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Birding Namibia, Botswana and Zambia Tour - 14 Days

Birding Namibia, Botswana and Zambia Tour
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Birdwatching Tour in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia

This tri-country southern African birding tour offers some of the best birding Namibia, Botswana and Zambia have available. Over the years we have perfected our two-week itinerary to include excellent birdwatching opportunities, spectacular parks and reserves, great accommodation, some top natural attractions and fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five and other rare and special mammals.

Expect to be amazed at the incredible habitat diversity during this trip, from bird-rich miombo woodland in Zambia and lush riparian forest in the Caprivi Strip of northeastern Namibia and Botswana to arid desert and sand dune landscapes in central Namibia, not forgetting the spectacular lagoon at Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast, and much more!

Our Birding Namibia, Botswana and Zambia Tour starts in Livingstone (Zambia) and ends in Windhoek (Namibia). Your expert Nature Travel bird guide will accompany you for the full duration of the tour which will ensure that you do not miss any of the most important bird species.

The diversity of habitat on this Birding Namibia, Botswana and Zambia Tour leads to varied and numerous avian highlights, with many iconic and top birds of the region virtually guaranteed. There is also as always a distinct possibility of a rarity thrown into the mix.

You can count on seeing several hundred avian species, along with many of Africa’s top mammals, other unique fauna and flora species, and some superb classic African safari landscapes. Birding Namibia, Botswana and Zambia truly is one of the top birding experiences in all of Africa, and one that all serious world or regional listers as well as the more casual birder will enjoy in equal measure.

TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Victoria Falls: UNESCO World Heritage Site and Natural Wonder of the World
  • Etosha National Park: one of the planet’s top wildlife reserves
  • Okavango Delta: water wonderland and another UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Damaraland: dramatic landscapes and home to desert-adapted wildlife
  • Walvis Bay: birding hotspot nestled between dunes and sea

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Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival in Livingstone and Birding around the Lodge

Our exciting Namibia, Botswana and Zambia birding tour starts today in Livingstone in southern Zambia. Get ready for an amazing experience!

After meeting you at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport we will pack our bags into our comfortable vehicle and make our way to our lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, about half an hour away. The town of Livingstone is a major tourism centre for the nearby Victoria Falls and was named after Scottish explorer and missionary David Livingstone, who was the first European to explore the area.

Our accommodation for the next two nights is nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, with the river extending the length of the property, offering some breath-taking views over the water.

After settling in and getting acquainted with our surroundings, we will start our birding with a birding walk around the lodge where we will look for Collared Palm Thrush, Red-faced Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Southern Yellow White-eye, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Bearded Scrub-Robin, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Arrow-marked Babbler, White-browed Coucal, and African Emerald, Jacobin, Red-chested, Levaillant’s, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoo.

We will enjoy a sundowner drink and welcome dinner, chatting about where we have all birded befoe and what everyone’s main targets for the trip are. In the background, we will have the sounds of the wildlife that live along the mighty Zambezi. Then we will settle in for a good night’s sleep. Welcome to Africa!

Day 2
Day 2 - Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River

We will enjoy a cup of coffee scanning the river hoping to see the resident African Finfoot pair before making our way to Victoria Falls where we will spend the morning enjoying one of the natural wonders of the world and birding in the riverine woodland around the falls.

We will spend some time staring in awe at the falls, but we won’t forget about the birding. There are several footpaths in the small national park connected to the falls and here we will search for Schalow’s Turaco, Trumpeter Hornbill, White-browed Robin-chat, Red-winged Starling, Terrestrial Brownbul, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Rock Martin, Rock Pratincole, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow and a variety of water birds. If time allows we might visit the local water treatment works where species like African Rail, African Swamphen, Orange-breasted and Blue Waxbill and several raptors (including Augur Buzzard and Verreaux's Eagle) might be seen.

We will have lunch somewhere in town close to the falls after an exhilarating morning. We will also have another fantastic experience in the afternoon when we do a boat cruise on the Zambezi river. It is sure to be a highlight gliding down this famous river with a drink in one hand and a pair of binoculars in the other! On our cruise, we hope to see African Skimmer, Rufous-bellied Heron, White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Dickinson’s Kestrel, and Half-collared, Malachite, Pied and Giant Kingfisher.

