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Herping Tour in Namibia

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Namibia 13 Days
Starting From NAD 36,995 / per person
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Birding in Namibia and Wildlife Tour

4.83based on 6 reviews
Namibia 18 Days
Starting From NAD 77,995 / per person
Rhino
A typical scene of an animal congregation around a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia. During the drier months from May - November animals are reliant on waterholes for water and huge amounts of various species can be seen. Black Rhinos are fairly common in Etosha National Park.
Lion
A majestic male lion in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Lions are quite common in Etosha and we regularly see them on our tours. There is nothing like hearing lions roar. They have the loudest roars of all the big cats and they can be heard from as far as 8km away.
Dune Lark
The Dune Lark is Namibia's only true endemic. Living at the base of the huge red dunes of the Namib, this lark is one of the most arid-adapted birds in the world.
White-tailed Shrike
One of our near-endemics, the White-tailed Shrike, is a popular target.
Oryx
This beautiful Oryx, set against the red dunes of Sossusvlei, is one of many desert-adapted wildlife that can be seen on our tours.
Namaqua Chameleon
The Namaqua Chameleon is one of two chameleon species found in Namibia
Hartlaub's Spurfowl
The small Hartlaub's Spurfowl is our most popular near-endemic target
Damara Dik-Dik
The Damara dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii) is one of Africa's smallest antelopes and is a protected species in Namibia.
Rockrunner
The striking near-endemic Rockrunner, an African warbler species, can be found by following its beautiful oriole-like singing.
Namib Web-footed Gecko
The Namib Web-footed Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei) is one of the many fascinating desert-adapted reptiles that we look for on our tours.

The Naturalist collection concentrates on low impact groups doing specialised birding, herping, mammal, photographic and butterfly tours within Namibia.

We are members of TOSCO (Tourism Supporting Conservation Trust), the N.E.W.S. (Namibian Environment & Wildlife Society) as well as supporters of the Desert Lion Conservation.

We offer eco tours taking extreme care about the environmental impact: the use of non-degradable articles such as plastic bottles (single use) and other plastics are avoided. We do not condone off-road/track driving to avoid disturbing any ground-nesting birds. We also try and book eco-friendly accommodations wherever possible.

Steve Braine, founder of The Naturalist Collection, grew up in Namibia and has been a keen naturalist from a young age.  During his youth he discovered several new species of butterflies. He has also contributed to many scientific and popular publications, primarily ornithology and entomology.

After completing a diploma in Conservation Steve started his career with the Ministry of Environment & Tourism for many years, where he initiated a project on insects and reptiles of the Skeleton Coast Park (internal publication) a further two species of butterfly and some new species of tenebrionid beetles were discovered during this study.  Steve initiated a project on the coastal lions whereby animals were collared and followed, the first within the Kunene region.

Records from an accumulated collection of insects have recently been added to the biodiversity database for butterflies of Namibia. Atlassing and distribution records for birds and butterflies are ongoing.

This enthusiasm has been passed on to his two sons, who have now become two of the most prominent naturalist guides within Namibia.

