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Dune Lark
  • Namibia is ripe with a total of 706 species of birds, very few of which are specific to the nation. In fact, the only species that is known to exist only in Namibia is the Dune Lark. Other species you are likely to encounter during your visit to the country are the Ostrich, the Kingfisher, and the Kori Bustard.

Northern Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls 15-28 October 2006

  • We started this birding adventure on the Namib Desert coast, where we found tons of shorebirds plus some highly localized terrestrial species endemic to Namibia and southern Angola. We then headed inland and birded the Namib Escarpment for a plethora of other localized endemics, before driving further east to Etosha...Chris Lotz reports for Birding Ecotours

Herero Chat

The Quest for Herero Chat ( Namibornis herero ) 2006

  • You all know the feeling, if you really "have to see a bird", it becomes harder and harder to track it down. Once you have seen it though, they pop out everywhere around you. Albert Voigts von Schütz reports for Momtsas Safaris.

Southern Namibia and the Northern Cape 25th November-9th December 2006

  • Having enjoyed our previous trip to Namibia in 2004 so much, we decided on a return to visit some different parts of the country, primarily in the south. We also ventured into South Africa, visiting the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park...Richard Rae reports

Namibia in the wet season Jan-Feb 2005

  • We (my husband Peter and myself) spent 3 weeks in Namibia from January 25th to February 16th. Our main focus of the trip was birdwatching but we also intended to spend time experiencing the unique scenery and also other forms of wildlife.....Rosemary Royle reports

Namibia and Northern Botswana 28th Nov– 18th Dec 2004

  • This is a report on a trip to Namibia and northern Botswana by Richard Rae and Emer Callanan. The trip was based around the best birding sites, and most time was spent on birding....... we did have good views of most of the endemic and near-endemic species of Namibia.

Cape, Namibia, Botswana, Kruger, Swaziland and Kwazulu-Natal 22 August – 14 October 2003

  • As always, the goal of this trip was to see as many species and especially (near-)endemics as possible. As it is impossible to cover whole southern Africa in 7,5 weeks, I skipped mid-South-Africa, Zimbabwe & Mozambique from the itinerary. I saw 542 birdspecies (including 461 'lifers' and 117 southern Africa endemics,  and also 72 mammalspecies)...Eduard Sangster reports.

How to find the Namibian Endemics 09th January - 07th February 2003

  • This report is the result of the preparation for and the experiences made on a 4 week trip to Namibia and Northern Botswana. The major aim of the trip was, to find the Namibian endemics and near-endemics. So the focus of this report is on these species. I hope that it will be useful, in order to find the Namibian specials...Christian Wagner reports

Namibia 24th Nov-18th Dec 2002

  • We spent the period between 24th November and 18th December 2002 birding in Namibia. This was our first trip to sub-Saharan Africa - Namibia proved to be an ideal and reasonably gentle introduction to the avifauna...We followed a fairly standard itinerary but were able to get right to the end of the Caprivi Strip which is now secure. This paid off in terms of the number of birds we were able to see there...Phil and Charlotte Benstead report

Namibia July2002

  • A journey through 2,000 million year old landscapes,with the world's oldest deserts, the second largest canyon, highest dunes and biggest surviving iron meteorite. Not to mention; 600 plus bird species; superbly designed tarmaced and graded gravel roads; many rare  mammals including Gemsbok ( Oryx ); plus good reptiles, insects and endemic flora; excellent non-chemical organic local German beer...John Bannon reports.

Namibia and South Africa Birding Report October 2001 - March 2003

  • This report is based on the findings of two complementary trips to Southern Africa - a ten-week trip to the west of the sub-continent (Namibia and the Cape Province of South Africa) and a fifteen-week trip to the eastern half of the region (Botswana, the east of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique). In the first trip a total of 527 species were seen (433 in Namibia and 268 in South Africa), including nearly all the endemics, near endemics and specialities....Jos Stratford reports

Namibia Safari 2001

  • Rock Martins greet our arrival at Windhoek airport in the warm sunshine of a clear blue sky, quickly followed by Little Swifts, while the drive out of town is interrupted by stops for numerous Lesser Grey Shrikes, a Tawny Eagle and Blackshouldered Kites, perching on wires, hovering by the roadside and occasionally parachuting gracefully to ground...Alison & Christopher Hall report.