We will also see our first animals on the trip, in the form of Nile Crocodile and Hippopotamus. We will return to the same accommodation as yesterday to update our lists, have dinner and a good night’s rest after an exciting day in Africa’s “adventure capital”.

Day 3
Day 3 - Eastern Caprivi

We will start today with a pre-breakfast birding walk in the miombo woodland close to the lodge where we might see Miombo Rock Thrush, Racket-tailed Roller, Miombo Pied Barbet, Retz’s and White-crested Helmetshrike, Striped Kingfisher, Kurrichane Thrush, Lizard Buzzard and a variety of woodland birds before returning for breakfast. After breakfast we leave Zambia and make our way to the Namibian border where we will cross close to the town of Katima Mulilo with several birding stops along the way. Our lunch stop in Katima Mulilo might produce Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, and Bronze Mannikin and we will finish off the day at the spectacular Southern Carmine Bee-eater colony close to our lodge. We will enjoy dinner at our lodge. Also remember to look up at the Milky Way on your way to the room after dinner tonight, it really is spectacular out here in the bush!

Day 4
Day 4 - Zambezi Floodplain and the Okavango River

After an early cup of coffee enjoying the Wire-tailed, Lesser Striped and Grey-rumped Swallows, and Brown-throated and Banded Martins flying over the river we will depart for a pre-breakfast birding excursion between the various lily-covered pans and the Zambezi floodplain. Our key targets here include Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-backed Duck, Slaty Egret, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Saddle-billed Stork, Black and Rufous-bellied Heron, White-crowned Lapwing and even Black Coucal if we are very lucky.

After breakfast, we will embark on a lengthy drive across the Caprivi Strip to the Botswana border (stopping at a well-known stake-out for Rock Pratincole before crossing) and to our lodge with a beautiful setting on the Okavango River. If time allows we will enjoy the variety of the resident birds in the lodge’s grounds that include Hartlaub’s Babbler, Southern Brown-throated Weaver, Green Wood Hoopoe, Golden-tailed Woodpecker and Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, while African Wood Owl and African Barred Owlet are often seen here as well. At our accommodation, for tonight you will find a warm welcome, personalised attention, local knowledge from owners and staff alike, an excellent restaurant, lush green gardens and a welcoming swimming pool. It is situated in a birding and fishing paradise in the Okavango panhandle. We will enjoy a sumptuous dinner as we update our growing trip list and fall asleep under the African sky.

Day 5
Day 5 - The Okavango

We will start today with a morning walk in the riverine forest where we will try to find Narina Trogon, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Bradfield’s Hornbill, Swamp Boubou, Brubru, Black-backed Puffback, and Bennett’s, Golden-tailed, Cardinal and Bearded Woodpecker.

After breakfast, we will depart for an exciting boat cruise on the Okavango river which will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the trip. Our main targets here will be the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl, even more, elusive White-backed Night Heron, Luapula and Chirping Cisticola, Greater Swamp Warbler, Little Rush Warbler, Little Bittern, Allen’s Gallinule and Purple Heron, with the more common birds being Squacco and Grey Heron, Tawny-flanked Prinia, White-winged Tern, Hamerkop, African Openbill, African Fish Eagle, African Marsh Harrier and Village Weaver. Our afternoon will be dedicated to exploring Mahango Game Park which offers an incredible number of species for a small park. Habitat along the river is a mix of trees, reedbeds, and grassland. Away from the river, the habitat is mainly open woodland and in the south, the habitat is dry woodland with some dense patches of big trees. During our time here we hope to see Wattled Crane, Long-toed Lapwing, Slaty Egret, Collared Pratincole, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Violet-eared Waxbill, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Crested Francolin, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater and Lesser Honeyguide, Long-billed Crombec, Grey Tit-flycatcher, Broad-billed Roller, African Fish Eagle, Western Osprey, Brown-necked Parrot, African Cuckoo-hawk, Ayres’s Hawk-eagle and smaller raptors like Lizard Buzzard, Little and Ovambo Sparrowhawk, and Shikra. Mahango offers excellent general game viewing as well and we hope to see the rare and beautiful Sable and Roan Antelope, as well as Tsessebe, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Red Lechwe, Greater Kudu, Impala and even Lion, Cheetah, African Wild Dog or Leopard if we are very lucky.

