Windhoek Birdwatching Day Trip in Namibia
Windhoek is a city very rich in avifauna, with over 300 bird species possible in and around Windhoek, many of them near-endemics and other special species of Namibia. If you are unable to embark on a long birding safari, even a Windhoek Birding Day Trip to the hotspots around Windhoek will yield some highly satisfying birding.
The habitat consists of grassland and highveld acacia savannah on hills and open outcrops, with dense woodland along with ephemeral river courses. The urban part of Windhoek holds the water treatment works and several small dams. Despite being hot, it is best to visit between December and February when most birds are breeding and the intra-African and Palearctic migrants are present.
There are a few key areas to visit to maximise your bird count during your Windhoek Birding Day Trip. The Daan Viljoen Game Reserve on the western side of the city provides excellent dry-country birding.
East of the city is the popular Avis Dam, a spot that should see you several key species to your list. If there is water in the dam you could also see some interesting water birds, waders and warblers.
The water treatment works in the city is, as always, a productive if somewhat strange spot to visit, only a birder would understand!
For those willing to start very early we could even reach the escarpment where we will focus on Herero Chat, Rüppell’s Korhaan, Pygmy Falcon, Karoo Scrub Robin, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Verreaux’s Eagle, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Karoo Long-billed Lark, Sociable Weaver and many of the Windhoek species mentioned earlier.
Most of these specials can be seen on our popular 3 night Endemics Blitz Trip or why not combine it with a visit to Sossusvlei which could be a great two or three day trip.
Top 5 Highlights:
- Avis Dam: Acacia Woodland and waterbased birds
- Daan Viljoen Game Reserve: Excellent dry country birding along with several mammals
- High Altitude Suburban Birding
- Near-endemic birds: Rockrunner, White-tailed Shrike and Carp’s Tit.
- Unique mix of birding, architecture and culture in Namibia’s capital.
As a change from your birdwatching itinerary, why not have a look at the other wildlife tours on offer. Take a look at this one Namibia Safari Tour