Birds and Wildlife of Namibia and Botswana

Join Iolo on this Ultimate Safari

13th – 26th November 2017

On this small group tour you will visit Etosha National Park, Okavango River and the Skeleton Coast. Iolo will guide you through this wonderful country and will be on hand throughout the tour passing on his wealth of wildlife knowledge.

We depart Windhoek for Okonjima Lodge near Otjiwarongo in central Namibia where we will spend our first evening. Okonjima Lodge is based at the famous Africat Foundation where you have the opportunity to learn more about Namibia’s population of free-roaming predators (lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and smaller species).They also have a very interesting rehabilitation centre here where you can get close up views of these amazing animals.

An introduction to the savannah ecosystem

From a birding point of view this will be the perfect introduction to the Acacia savannah ecosystem. After an early morning walk around the lodge or perhaps an optional activity at Africat we make our way north to the rivers and mature woodland of the Caprivi Strip. We will look for Dark-chanting Goshawk, Shikra, Gabar Goshawk, and spend the night at a lodge overlooking the Okavango River.

We then explore the woodland between Rundu and Mahangu National Park and exciting possibilities along this section of road include Racket-tailed Roller, Rufous-bellied Tit, Souza’s Shrike, Sharp-tailed Starling, Green-backed Honeybird and African Hobby. Making our way across the border into Botswana where we will spend the night exploring the Okavango Panhandle. The big special here is the highly sought after Pel’s Fishing Owl and this area must be one of the best spots in the world to find this beautiful bird.

The wonders of the Etosha National Park

From here we will cross back into Namibia and start to make our way back south to Etosha National Park. This is home to 114 species of mammal in the park and it is the best place in the world to see Black Rhino. Other game include elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, honey-badger, black-faced impala, kudu, eland, Damara Dik-dik, warthog and big herds of springbok, zebra, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and oryx.

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