We will check in to our lodge situated on the banks of the Okavango River overlooking Bwabwata National Park just before sunset. Our lodge offers comfortable, thatched, airconditioned bungalows and very good typical Namibian cuisine. The sunsets from the decks will make for some incredible photographs and indelible memories. We will enjoy dinner together and then head off to bed for a good night’s sleep.

Day 6
Day 6 - Caprivi Broadleaf Woodland

We will start our day with a pre-breakfast birding walk around the lodge where we should see Black Cuckoo, Mourning Collared and Red-eyed Dove, African Green Pigeon, Meves’s and Violet-backed Starling, Brown Firefinch, Woodland Kingfisher, Thick-billed Weaver, Swamp Boubou, Meyer’s Parrot, Hartlaub’s Babbler, White-browed Robin-chat and Southern Yellow White-eye. From here we will spend the morning birding the woodland between the towns of Divundu and Rundu which offers us the chance to see some of the miombo or broadleaf woodland specials normally found further north in Zambia. These include Racket-tailed Roller, Rufous-bellied Tit, Souza’s Shrike, Green-backed Honeybird, African Hobby and if we are extremely lucky, even Sharp-tailed Starling.

Other more common birds found here include Pale and Southern Black Flycatcher, Green-capped Eremomela, Southern Black Tit, Striped Kingfisher, Meyer’s Parrot, Fork-tailed Drongo, Tinkling Cisticola, Neddicky, Coqui Francolin and Dark Chanting Goshawk.

We will spend a final night on the Okavango river at our beautiful and tranquil accommodation, complete with green lawns and large trees. Before dinner, it might be a good idea to jump into the big swimming pool. We’ll then have dinner and update our lists, and then it’s off to bed for a good night’s rest.

Day 7
Day 7 - Eastern Etosha National Park

After breakfast, we will leave the more tropical woodlands of the Caprivi behind and make our way southwest to Etosha National Park where we will spend the next 3 nights. Our drive is only about 4 hours long, but we will see the landscape change dramatically!

We will reach the eastern side of Etosha at about midday, have lunch at our chosen lodge for the next two nights, and then after a short siesta we go into the park proper. Etosha is one of the main reasons visitors from all over the globe come to Namibia and is home to a staggering amount of wildlife, both common and rare, including several threatened and endangered species. The mammal list is at over 110 species, including four of the famed Big Five. Etosha has no African Buffalo, but excitingly there is currently a conservation program on the go to reintroduce African Wild Dogs.

Etosha also has a bird list of more than 350 species, and has the odd record of having the smallest southern African bird, the Cape Penduline Tit, the world’s largest bird, the Common Ostrich, and the world’s largest flying bird, the Kori Bustard, all in one park! The sight of thousands of bright pink flamingos in the Etosha pan after a summer rain is something one never forgets. The first two nights will be in the eastern section of the park where we hope to find Blue Crane, Black-faced Babbler, Swainson’s Spurfowl, Blue Waxbill, Chestnut Weaver, White-browed Robin-chat, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Cape Starling, Double-banded Courser and Chat Flycatcher along the way. If the Etosha pan is full of water it is transformed into a water bird spectacle with huge numbers of pelicans, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Caspian and Chestnut-banded Plover, Red-billed and Cape Teal, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt and Black-necked and Great Crested Grebe. From a mammal point of view, this area is perfect for finding the endemic Kirk’s Dik-dik (Namibian subspecies).

We could also see African Elephant, Lion, Black Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Leopard, Black-backed Jackal, Black-faced Impala (another endemic subspecies), Hartebeest (Red subspecies), Gemsbok (Namibia’s national animal), Greater Kudu, Springbok and many other smaller mammals during our stay in the park. After our meal, we will retire to our rooms and have a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow we have our first full day in Etosha!

Day 8
Day 8 - East-central Etosha National Park

Today will be dedicated to exploring the east-central section of the vast Etosha National Park. We will either have an early breakfast at the lodge or a packed one that we will enjoy at one of the waterholes dotted around the park. Either way, there will definitely be coffee! We will enter the park after a few minutes’ drive at the eastern gate.

We will look for Monotonous and Rufous-naped Lark, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Burnt-necked Eremomela and Violet-eared Waxbill. We will also keep an eye out for Etosha’s raptors, which include Martial and Tawny Eagle, Black-chested and Brown Snake Eagle, Lanner, Peregrine and Red-necked Falcon, Bateleur, and Pale Chanting and Gabar Goshawk.

