Join us on a thirteen-day birding and wildlife adventure into Namibia’s remote and wide-open spaces as we search for special birds like Dune Lark, Rockrunner, Cinderella Waxbill, Herero Chat and Souza’s Shrike! This Namibia birding tour covers the essential species you will want to see in this mystical land and at the same time offers the opportunity to see some amazing mammals.
(Tour extension option – 18 days)
Cost for 13-day tour: Quoted per person in Rands starting at R49 900 per person for a group of six. The trip can be booked on shared or single room basis. Please note these prices are valid until April 2021 and a partial increase thereafter can be expected. The quote can be used as a guide to what budget you should set yourself and there may be some variation in the final cost at the time of booking. The trip extension option will be quoted on enquiry.
Shared cost per person
2 pers. - R80 400 p/p
3 pers. - R65 000 p/p
4 pers - R57 500 p/p
5 pers. - R53 900 p/p
6 pers. - R49 900 p/p
An additional cost of roughly 8% per person can be expected for single quarters.
Larger groups can be accommodated, but will be quoted on enquiry.
Key Birds: Dune Lark (endemic), Gray’s Lark, Benguela Long-billed Lark, Stark’s Lark, Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark, White-tailed Shrike (Ground Batis), Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Rüppell’s Korhaan, Rockrunner, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Rüppell’s Parrot, Herero Chat, Tinkling Cisticola, Grey Kestrel, Angolan Cave Chat, Cinderella Waxbill, Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush, Sharp-tailed Starling, Souza’s Shrike.
Key mammals: African Elephant, Black (Hooked-lipped) Rhinoceros, African Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Spotted Hyaena, Honey Badger, African Wildcat, Black-faced Impala, Damara Dik Dik, Greater Kudu, Palin’s Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok (Southern Oryx), Springbuck.
Health: Malaria does occur in northern Namibia from November to March, but the risk even then is considered moderate. During the Austral winter months the risk in that area is low. Prophylactics are however advised.
Weather: The summers (November to March) are hot upwards of 35°C inland, while the coast remains moderate with midday temperatures reach 26°C on some days. The winters (May to August) are cool to warm, with daytime temperatures inland reach about 30°C and reaching about 20°C during the day. Coastal mists are frequent and can shroud the coast for up to 20km inland. The rainy season begins in November, but birding areas can be accessible.
Group size: preferably 1 to 6. Larger groups can be accommodated and will be quoted.
Departure and finishing point: Windhoek, Namibia.
Accommodation: Medium to upper class style hotels and guesthouses in the three to four star range. Some of our accommodation venues are however rustic two star type chalets or tented camps, but are well maintained. We ask our clients to measure their expectations in terms of service, since we will be travelling in remote areas.
Vehicles: We utilise hired 4x4 double cab Toyota Hilux or mini-bus style vehicles.
Meals: Breakfasts are a combination of sit-down and packed style on some days when very early starts are required. Lunches are for clients account and will can either be taken at guesthouses and lodges or at suitable stops while in transit on travel days. There are always snacks and drinks on-board the vehicle as we travel such as dried fruit and nuts, biscuits etc. Dinners are served at our overnight accommodation.
Typical day: Some days require early departures and on others this is not as essential. We bird from the vehicle and on foot. So the trip is a well-balanced mix of activity. The walking we do is not very demanding and a moderate degree of fitness is more than ample to compete the walks we do. We do cater to our client’s physical abilities though and will manage things according to your abilities. By midday the birding activity slows down, like anywhere in Southern Africa and we usually relax back at our accommodation during the lull. On travel days this may involve a roadside stop, while we have a bite to eat. When the birds become active again, so do we. For safety reason it is our policy not to travel at night on African roads, but you will be free to walk the lodge or rest camp grounds in safety at night if you wish to look and listen for nocturnal species.
The trip cost INCLUDES:
- Local guides;
- Tips for staff at lodges and camps;
- All Meals, from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 17;
- Bottled drinking water;
- Fangs and Feathers tour leader;
- Spotting scope and bird calls;
- Transfers to and from airport;
- Any entrance fees to birding sites;
- IOC checklists generated off the IGoTerra system.
The trip cost EXCLUDES:
- Any International or domestic flights;
- Any tips for tour leaders;
- Snacks on-route;
- Additional drinks, apart from bottled water;
- Alcoholic beverages;
- Visa fees and travel insurance;
- Airport taxes if applicable;
- Excursions not included in the tour itinerary;
- Extras in hotels such as laundry service, minibars, room service, tips for optional luggage porters;
- Telephone calls;
- Personal items;
- Medical fees;
- Other items or services not specifically mentioned as being included.
Please note that this is a birding adventure. It is possible that there will be unexpected delays in travel and services at times. Africa runs at a different rhythm to most other parts of the world. We will do our best at all times to ensure that your expectations and requirements are met.