Namibia 24th September to 6th October 2000

  • Our drive to Etosha took several hours, The minute we stopped at the entrance to register we got out to stretch our legs and immediately added three new birds for the trip, the first, Secretary Bird, in flight high above us, was one of my target species, and added to this we had a single White-backed Vulture and also a brief view of a Barn Owl...Keith Shepherd reports

Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe 1998

  • This is a report on my visit to Southern Africa this autumn. This was my third visit to the region, I visited Zimbabwe in 1993 and Cape Town/Zimbabwe in 1996. On this trip the first part was an overland tour of Namibia, followed by two days in Botswana and finally a week in Zimbabwe...David Kelly Reports

Cape, Namibia and the Shakawe area in Botswana 14th October - 12th November 1996

  • Namibia is a good choice for the serious birder, even if you had birded elsewhere in Africa previously. The country has a formal birdlist of 609 species of which 423 are resident. Namibia is one of two African countries (the other being Kenya) with the highest degree of endemicity....Jan Vermeulen reports


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A Photographic Guide to Birds of Namibia
I. Sinclair: Buy from or

  • This photographic guide deals with the basics of bird identification in Namibia by presenting those species that are most likely to be seen in accessible habitats throughout the region. The book is aimed directly at field identification. For those species that are sexually dimorphic, have both breeding and non-breeding plumages, or in which the juvenile plumage differs markedly from that of the adult, more than one photograph has been included. Thumbnail silhouettes aid the reader in quickly locating the correct group of birds, and for each species account a map shows the bird's distribution.

Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife : Southern Africa
Luke Hunter, Susan Rhind: Buy from or

  • This guide covers more than 100 top bird and wildlife-watching destinations, in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, from capital city day trips to dozens of national parks. Each destination has a map to the best sites and detailed itineraries. The 100 page wildlife gallery (mainly birds and mammals) is a delight to read and for each group of species there is a "hotspots" caption picking out the key sites...recommended, especially as a pre-trip planner.

Where to Watch Birds in Africa
Nigel Wheatley: Buy from or

  • One of a series of guides devoted to birdwatching, this book contains site accounts, plans, maps, lists of birds in the regions and advice on planning bird-watching trips. It deals with over 200 sites in detail, and mentions many others. Each country is covered alphabetically, including archipelagos and isolated islands off the African mainland, for example, the Azores. Bird lists are included under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities", "Others" and also "Other Wildlife", if relevant. Access details are given, often with detailed site maps. The emphasis of the book is "bird finding", that is, where to go for the "best" species

The Larger Illustrated Sasol Guide to Birds of Southern Africa
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  • This new edition of "Sasol Birds" is larger in both size and extent; a new section deals with the identification of "problem species", or those which are difficult to tell apart. Intended for use in the field, the text is pitched at a level to appeal to beginners, although the detail suggests it may also be of interest to more serious and professional birdwatchers.

Southern African Wildlife
Mike Unwin: Buy from or

  • The ideal companion for the wildlife visitor to Southern Africa with good coverage of all the main animal and bird groups and excellent photography throughout. The chapter "Making the most of it" gives invaluable practical advice for the first time visitor with hints on travel, health, accommodation and where to go.

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Jonathan Kingdon: Buy from

  • Superb, concise and compact enough to use in the field. All the mammals you are ever likely to encounter on a trip to africa. For anyone with an interest in African mammals, there really is no substitute. More than 700 illustrations by the authoritive and acclaimed Jonathon Kingdon.

Recommended travel books for Namibia:

Lonely Planet Namibia (Namibia, 1st Ed)
Deanna Swaney: Buy from or

  • An invaluable travel guide to the African state of Namibia. It explores the dunes, the ghost towns and the shipwrecks of the southern coast. Hiking opportunities are detailed and the photographic wildlife section zeros in on Namibia's varied fauna. There are useful sections on the Etosha and other National Parks and an intersesting section about sand dune wildlife.

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