The major attraction and unique feature in Etosha are the permanent waterholes, each with its own characteristics and surroundings. It is sometimes best to sit and wait quietly and patiently for an hour or two at one of these waterholes and wait for the mammals and birds to turn up; a fantastic treat and one you will talk about for a long time! Depending on what we see this morning, we can either return to our lodge for lunch or enjoy a packed lunch in a nice spot.

Etosha is also well known for vultures and we might see Lappet-faced, White-backed, White-headed and Hooded Vulture. Every now and again an Egyptian Vulture even turns up! After a superb first full day in Etosha, we will again exit at the eastern gate and return to our lodge for listing, dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 9
Day 9 - Southern Etosha National Park

After breakfast, we will again enter the park and make our way westwards as we continue to explore this great park. We will stop at waterholes during our drive, as this is where the mammals congregate, especially in the dry months. We will stop for lunch at Halali camp, and if there is time we will take a short stroll to the famous waterhole that can be seen from inside the camp.

All sorts of mammals come to drink here, and every now and again something truly spectacular happens! Halali camp itself is known for sightings of Violet Wood Hoopoe, Carp’s Tit, Bare-cheeked and Southern Pied Babbler, White-crested Helmetshrike, Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Greater Blue-eared Starling, African Scops Owl and Southern White-faced Owl. The area around Okaukuejo camp (where we are heading) should produce Dusky and Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Acacia Pied Barbet, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Marico and Chat Flycatcher, Rattling Cisticola, Double-banded and Namaqua Sandgrouse, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Common Ostrich, Kori Bustard, Northern Black and Red-crested Korhaan and Great Sparrow to name a few. We will scan on top of all the huge Sociable Weaver nests for Pygmy Falcon.

Also, keep an eye out for snakes in the nests or close to them, something else Etosha is famous for. We will also use the late afternoon (if there is time) to bird the Okondeka plains north of the camp where we will look for Spike-heeled, Pink-billed, Eastern Clapper, Red-capped and Sabota Lark as well as Grey-backed and Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark, Capped Wheatear, Double-banded Courser, Ant-eating Chat, Desert Cisticola and Rufous-eared Warbler. The waterhole in this area is also famous as being the best place in the park to see Lions.

We will reach our next camp, Okaukuejo, late in the afternoon and check in to our rooms. The campgrounds themselves are also very productive, and here we could see Crimson-breasted Shrike, Groundscraper Thrush, Pririt Batis, Chestnut-vented Warbler, Red-headed Finch, Acacia Pied Barbet and South African Ground Squirrel.

We will enjoy dinner in the restaurant and update our lists, and then walk to the famous floodlit waterhole in the camp. We will sit quietly with a drink in hand and we look for Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Western Barn Owl and Rufous-cheeked Nightjar, and we could even see Black Rhinoceros come for a drink. There might also be African Elephant, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Greater Kudu, Springbok, Common Warthog and many other animals. Sitting here will make you realise why Etosha is such a special place…

Day 10
Day 10 - Western Etosha National Park

We will start with an early coffee and a short morning birding and game drive around Okaukuejo (where we could bird the Okondeka plains north of the camp if we didn’t do so yesterday).

After breakfast we will make our way to the far western section of the park, visiting several waterholes along the way, hoping to see Burchell’s Sandgrouse drinking at one of them during the course of the morning.

Today is mostly a driving day, but we will still see some fantastic mammals, birds and dramatic scenery. The birdlife in the far western part of Etosha remains prolific, and the area holds several specials, some of which cannot easily be seen elsewhere in the park. These include Hartlaub's Spurfowl, Monteiro's Hornbill, Rüppell's Parrot, White-tailed Shrike, Rockrunner, Violet Wood Hoopoe and Bare-cheeked Babbler.

We will reach Dolomite camp late in the afternoon after another fantastic day in Etosha. As the name suggests, the camp nestles in the dolomite outcrops of western Etosha and offers an intimate experience in one of the most scenic areas of the park, and was the first lodge to be built in this section of the park. The area is rich in waterholes that attract African Elephant, rhinos, Leopard, Lion, Springbok, Gemsbok and Red Hartebeest. The seasonal flowers of Dolomite Hill are also a highlight for botanists.

