16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday

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16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday is the ultimate bird watching adventure, which continues into Botswana to experience the amazing wildlife of the Okavango. This 16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday expedition is able to produce a list of over 400 different bird species and the accompanying mammal and reptile counts are equally impressive and some of the highest out of all of our African destinations that we visit. This is a Birding Tour. 16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday 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.

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    All about the 16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday.

    16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday is the ultimate bird watching adventure, which continues into Botswana to experience the amazing wildlife of the Okavango. This 16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday expedition is able to produce a list of over 400 different bird species and the accompanying mammal and reptile counts are equally impressive and some of the highest out of all of our African destinations that we visit. This is a Birding Tour. 16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday 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.

    16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday is a truly wonderful birding itinerary, specially targeted towards seeing every major Namibian endemic and near-endemic, in a fantastic part of the world. We will be in the region during one of the very best times of year to visit Namibia and neighboring Botswana. Our 16 Days Namibia Botswana Birding Tour Holiday is a marvelous journey through Africa’s ‘real; democracies, which are surely two of the friendliest and most modern states in Africa.

    Birdquest’s Namibia birding tours combined with Botswana are a special African birding and wildlife journey that feature a spectacular feast of special, restricted-range birds, not to mention some magnificent scenery and splendid mammals. Our combined Namibia & Botswana birding tour takes in the edge of the Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Park and the famous Okavango Delta, as well as several equally good, but less well-known, areas.

    The southwestern corner of Africa not only contains some of Africa’s most magnificent scenery but also the greatest concentration of endemic birds on the continent. This part of Africa offers superb, easy, very enjoyable birding (almost entirely in open country) with many endemic, near-endemic or restricted-range specialties, some of the best mammal watching on the continent, wonderful scenery, amazingly good roads, and good accommodations and food.

    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
    1. Day 1: Arrive Windhoek

      If arrival times allow, we may head out to look for our first specialties, like Monteiro’s Hornbill, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Crimson-breasted Boubou, Rosy-faced Lovebird, and Violet-eared Waxbill. We overnight in Windhoek.

    2. Day 2: Windhoek to Spreetshoogte.

      Leaving Windhoek we make our way towards the dramatic Namibian escarpment. Here we will search for Pygmy Falcon, Southern Pale Chanting-Goshawk, Sociable Weaver, Lark-like Bunting, and the nomadic Chestnut Weaver. In the evening we arrive at the spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass where we spend the night perched above the Namib Desert.

    3. Day 3: Spreetshoogte to Swakopmund.

      Descending the escarpment, we comb the gravel plains of the seemingly empty and wild Namib Desert. We should see some great birds, including Rueppell’s Korhaan, Burchell’s Courser, Gray’s Lark, and Tractrac Chat. There is a chance for the nomadic Ludwig’s Bustard, though it is sometimes absent from the area. We take a detour via Homeb, a fascinating area where the stony gravel plains meet the red dune sea at the Kuiseb River. This oasis attracts some interesting species including the Orange River White-eye, Bokmaikeirie and others. This area also gives us our only chance to see the Welwitschia, a bizarre plant that is regarded as a living fossil. We complete the day at Walvis Bay watching Cape Gannets plunging into the icy Atlantic Ocean.

    4. Day 4: Walvis Bay.

      Today we explore the fascinating and famous Walvis Bay lagoon. The waters are tinged pink with Greater and Lesser Flamingos, large pelican formations, and tern flocks. The backdrop of the desert dunes makes for dramatic scenery. Cape, Bank, and Crowned Cormorants sit atop the largest guano platforms in the world, and the endemic Damara Tern may drift by.

    5. Day 5: Swakopmund to Omaruru.

      In the early morning we head towards Spitzkoppe, a series of impressive granite inselbergs rising from the desert plains. Here we shall search for Herero Chat, Namibia’s most elusive endemic. Other birds occurring here include Augur Buzzard, Pied Barbet, and Pale-winged Starling. Later we drive to the boulder-strewn landscape of Omaruru, where our lodge is nestled in the midst of the mountains. One of the highlights of the trip, it is not only exquisitely beautiful, but the grounds are heaving with Namibian endemics.

    6. Day 6: Erongo.

      As the early morning light strikes the red rocks, we will be perched atop a boulder waiting for boisterous coveys of Hartlaub’s Francolins and rock-hopping White-tailed Shrikes to put in an appearance. While we are waiting, we should be serenaded by the melodious Damara Rockrunner, a stunning songster that scuttles over rocky slopes. There is still some debate as to whether this odd bird is better classified as a rockjumper. Later we will venture down to the sandy riverbeds in search of cackling Violet Woodhoopoes, Damara Hornbills, and turquoise-bellied Rueppell’s Parrots. Imitating the vocalizations of a Pearl-spotted Owlet should bring in a bunch of passerines including Pied Babbler, Dusky Sunbird, Black-chested Prinia, and more. With luck one of the Anna trees will hold the sizable Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl.

    7. Days 7-9: Etosha NP.

      Today we reach the renowned Etosha NP, where we will spend nights at two different camps, each with a floodlit waterhole, and one more full day in the park before we leave at dusk and overnight in Tsumeb. Our days will be spent exploring the various habitats including the Etosha Pan and Andoni plains. There is much to see here, including a variety of bustards, francolins, coursers, eagles, and vultures. After the sun sets, the wildlife festival gets into full swing at the waterholes, which are visited by numerous big game including Lion, Black Rhinoceros, and African Elephant. At dusk, flocks of hundreds of Double-banded and Namaqua Sandgrouse arrive in an unforgettable melodious downpour. Even birding around the camps can yield an excellent variety of woodland birds, including Southern White-crowned Shrike and African Scops-Owl.

    8. Day 10: Tsumeb to Kavango.

      We’ll spend some time looking for Black-faced Babbler before driving on to Kavango.

    9. Day 11: Kavango.

      The morning will be spent exploring the Kavango area for herons, ducks, skimmers, pratincoles, and other waterbirds. A stop will be made in the broadleaf woodlands near Popa Falls, which support uncommon species like White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Green-capped Eremomela, and Rufous-bellied Tit.

    10. Day 12: Kavango to Okavango Delta.

      Following the Kavango River south towards Botswana, we begin to encounter Okavango birds, including Hartlaub’s Babbler and Swamp Boubou. In Mahango the river begins its splendid outpouring into the sands of the Kalahari, and we search the open floodplain for Slaty Egret, Rufous-bellied Heron, and the regal Wattled Crane.

      Malachite Kingfishers are a big hit during boat cruises in the Okavango

      Malachite Kingfishers are a big hit during boat cruises in the Okavango (Iain Campbell)

    11. Day 13: Okavango Delta.

      The extensive reedbeds in this sea of papyrus are directly adjacent to our lodge, and home to a wide variety of herons, egrets, and kingfishers, as well as Chirping Cisticola and Southern Brown-throated Weaver. A number of rare or difficult species are regular here, such as the highly sought-after foxy-brown Pel’s Fishing-Owl. White-backed Night-Herons are also occasionally seen stalking the river’s edge.

    12. Day 14: Shakawe to Kavango.

      We return to Kavango in Namibia.

    13. Day 15: Kavango to Windhoek.

      Depending on what birds we still need, our return route can explore either the woodlands near Rundu or make for the impressive Waterberg escarpment, where the birding can be as spectacular as the scenery. We end the day in Windhoek.

    14. Day 16: Departure.

      Today we leave the sunny city on our international flights.

    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.
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    The Rock Painting Lodge
    The Rock Painting Lodge
    Mushara LodgeMushara Lodge
    Mushara Lodge
    Mushara Lodge

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