Duration: 1 day
Tour Start: Windhoek
Tour End: Windhoek
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Our 1-day Namibian tours are run out of Windhoek where we visit a few birding sites around the Namibia’s capital city. Most of the day is usually spent at Daan Viljoen Game Park which lies approximately 15 km west of Windhoek. The park provides a great introduction to Namibian birding and some of the specials we aim to see include Monteiro’s Hornbill, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Carp’s Tit (tough), Short-toed Rock Thrush, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Gabar Goshawk, Red-billed Spurfowl, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Great Sparrow, Violet-eared Waxbill and many other commoner Acacia savanna species. The rocky areas hold Pale-winged Starling, Bradfield’s Swift, Mountain Wheatear, Rockrunner and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. White-tailed Shrike can be seen in the reserve however generally requires a little more effort, as they occur in low densities! The reserve also hosts a number of mammal species such Southern Oryx, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, Eland and Giraffe.
Another great destination for Acacia savanna birding on the outskirts of Windhoek is Avis Dam where we can expect to find Crimson-breasted Shrike, Black-faced Waxbill, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Acacia Pied Barbet, Cape Penduline Tit, Pririt Batis, White-backed Mousebird, Scaly-feathered Weaver, Black-throated Canary and the scarce Orange River Francolin. The dam can have good numbers of waterbirds at certain times of the year including Cape Shoveler, South African Shelduck, African Spoonbill, Great White Pelican, Marabou and Yellow-billed Storks, Hamerkop and various shorebird species.
Time-permitting we could also pop into Windhoek’s Sewage Works and nearby wetlands which hold a variety of waterbird species such as Cape and Hottentot Teal, Maccoa Duck, Southern Pochard, Cape Shoveler, African Swamphen, Striated Heron, White-winged Tern, Black-necked Grebe and Bailon’s Crake in summer. The surrounding woodlands and scrub will be searched for Yellow and Black-throated Canaries, Pearl-breasted Swallow, Common Scimitarbill, Southern Masked Weaver and Marico Sunbird.
For the other near-endemics we might have to do an overnight or drive further afield.
We toured Namibia in a private group of six people through Birding Ecotours in 2010. Our group was rather diverse, with birding desires ranging from obsessive to casual and including a wildlife photographer. The range of interests could have led to issues, but we all were very satisfied with the trip. We not only had great birding results, thoroughly satisfying the more bird-oriented among us, but also had unforgettable experiences viewing mammals to the delight of the entire group. The tour was well-organized and well-executed, we had plenty of information in advance, the arrangements took account of our special needs, accommodations and transportation were excellent, and the price was quite reasonable. We were delighted with the trip and look forward to our next adventure (already booked!) with Birding Ecotours.
Hill Heck — Ohio, USA