We will get together for socialising, updating our lists and dinner before settling in for our final night in wonderful Etosha. Tomorrow a different part of the tour starts!

Day 11
Day 11 - Damaraland

We will be up early and once we leave the park we will make our way south to Damaraland. It is a region in the north-central part of the country, bounded to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the east by the Kalahari desert, to the north by Kaokoland, and to the south by the Great Namaqualand. It is a visually dramatic area, with rugged rocks, prehistoric watercourses, open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies (hills) and deep gorges. Get your cameras ready! The rocky outcrops of Twyfelfontein is a top-notch attraction of the area, and one of Namibia’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, featuring exceptional Bushmen engravings, which are considered to be some of the best-preserved etchings on the continent.

This beautiful mountainous region is also home to an assortment of scientifically important desert-adapted wildlife such as Elephant, Rhino, Zebra and Lion, which somehow survive and thrive in this near-barren landscape. We hope to see some of them; a special treat indeed! We are heading for the arid plains around the Brandberg Mountain where we will spend the night and search for specific target birds.

We will scan the plains north of the mountain for Rüppell’s Korhaan, Burchell’s Courser, Bokmakierie and Benguela Long-billed Lark. The hills will hopefully produce Herero Chat, arguably the toughest of the endemics to find, and Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Cape Penduline Tit and Grey-backed Cisticola can also be ticked here. Our tranquil lodge is situated close to the Ugab River where we hope to see Violet Wood Hoopoe and Bare-cheeked Babbler. Rüppell’s Parrot and Augur Buzzard can be found here as well. Sometimes the desert-adapted wildlife come right up to the lodge! We will enjoy a traditional Namibian dinner and then head off to bed. Once again, remember to look at the stars while you are out here – a spectacular sight you will never forget.

Day 12
Day 12 - Erongo Mountains

We will start with an early coffee and breakfast, and then spend the morning birding around the Brandberg, making sure we pick up all the species we still need. We will make our way south to the Erongo mountains after leaving Brandberg. The Erongo mountains and surrounds are a real endemic hotspot and we will focus on finding any of the endemics that we might have missed.

We will have lunch on the way to Erongo and arrive in the afternoon with enough time to enjoy this spectacular area. The granite hills in the Erongo Region are famous for Hartlaub’s Spurfowl and Rockrunner. Besides these two specials we can look for Rüppell’s Parrot, Carp’s Tit, White-tailed Shrike, Monteiro’s and Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Violet Wood Hoopoe, Pale-winged Staring, Red-billed Spurfowl, Augur Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon, African Hawk-eagle, Booted Eagle, vultures, and Cinnamon-breasted, Golden-breasted, Cape and Lark-like Bunting.

We will also wrap up on the general scrub savannah birds like White-throated, Yellow and Black-throated Canary, Green-winged Pytilia, Short-toed Rock Thrush, Violet-eared, Black-cheeked and Blue Waxbill, Barred Wren-warbler, Rattling Cisticola, Marico Flycatcher, Print Batis, Shaft-tailed Whydah, African Red-eyed Bulbul, White-backed Mousebird, Cape Starling and Mountain Wheatear. Dassie Rat and Common Rock Hyrax are common mammals while the endemic Kaokoveld Slender Mongoose, Leopard and Caracal are seen quite often. Western Barn Owl and Freckled Nightjar also frequent the area.

Day 13
Day 13 - Walvis Bay

We will start the day with an early walk looking for Hartlaub’s Spurfowl if we didn’t see it yesterday. This beautiful near-endemic is difficult to find at the best of times, and the most successful way to locate it is to listen for the ventriloquial call and then try to sneak up on it! After our morning birding and breakfast, we will make our way further southwest to Walvis Bay and the Atlantic coast, stopping to look for Gray’s Lark along the way. Walvis Bay with its large bay and sand dunes is an important centre of tourism activity in Namibia and a favourite spot for international and locals alike.

Attractions include the artificial Bird Island, the Dune 7 sand dune, the salt works and a museum. It is also Namibia’s most important harbour, and is well suited for the outdoor lifestyle, boasting sports such as sandboarding, kiting, surfing, kitesurfing, swimming, angling, sailing, golf and other indoor and outdoor sports. After checking into our lodge for the evening we will spend the afternoon at the famous Walvis Bay lagoon, which has been declared a Ramsar site of global importance for the thousands of waders that are found here. It is regarded as the most important coastal wetland in all of southern Africa. One of our main targets today will be the Damara Tern.

