SafariWise offers great birding tours in Namibia and other African destinations. Our tours are led by Neil MacLeod and Robbie Bergh. Neil has been guiding for 20 years and is amongst the top birding guides in Namibia and southern Africa. He is also the author of An expert’s guide to Etosha National Park. Robbie was trained by Neil “and is already seen as a top guide”. Together they make an awesome team.
Southern Africa has a great number of different habitats and as a result has a rich and varied birdlife. This vast region supports 170 endemic and near endemic species of which about 70 percent are concentrated in the southwest arid zone, which covers most of Namibia.
Don’t be deceived by the apparent emptiness of Namibia’s deserts; the 630 or so recorded species list has put Namibia firmly on the birding map, and what makes the country such a good destination for birders is the fact that there are some 16 near-endemics, including many whose range is restricted to highly accessible sites in Namibia and extremely inaccessible locations in Angola.
Scour the harsh southern desert areas for larks, pipits and raptors, not to mention Namibia’s single endemic, the Dune lark. The Namib throws up all sorts of secrets when you explore its coastal stretches: head for Walvis Bay or Swakopmund for great wetland birding and thousands of pelicans and flamingos.
The open grasslands of the Etosha National Park and the Waterberg Plateau Park are host to korhaans, bustards, rollers, bee-eaters and patrolling raptors. Find a kill in Etosha and tick off vultures, eagles and flycatchers. The open woodlands of the north boast parrots, woodpeckers and all manner of passerines while the well-watered Caprivi Strip offers Namibia’s best birding – try the Mahango Game Reserve and its staggering 420 recorded species.