Namibia hosts superlative scenery, a dramatic arid landscape of great beauty. Along our route we witness massive red dunes, fanciful granite outcrops, an isolated, iconic inselberg (the Brandburg) and colonial Swakopmund on the scenic coast. We find an array of arid-land birds, many not found in other parts of Africa. The Namib is the oldest desert in the world, with oases for a rich and sometimes odd array of mammal, plant and birdlife. Oryx, Blesbok, hornbills, Rockrunner, Herero Chat, Dune Lark, numerous birds of prey and more await! Highlights include time at the vivid red dunes of Sossusvlei, a contrast to coastal Walvis Bay.
This tour is designed to pair with our 2020 Botswana trips
- Experience the Namib, the world’s oldest desert, a vast sea of sand holding massive red dunes at Sossusvlei
- Explore amidst the fanciful granite outcrops of the Erongo Mountains, known for impressive wildlife, over 200 species of birds and rock art
- Visit the mighty Brandberg, Namibia’s largest mountain (8450 feet), a dramatic inselberg home to exciting birds and mammals
- See one of the more bizarre plants on the planet, the Welwitschia
- Look for signature bird species such as Rockrunner, Herero Chat, Hartlaub’s Spurfowl and Dune Lark
- Sight exciting raptors such as African Black (Verreaux’s), Martial, and Booted Eagles, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Lanner and Peregrine Falcons, Rock Kestrel and more
- Find arid-land specialty birds including chats, coursers, sandgrouse, numerous larks, bustards and korhaans,
- Enjoy the colonial seaside town of Swakopmund
Photo credits: Banner: Giraffe by Peg Abbott; Lilac-breasted Roller, courtesy Batis Birding Safaris (BBS); Rosy-faced Lovebirds, courtesy BBS; Violet-eared Waxbill, courtesy BBS; Blue Crane, courtesy BBS; Northern Black Korhaan, courtesy BBS; Dune Lark, courtesy BBS.