Other birds we hope to find include Great White Pelican, Ruff, Little Stint, Sanderling, Curlew, Terek and Pectoral Sandpiper, Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Phalarope, Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwit, Common and Spotted Redshank, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Swift, Common, Sandwich, Black and Caspian Tern, African Oystercatcher, Common Ringed, Chestnut-banded, Grey and Three-banded Plover and Greater and Lesser Flamingo. Cape Cormorants are usually spotted in huge flocks and we will also look for Crowned and White-breasted Cormorant and if we are lucky to even Bank Cormorant.

The great thing about this area is that almost anything can turn up so we have the possibilities to see a rarity or two. Pomarine Jaeger and Subantarctic Skua are sometimes seen from the shoreline. Also look out for American and Pacific Golden Plover, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Broad-billed Sandpiper and Franklin’s Gull. Our brightly coloured lodge is situated a stone’s throw from the Walvis Bay lagoon and is especially famous for their fantastic breakfast and superb personal service. From a birding perspective, Orange River White-eye, Cape Sparrow and Common Waxbill are all present in the lodge gardens.

We will have our farewell dinner somewhere in town at one of the many excellent establishments, and afterwards, enjoy our final night of the tour under African skies.

Day 14
Day 14 - Dune Lark and Departure to Windhoek

Unfortunately, our wonderful trip has almost come to an end. However, there is one more very special bird we need for our lists… On our final morning, we will focus on finding Dune Lark, Namibia’s only true endemic and a great bird to end the trip with.

We will spend time in the scenic Kuiseb riverbed searching for this special species at the base of some of the impressive dunes that form a beautiful backdrop. This hard-to-find sandy-coloured lark survives in this harsh environment without any water, instead of getting everything it needs to survive from seeds and insects found in the sparsely vegetated areas between the dunes in the desert. In fact, there are no known records of it ever drinking even a drop of water!

Other interesting birds we might see here include Bokmakierie, White-backed Mousebird, Cape and Great Sparrow, Chestnut-vented Warbler, Dusky Sunbird, Grey-backed Cisticola, Jackal Buzzard, Pale Chanting Goshawk and the desert form of the Tractrac Chat. After an exciting morning, we make our way back to Windhoek. This will be the official end of our superb two-week birding safari in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.

On average we see between 360-400 bird species on this tour.

Some of the birding target species we expect to see on this tour include Pel’s Fishing Owl, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White-backed Night Heron, Slaty Egret, Damara Tern, Wattled Crane, Rockrunner, African Skimmer, Dune Lark, Gray’s Lark, Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Bradfield’s, Damara Red-billed and Monteiro’s Hornbill, African Skimmer, Rufous-bellied Heron, African Finfoot, Dickinson’s Kestrel, and Half-collared, Malachite, Pied and Giant Kingfisher, Wattled Crane and Bare-cheeked Babbler.

From a mammal point of view, we expect to see: African Elephant, African Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, White & Black Rhinoceros, African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Gemsbok, Red Lechwe, Hippopotamus, Greater Kudu.

What is included?

  • All accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Drinking water in vehicle
  • Air-conditioned Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • Transfer from Livingstone International Airport
  • Park entry fees
  • Full time services of a personal Nature Travel bird guide

What is not included?