  • Fascinating and well-worth it
    Herping Tour in Namibia
    Mash15 Jan 2016
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    We adored our guide, who could summon incredible creatures by following their trails and gently coaxing them out of the sand (replacing them as they were afterwards). It was evident that he cared deeply about the ecology and its inhabitants, and that he was knowledgeable, friendly, and concerned about the reptiles and insects. I learned a lot about geckos, scorpions, chameleons, snakes (including the sidewinder), lizards, beetles, sand composition, and more in the Namib desert. It was really worth it!
  • Outstanding birding in Namibia
    Birding in Namibia and Wildlife Tour
    Robert F16 Feb 2015
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    I spent eight days in Namibia with Sean Braine birding, starting in Walvis Bay and traveling up to Etosha National Park, then back down via the Waterberg Plateau to Windhoek. We spotted all but a couple of the possible endemics/near endemics thanks to his incredible knowledge of birds and their cries. A total of 250 species were identified, with 104 of them being "lifers" for me! He was a delightful companion. He was well knowledgeable about the many eco-systems, geology, and botany of the sites we visited. Without a question, one of the most memorable birding experiences I've ever had.
  • The BEST way to enjoy Namibia's birds and natural beauty!
    Birding in Namibia and Wildlife Tour
    Nature_Nerd_ZA16 Feb 2016
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    I recently returned from a terrific birding tour throughout Namibia with Batis Birding Safaris, a highly skilled company! Dayne Braine, our guide, was outstanding and generously shared his vast knowledge of the country's history, natural ecosystem, and fauna. Dayne showed us all of the Namibian indigenous bird species on our list, as well as numerous more. We began our journey at the Sossusvlei Dunes, then traveled to Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Spitskoppe, Rustig Toko Lodge, Etosha, the Waterberg, and eventually Windhoek. Dayne kept a great pace, allowing us to spend as much time as possible with the birds we were after while also taking in some of the other natural treasures, such as the Welwitchia plants and local lizards. Every place we visited had fantastic accommodations that were clean, tidy, and offered delectable meals. This excursion and Batis Birding Safaris have left an indelible impression on me! Their customer service is exceptional, and their expertise and upbeat attitude made for an unforgettable trip to Namibia. I can't wait to return to this lovely nation, and I'll make sure to contact Batis Birding Safaris when I do. If you want to visit the wilder side of Namibia and take in some of its amazing natural treasures, I strongly advise you to use them.
  • Amazing extended tour
    Birding in Namibia and Wildlife Tour
    J U A Bing25 Feb 2019
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    I recently returned from a four-night tour in Etosha National Park with Sean Braine of Batis Birding Safaris. Although the focus was on birds, we had some incredible mammal sightings, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, and more. Sean's knowledge of Namibia's scenery, geography, and animals is astounding. We would definitely recommend taking a longer tour because we were able to see sites we would not have discovered on our own.
  • Batis Birding day tour
    Birding in Namibia and Wildlife Tour
    Diana N25 Nov 2015
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    With his knowledge and enthusiasm for everything the Namib desert has to offer, Sean, our guide, brought the desert to life. Sean's ability to recognize any flying creature was simply remarkable. Even the Dune Lark, a fairly uninteresting-looking but extremely intelligent creature living solely in the Namib desert, was discovered. This tour and company come highly recommended. Diana Nolan, Josh
  • Namibia Birding at its best
    Birding in Namibia and Wildlife Tour
    Kobus and Carola1 Oct 2019
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    Having thought about whether we ought to go with a bird guide, we chose to go with Batis Birding Safaris. Wow is everything we can say. What a stunning proficient birding guide. Other than discovering us the TracTrac Chat, Gray's Lark, Damara Tern, Dune Lark, Yellow-Bellied Eremomelo and even a Steppe Buzzard and the the bird of our holiday, and totally unexpected, the vagrant Pacific Golden Plover..... what lovely perspectives and excellent photo opportunities as well .... The stunning views on the huge number of Cape Cormorant, Dark necked Grebes, numerous various waders, Terns, Flamingoes, Pelicans ...... simply incredible. Much obliged to you Sean for sharing and showing us your country's lovely fauna and vegetation. We will without a doubt be back and allowed you to direct us towards Etosha, Caprivi and a lot more places. Kobus and Carola
  • Unsurpassed Namibian Birding Experience & Knowledge
    Birding in Namibia and Wildlife Tour
    Ian R1 Oct 2019
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    In 2017, my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed a 3-week birding and safari adventure in Namibia with Batis Birding Safaris! From the initial inquiry, right through to the end of our trip everything was planned according to our wishes and needs. Nikki and Sean were both fantastic at making suggestions for our trip, which was quite specific to the requirements of birding photography, though it also encompassed so much of the varied landscapes and flora and fauna that Namibia has to offer. Nothing was too much trouble for Nikki to organize what turned out to be an incredible trip all around Namibia, taking us from Windhoek to the Coast, via the Namib Desert, and as far as Etosha and the Caprivi Strip Panhandle. Accommodations and food & beverage arrangements along the way were outstanding and Sean was without question the best driver and guide we could have hoped for, bringing knowledge and experience that is probably unsurpassed in the region. We rented a Landcruiser for the entire trip and this facilitated an excellent journey and an ideal observation open rooftop “deck” for animal viewing and bird spotting and photography. All costs were inclusive, aside from the beer and wine, and overall extremely reasonable and in fact, I would say, great value for all that we both experienced. Each and every day of our trip was magnificent and hard to imagine how it could have been better or improved upon! Can't wait to get back to explore some more with our Batis friends!
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