Our new relaxed tour is designed to visit the best of Namibian birding sites. This enhanced safari will find not only a stunning array of birds but will also take in the world-famous Etosha National Park and the great game to be found there. We begin our journey in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital and an area that offers a superb introduction to the birds of this amazing country. Thereafter, we drive through the ancient Namib Desert, a land of enormous red dunes and inhospitable rocky desert. The cold Benguela Current is responsible for the cold, rich upwelling along southern Africa’s west coast. We will sample its biological wealth at Walvis Bay, an estuarine system that can hold around 100 000 waterbirds in summer! Leaving the coast, we journey inland to the scenic Spitzkoppe and endemic-rich Erongo Mountains, our lodge conveniently located right in the heart of the action. We will then travel north to sample the impressive mammalian (and avian!) delights of Etosha National Park, before completing our journey back in Windhoek.
Dune & Gray's Larks; Rockrunner; Herero Chat; Rüppell’s & Northern Black Korhaans; Hartlaub's & Red-billed Spurfowls; Rüppell’s Parrot; Burchell's Courser; Violet Wood Hoopoe; White-tailed Shrike; Monteiro's, Damara Red-billed & Bradfield's Hornbills; Karoo Scrub Robin; Carp's Tit; Tractrac Chat; Orange River White-eye; Dusky Sunbird; Cape, Crowned & Bank Cormorants; Damara Tern; African Oystercatcher; Bradfield's Swift; Bokmakierie; Kori & Ludwig's Bustards; Bare-cheeked & Black-faced Babblers; Rufous-eared Warbler; South African Shelduck; Cape Vulture.
Black & White Rhinoceroses; African Elephant; Lion; Cheetah; Spotted Hyena; Hartmann’s sub-species of Mountain Zebra; Kirk's Dik-dik; Klipspringer; Gemsbok; Springbok; 'Black-faced' Impala; South African Giraffe.
coastal estuaries, broad-leaved woodland, riverine forest, mountains, gravel and sandy deserts
warm to hot with chances of occasional thunder showers
7 & 1 Rockjumper Tour Leader
Our Relaxed series of tours are designed to focus on having an enjoyable holiday with a bird and wildlife focus. Where possible; we have reduced or removed long drives, single night stays and poor/rustic accommodation. We have also sought to reduce or remove difficult hikes, narrow/muddy trails and otherwise oppressive environmental conditions. Early starts and night birding are mostly optional, and we will not spend much time searching for difficult and/or skulking species. These tours are not suitable for hardcore birders and listers, or dedicated photographers.
comfortable hotels, national park bungalows and lodges
easy, open country birding, some tricky species
Namib sand dunes, Spitzkoppe, Etosha, Spreetshoogte Pass
good to excellent
Heinz Ortmann is a great guide, organizer and traveling companion.
The best part of the tour was our guide, Julian Parsons. He was extremely knowledgeable about the birds, mammals, and plants and trees. He also was very personable and inclusive, making sure everyone was able to see the wildlife. I would go on other tours he plans if they fit my schedule. So, definitely, do what is needed to keep him on your staff.
Andre is a very competent guide, good with his clients, patient and lots of fun. He interacted well with the local people.
Andre Bernon was a great leader, with great vision and bird finding skills. He also had excellent people skills, both with the participants and the various third parties that we dealt with. He maintained good humour and an even disposition throughout.
The tour was fabulous and Heinz is a great guide. Our van was good with the "pop up" roof. The lodges we stayed at were very nice with good food. We even had a chance to try some wild game.
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