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • International or local flights
  • Laundry
  • Gifts
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • All drinks
  • Optional Night drives in the National Parks (Etosha)
  • Other unspecified costs in the itinerary
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. Stunning
    Jackie Bone-George17 May 2019
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    This was an absolutely amazing trip. We have travelled with this company before and were so impressed we came back again. Marc Cronje our guide is excellent - he is so knowledgeable and experienced in the bush. His enthusiasm in infectious and you cant help but become enthralled with these wonderful countries. We added to our bird and mammals lists everyday. Nothing is too much trouble, right from the initial planning to making sure it all goes to plan on daily basis. It was our second trip to Etosha and we are planning the third. We recommended this company to friends of ours and we travelled together and had the time of our lives. The variety of environments allows a wide variety of all wildlife to be seen with excellent views. Small tours are better as they can be tailor made for your specific requests and having done both small and large group we will only now choose small group and with this company for all our African travel and birding in other countries. We are in the process of planning the next 3 trips with Nick and Marc.
  2. Namibia & Botswana with Nick & Marc June/July 2019
    Thomas Hinnebusch30 Jun 2019
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    On all counts my safari in June/July 2019 was a most interesting, worthwhile field trip with excellent, knowledgable guides. Nick was with me for the first part of the trip and Marc for the rest. Although emphasis was on finding and photographing southern African birds, we saw plenty of game. Accommodations and food at all our stops was superb. I have spent a lot of the past, nearly forty years, living and traveling in Africa, a lot of it on safari. I have to say my time with Nature Travel Namibia has to be one of the most memorable and pleasant safaris I have experienced. Nick also planned and led a field trip to Madagascar for myself and close friends in Oct 2018. It too has to rank in the top five birding safaris I have been on. I highly recommend without reservation Nick and his staff. I should also mention that in both southern Africa and Madagascar I got to see (and in some cases photograph) many of the endemic species on our target lists. Thanks again to the experience, knowledge, and dedication of both Nick and Marc.
  3. Zambia, Botswana and Namibia with Nature Travel Birding
    Cynthia01 Nov 2018
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    November of 2018 a group of birding acquaintances decided to go on a 14 day trip to Botswana, Zambia and Namibia with Nature Travel Birding. Four of us had traveled with our guide before and had good birding times so we convinced two more birding buds to join in for a total of six. Our guide, Nick, knew where to find the birds and wildlife. He also knows animal behavior and could tell us what was going on at the waterholes. The birds and mammals we saw were dreams answered. Two of us used his company again this year, 2020, as well, for a wonderful trip to Ghana.
  4. Best trip ever!
    Belinda Wharton30 Sep 2020
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    We took Nick's safari in 2017 and it was absolutely awesome! The countries are beautiful, the wildlife bountiful and the guide knowledgeable. Our accommodations were great - clean, scenic and lovely in every way. Nick is a master at finding and pointing out birds and other wildlife. I highly recommend this trip!
  5. Fantastic Trip!!
    Adrian McDermott07 Jan 2019
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    I embarked on my trip to Namibia in Jan '19 having previously used Nick and Nature Travel Birding for an excellent trip to Ghana. The trip started in the Caprivi on the border with Botswana and continued throughout much of the rest of Namibia. There was fantastic birding to be had with excellent views and photo opportunities throughout the trip. Etosha was excellent and a highlight with great mammals as well as birds. Nick was a tremendous guide, extremely knowledgeable and really made sure the trip went well. There was a general flexibility and genial atmosphere to the whole trip with Nick being patient and accommodating to get those extra couple of photos. The accommodation, food and itinerary were spot on. I wouldn't hesitate to reconsider Nature Travel Birding and continue to plan future trips with Nick and team.
  6. Trip of a lifetime!
    Anne-Marie12 Feb 2016
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    My husband and I traveled to Namibia/Botswana/Zambia in 2016 and used this company for a private 14-day birding trip. Nick, our guide, was excellent at spotting the birds and finding us all the specialties. His enthusiasm and passion for the birds and animals was impressive and made our stay memorable. We have continued to hire this company and Nick for another three trips to Africa and India. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who has a passion for nature and adventure. This company is professional, reliable and accommodating.

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Why should I book the Birding Namibia, Botswana and Zambia Tour

This birding tour is offered as a small group or private tour, which offers some of the best birding and general wildlife viewing in all of Africa. Your Nature Travel expert bird guide will be with you for the full duration of the tour, guiding you to all the top birding spots to maximise your chances of seeing your target birds.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

All accommodation is mid-range with en-suite ablutions. Depending on availability, the vehicle used for this safari is a safari vehicle where each client has his/her own window seat.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour

All travel is done via road (tar and dirt road) and some activities are on a boat. Bird watching activities are done by vehicle, by boat and on foot.

What are your group sizes?

Our groups have a maximum of 6 travellers to ensure an exclusive safari experience

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes we can arrange airport pick up and drop off.

What time do I need to arrive in Livingstone on the day the safari starts?

Please arrange that your flight arrives no later than 14h00 in order for you to still take part in the late afternoon activity at our lodge.

Is there a specific time I need to book my departure flight for?

