Overview

From the ochre-coloured dunes of the Namib Desert to the flamingo-studded lagoons of Walvis Bay to the game-filled waterholes of Etosha, this tour provides incredible contrasts and an eco-tourism experience like no other! Our comprehensive overland safari combines the numerous endemic and special birds and animals of the dry, western deserts with the moist Kavango region. Spending quality time observing mammals, large and small, will be a major aspect of this tour and we can expect to see an exciting array of charismatic African big game, including the fabled ‘Big 5’ Spectacular and dramatic scenery, coupled with quality mammal viewing and exceptional birding, all combine to make this one of our most popular adventures!

Birdlife abounds and we target an impressive array of localized as well as more widespread African species, including such sought-after specials as 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!

Spending quality time observing mammals, large and small, will be a major focus of this trip and we should see creatures ranging from Elephant-Shrews to Elephants, Fur Seals to Hippopotamus, plus an exciting range of charismatic African big game including the fabled ’Big 5’ (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant).

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!

Tour Facts Top Birds
African Skimmer, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, Rock Pratincole, Ludwig’s & Kori Bustards, Rüppell’s & Northern Black Korhaans, Secretarybird, Pel’s Fishing Owl (one of ten possible owls!), 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, 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 and 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, Warthog, Giraffe, Roan and Sable Antelopes, Red Lechwe, Topi, Common Eland, Springbok, Sitatunga, Meerkat, Honey Badger, Dassie Rat, Spotted-necked Otter, South African and Damara Ground Squirrels, 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
pleasant in mornings/afternoons, hot midday, can be cooler in the evenings
Max Group Size
7 & 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed pace, 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, Waterberg Plateau NP
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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This private tour, organised by Rockjumper, allowed us to visit some fantastic areas in the country. Our main focus was on birds, with Pel's Fishing Owl and Shoebill high on our "would like to see" lists. We saw both of them really well, along with another 56 lifers. The Shoebill sighting will remain in our memories for many years, as we waded through the marsh to see both adults close to the nest, plus a well-grown youngster! The overall Bird List totalled some 320 species, along with 47 species of mammal. Highlights of the mammal sightings included an hour spent with a hunting Leopard, a couple of Lionesses with five cubs, a Cheetah with six cubs and sightings of four different Serval. The pace of the tour was excellent and staying for three nights in a small number of sites gave us the opportunity to really explore the different habitats. The accommodation throughout was fantastic. David Hoddinott was a fantastic leader and was aptly supported by the local guides.

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.

Daniel is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, always with a cheerful smile. The vehicle was as comfortable as possible for group travel and his thoughtfulness about bringing a little stepstool made it all the more better for us short people! He handled glitches efficiently and still cheerfully

Heinz Ortmann is a great guide, organizer and traveling companion.

I enjoyed the trip… a nice mix of birds and other animals. Greg de Klerk did a great job. I hope there will be another trip that I can travel with him.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2021 DEPARTURES
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