Namibia, Okavango, Caprivi and Vic Falls Photographic Trip report

Our birding trip started in Windhoek and we spend the first night close the spectacular Spreetshoogte Pass where we had fantastic views of two Herero Chats, probably the most difficult to find of the Namibian near endemics. Other interesting sightings in this beautiful area include Ruppell’s Korhaan, Pygmy Falcon, Secretary Bird, Stark’s Lark and Augur Buzzard. We spend a night in Walvis Bay where the main attraction was the endemic Dune Lark and we ended up with two sightings. Other special here included Black Oystercatcher, Gray’s Lark, Chestnut-banded Plover and thousands of Lesser and Greater flamingoes.

We spend the next two nights in the Erongo Mountains which is an endemic hotspot and we had wonderful sightings of Rockrunner, Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, White-tailed Shrike, Violet Wood-hoopoe, Ruppell’s Parrot, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Carp’s Black Tit, Barred Wren-warbler, Freckled Nightjar and we had a great leopard sighting while birding on foot and had caracal drinking at the lodge waterhole. This a rally special place indeed.

From here we had 3 nights in Etosha which offers great birding with an added bonus of game viewing in one of Africa’s great game parks. We ended up with 10 different lion sightings, plenty of Black Rhino, Elephant, White Rhino, Hyena, African Wild Cat, Honey Badger and the normal plains game. The birding didn’t disappoint with the highlights being Bare-cheeked Babbler, Spike-heeled, Pink-billed, Eastern Clapper and Sabota Larks, Greater Painted Snipe, Double Banded Courser and the full complement of raptors and vultures. 

We next moved the more tropical Caprivi and Okavango regions. Three nights on the Okavango River did not disappoint with great sightings that included Pel’s Fishing-owl, Rufous-bellied Heron, Lesser Jacana, Slaty Egret, White-backed Night-heron, Broad-billed Roller, Rock Pratincole, Carmine Bee-eater, Goliath Heron, African Wood-owl, African Barred Owlet and Rufous-bellied Tit to name a few. 

We spend two nights on the Zambezi River where tried to find the “missing” specials had great sightings of Finfoot, Allen’s Gallinule, Luapula’s Cisticola, Schalow’s Turaco, Ayers's Hawk-eagle and Copper Sunbird. We enjoyed a final night on the Chobe River with spectacular game viewing and great views of Trumpeter Hornbill, Collared Palm-thrush, Brown Firefinch, African Skimmer and a nice Melanistic form of the Gabar Goshawk. 

We have set our set departure date group safari for 7 November 2016 and will limit the group size to 6 people. We can as always organise a private safari or try and move the date. See you in Namibia in 2016. 

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