On the final day of your tour, you can either depart from Walvis Bay or Windhoek. If you are flying from Walvis Bay, you can depart any time after 11h00. If you are flying from Windhoek please arrange an extra night accommodation in Windhoek except if your flight departs after 18h00.

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

We allocate a specialist guide to your safari at the time of booking. We only change guides should something happen at short notice i.e illness or emergency and will let the client know immediately. Itineraries are normally not changed except if a lodge or reserve is closed for a specific reason (renovations etc). Should this happen, we will contact the client immediately with the updated itinerary.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

All our safaris have a single supplement option. Some lodges have rooms that can accommodate three adults in a room (depending on availability). We will advise on which lodges can accommodated three adults in one room at the time of booking. Should a lodge not offer triple accommodation, two rooms will be booked and the single supplement will be applicable

Do you include meals?

All meals are included on this tour.

When is the best time to travel and why?

The best time for birdwatching is between October and March each year. This is when the summer migrants return and you have the chance to see a bigger number of birds than in our winter months. The time of year does not affect sightings of the endemic Dune Lark or the near-endemic birds.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

The tour is not strenuous but a basic level of general fitness is needed as some of the days are long and a basic level of fitness can be helpful. There are some days where we will do some moderate walking on level ground.

Do you have any age restrictions to join this tour?

We welcome clients of all ages on our birding tours but as the days are generally quite long and tiring, we do not recommend that children under 12 join the birding tour except if they have experience of joining trips like this before.

What is the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this tour?

Most lodges offer Wi-Fi but it cannot be guaranteed as it is not very reliable. Your guide can assist with buying a local simcard once you enter Namibia. Please note that there are areas on this safari where there is no phone reception or Wi-Fi.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of or after the tour?

Yes, we can arrange accommodation as well as day trips/extension as part of your tour.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

It is compulsory for each client to obtain comprehensive travel insurance for their tour at the time of booking. Nature Travel Namibia offers emergency evacuation (E-med Rescue) to all of our clients in Namibia. This service does not include repatriation. We highly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of paying a deposit. The policy should provide cover for loss of deposit, cancellation and additional expenses, medical expenses and repatriation and loss or damage to baggage and valuables. You are responsible for making any special or increased insurance arrangements which you deem are necessary.

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this tour?

A 30% deposit is needed to confirm the safari. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card. (Mastercard and Visa) Please note there is a bank charge applicable to all credit card payments. The balance of the payment is due 60 days before the start of the tour.

What should I pack for this tour?

We will send a comprehensive packing list once the tour has been booked but to give you an idea of the general items to bring, see the list below. General packing: • Neutral coloured clothing • Warm jacket for early morning activities • Sturdy closed walking shoes (trainer type shoes are fine) • No need for any formal clothing, most dinners are casual and informal • Binoculars • Camera • A small daypack • A refillable waterbottle Medical: • Please bring some basic medication for headache, nausea etc with you as well as any prescription medication you might need during your safari. • All of our guides carry a basic first-aid kit with them but it is best to bring your personal medication with you. • Please contact your closest travel clinic for information on malaria and other medical information you might need. • Currently no yellow fever certificate is needed to travel to Namibia except for clients travelling from a country where yellow fever is prevalent.

Do I need visas for this tour?

Citizens of some countries need a visa to enter Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Please enquire at the time of booking for up to date information on visa requirements.

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

Drinks are not included (except for drinking water in the vehicle) but your guide will assist you with arranging to buy some drinks during the day en-route. Lunches are usually either packed or your guide will stop at a small restaurant/deli en-route where you will be able to enjoy a meal of your choice.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Most lodges cater for special dietary requirements, please let us know at the time of booking and we will let each lodge know in advance. Should you have a severe food allergy, please carry the necessary medication with you at all times in case this is needed.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Credit Cards (Mastercard and Visa) are accepted at most lodges but we advise to bring a small amount of cash should this facility not be working as well as for smaller purchases like drinks, tips etc. Your guide can also assist with arranging a stop at an ATM in the bigger towns should this be necessary For this tour you will need US Dollar and Namibian Dollar or South African Rand.

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Tour Facts

  • Namibia, Botswana and Zambia
  • Set Departure Tour
  • On Request
  • 4-6 pax
  • 14 Days
  • Birds
  • English
  • Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport - Livingstone, Zambia
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek, Namibia