From the ochre-coloured dunes of the Namib Desert to the lily-choked backwaters of the Okavango Panhandle, the flamingo-studded lagoons of Walvis Bay to the game-filled waterholes of Etosha and the breath-taking Victoria Falls, this tour provides incredible contrasts and an eco-tourism experience like no other!
This very popular overland safari is a birding and wildlife extravaganza, visiting some of the major highlights of three of Africa’s most remarkable countries, all offering vast areas of pristine wilderness. Birdlife abounds and we search for an impressive array of localized, as well as more widespread African species such as the sought-after Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, Ludwig’s Bustard, Rüppell’s Korhaan, Secretarybird, Pel’s Fishing Owl (one of ten possible owls!), Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, the huge Coppery-tailed Coucal, Rüppell’s Parrot, Monteiro’s Hornbill, Rockrunner, Violet Wood Hoopoe, Bare-cheeked and Black-faced Babblers, Rosy-faced Lovebird, White-tailed Shrike, Herero Chat, Dune and Gray’s Larks, Violet-eared Waxbill – and so much more besides!
What's more, we have time to observe mammals, large and small, ranging from elephant shrews to Africa Elephant, Fur Seals to Hippopotamus, as well as exciting range of charismatic African big game including the fabled ’Big 5’.
The spectacular and dramatic scenery, coupled with quality mammal viewing and exceptional birding, all combine to make this one of our most popular birding adventures!
*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*
Ludwig’s & Kori Bustards; Rüppell’s & Northern Black Korhaans; Secretarybird; Pel’s Fishing Owl; Hartlaub’s & Red-billed Spurfowls; Rüppell’s Parrot; Monteiro’s, Damara Red-billed & Bradfield's Hornbills; Rockrunner; Violet Wood Hoopoe; Bare-cheeked, Southern Pied & Black-faced Babblers; Rosy-faced Lovebird; White-tailed Shrike; Herero Chat; chances for Shelley’s & Copper Sunbirds; Dune & Gray's Larks; African Skimmer(seasonal); Slaty Egret; Wattled Crane; Rock Pratincole (seasonal); Chestnut-banded Plover; Damara Tern; Cape, Bank & Crowned Cormorants; Burchell's & Double-banded Coursers; African Oystercatcher; Bradfield's Swift; Bokmakierie; Rufous-eared Warbler; South African Shelduck; Orange River White-eye; Dusky Sunbird; Cape Vulture; thousands of Lesser & Greater Flamingos. Top Mammals
The “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, Black and White Rhinoceroses, African Buffalo); Cheetah; Hartmann’s sub-species of Mountain Zebra; Plains Zebra; Common Warthog; Giraffe; Roan & Sable Antelope; Red Lechwe; Topi; Common Eland; Springbok; Meerkat; Honey Badger; Dassie Rat; Spotted-necked Otter; South African & Damara Ground Squirrels; African Wild Cat; Central African Large-spotted Genet. Habitats Covered
coastal estuaries, broad-leaved woodland, riverine forest, floodplains, grass plains, papyrus swamps, mountains, gravel and sandy deserts Expected Climate
temperatures are variable. Autumn/Winter (May to August) - can be warm during the day (reaching as much as 31°C / 88°F in the Caprivi). At night and in the early mornings it can, however, be very cold (as low as 5°C / 41°F in the central highlands of Namibia). Spring/Summer (September to April) - can be very high at this time of year, (reaching as much as 40°C / 104°F in the Caprivi). Max Group Size
7 & 1 Rockjumper leader Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, long drives, undemanding walks Accommodation
comfortable hotels, national park bungalows and lodges Ease of Birding
easy, open country birding Number of Species Expected
375-425 Other Attractions
Namib sand dunes, Spitzkoppe, Etosha, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls Photographic Opportunities
This was my first birding tour, and what a great introduction it was. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The birding, wildlife viewing and accomodation were excellent and the vehicle very comfortable. Our tour leader, Heinz, was knowledgable, enthusiastic and managed all the logistics very well. Heinz ensured all members of the group (with their differing birding abilities) enjoyed good birding. This trip exceeded my expections. Thanks for providing such a great experience!
Andre is a very competent guide, good with his clients, patient and lots of fun. He interacted well with the local people.
I booked this tour in 2019, Tour was canceled twice but it was worth the wait. Such an enjoyable group to be traveling with. Greg De Klerk is a wealth of knowledge about all the flora and fauna of this part of Africa. We started with the might and beauty of Victoria Falls and the beauty of these three countries just kept unfolding as we went. Not only did we see so many birds and animals we also learned exciting things about each of those animals and birds. All done with Greg's great sense of humour. He took the time to see that each guest was personally looked after, I would travel with him again. Accommodations were excellent. Food abundant and superb. It was a great trip.
Thank you for a wonderful trip! Thank you, Andre Bernon, for all you did to make it so memorable!
Glen was very organised and knowledgeable. He gave clear directions as to what we would be doing the following day. He has a very calm and friendly manner. He has extremely good hearing and the ability to both hear the birds and point them out. He was very helpful to assist me when I did not see where the bird was. I would certainly like to travel with him again.