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Windhoek Birding Trip, Namibia
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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.

Birdwatching in Windhoek

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.

Windhoek Birding Tour - 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

Day 1
Windhoek Day Birding Tour

Our expert guide with excellent local birding knowledge will pick you up early in the morning from where you are staying, be it in a hotel or guesthouse or elsewhere. We will embark on our day trip in a comfortable, airconditioned vehicle. We will stop for lunch somewhere in the city, and you will be dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of the day, hopefully having ticked many special species!

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve on the western side of the city provides excellent dry-country birding. You could see Monteiro’s and Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Rockrunner, Carp’s Tit, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Short-toed Rock Thrush, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Cape Penduline Tit, Violet-eared and Black-faced Waxbill, Great Spotted and African Cuckoo, Verreaux’s Eagle, Barred Wren-warbler, the white-capped morph of Mountain Wheatear, Pale-winged Starling, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, the stout-billed subspecies of Sabota Lark, Scaly-feathered and Chestnut Weaver, Icterine Warbler and Kalahari Scrub Robin and many others. The park also hosts Gemsbok, Common Eland, Greater Kudu, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Giraffe and other antelope, along with Common Rock Hyrax and Dassie Rat.

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, including Maccoa and Fulvous Whistling Duck, Red-billed Teal, White-throated Swallow, Black-necked Grebe and others. A rarity like Dwarf Bittern might even pop up! The acacia woodland surrounding the dam is generally good for Orange River Francolin, Rockrunner, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Black-throated Canary, Capped Wheatear, Desert Cisticola, Ant-eating Chat, Ashy Tit, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Acacia Pied Barbet, Rock Kestrel and many others.

The water treatment works in the city is, as always, a productive spot. Here you could see loads of warblers, Maccoa Duck, Black-crowned Night Heron, Purple and Squacco Heron, African Swamphen, Black Crake, Common Moorhen or even Black-necked Grebe and Baillon’s Crake if you are lucky.

Private game serves in the area will give you the opportunity to combine birding with excellent game viewing with the possibility of seeing White Rhinoceros, African Elephant, Lion, African Wild Dog, Giraffe, Springbok, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Common Wildebeest and more.

For the day trip we are flexible and will create a customised itinerary according to your target birds, budget and time that you have available.

Some of the birding highlights we expect to see on this day tour are:

Rockrunner, Bradfield’s Swift, Damara Red-billed and Monteiro’s Hornbill, White-tailed Shrike, Short-toed Rock Thrush, Cape Penduline Tit, Orange River Francolin, Violet-eared and Black-faced Waxbill, Acacia Pied Barbet, Pririt Batis, Carp’s Tit, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Chestnut Weaver, Burnt-necked Eremomela and Mountain Wheatear.

Some of the mammal highlights we expect to see on this day tour are:

Gemsbok, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Common Eland, Greater Kudu, Giraffe and Common Rock Hyrax.

What is included?

  • Private Nature Travel Guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your Windhoek accommodation
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Private Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fuel

What is not included?

  • Meals
  • Drinks (except drinking water in the vehicle)
  • Optional excursions not part of the itinerary

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Why should I book the Windhoek Day Birding Tour

The city of Windhoek, Namibia is very rich in avifauna, with over 300 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 day birding trip to the hotspots around Windhoek will yield some highly satisfying birding.

What are your group sizes?

Our groups have a maximum of 6 travellers to ensure an exclusive safari experience. Private safaris can be arranged for 2-6 travellers.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start and at the end of the Windhoek Day Birding Tour?

Yes, we can arrange accommodation as well as an extension safari as part of your tour.

My partner is an amateur birder, can he/she still join me on this tour?

We welcome birders and nature enthusiasts of all levels on this tour. Our guide will make this day tour a memorable experience no matter your level of birding expertise.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

All travel is done via road (tar and dirt road) and some activities will include walking.

Do you include meals?

For this day tour we do not include any meals, but we can arrange for packed breakfast or packed lunch should this be your preference.

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This tour is operated by: Nature Travel Namibia
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  • Windhoek, Namibia
  • Available Daily
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 1-6 pax
  • 1 Day
  • English
  • Moderate
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek)
  • Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek)
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