tree which grows abundantly on the lodge grounds and in the surroundings. The thatched public area includes a small library with a selection of good books, a bar with an extensive wine cellar, an airy lounge completes with welcoming fireplace for winter evenings, a dining area and a well-stocked curio shop. Mushara Lodge features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Namutoni. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Each room includes a patio with garden views and free WiFi.

    Xaro Lodge

    Luxurious and tranquil, Xaro Lodge is situated on the banks of the Okavango River, where Africa is still wild. Here you awake to the call of fish eagles, share your meals with robin chats and babblers, and watch skimmers shear the smooth surface of the river while you enjoy some of the most magnificent sunsets Africa has on offer. While its remote location makes for total peace and quiet, every element of guest comfort is seen to in meru-styled luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms. Lounge in bed while absorbing the view through the glass sliding door, enjoy your early morning coffee on your own private patio, or stroll along the riverbank to the open air dining area, where all meals are served.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    The Rock Painting LodgeThe Rock Painting Lodge
    The Rock Painting Lodge
    The Rock Painting Lodge
    Okaukuejo CampOkaukuejo Camp
    Mushara Lodge
    Mushara Lodge
    Okaukuejo Camp
    Okaukuejo Camp

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