Windhoek to Victoria Falls

If you’re looking for an epic African birding safari, this tour is for you! Over the 19-day tour you’ll visit Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. You’ll experience everything from the arid Namib Desert to the vast curtain of falling water than makes up Victoria Falls. And in between you’ll see the transition from arid desert to the lush savanna of Botswana and Eastern Caprivi. Moreover, the tour includes a number of exciting birding boat trips on the Okavango and Zambezi Rivers. Sounds pretty exciting, right?

Areas covered:

Our African birding safari starts off in Windhoek. From there we explore a part of the Namib Desert as we make our way to Swakopmund on the coast. Moving on we visit the Erongo Mountain Conservancy. Next is the exciting birding and big game of Etosha National Park. Then we have a night on the way into Botswana, where spend time in the Shakawe area. Continuing eastwards, we traverse the Caprivi Strip to eventually enter Zimbabwe. To conclude, the tour ends after two nights at Victoria Falls.

Accommodation:

The accommodation is of a medium-plus to high standard. It includes a travel lodge, guest houses, national park chalets and a number of safari lodges. Importantly, all accommodations have en-suite facilities, and are clean and comfortable.

The birding:

‘Epic’ sums up the birding on this African birding safari! The dry parts of Namibia offer some great near-endemics. And the wetter regions of Caprivi, Shakawe and Victoria Falls offer some of Southern Africa’s richest birding. The species number is incredible! You can start researching species such as: Dune Lark, Herero Chat, Kori Bustard, Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Damara Rockrunner, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Slaty Egret, African Skimmer, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Western Banded Sake Eagle, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Southern Carmine Bee-eater and many others. A list of over 400 species to be expected.

The mammals:

Although this is primarily a birding safari, there are plenty of mammals and other wildlife to see. For example, these include the classic African big game species such as Elephant, African Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, South African Giraffe and Hippopotamus. And Etosha offers what are perhaps the best odds for seeing the elusive Black Rhino. In addition, one can expect to see a range of Antelope, plus some smaller species such as various Primates; Honey Badger; Black-backed Jackal; various Mongoose species and others. In addition, there’s a range of reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and other insects to be seen.

In conclusion, this African birding safari offers you some of the best of Southern Africa in one tour! The range of habitats covered, the sheer number and variety of birds, and the fantastic mammal component all add up to a winning itinerary. It’s literally a once-in-a-lifetime trip (but you may well feel the need to return to see more of Africa!).

Gallery

Itinerary

Tour in brief

Group size: maximum of 8 participants; 4 participants per guide / vehicle.

Areas visited: Windhoek, Namib Grens, Swakopmund, Erongo Mountains, Etosha, Rundu, Shakawe, Katima Mulilo and Victoria Falls.

Expected weather conditions: mild to warm on the central plateau and the Namib Desert, warm to very hot for the rest of it, humid as well in Caprivi. Some rain to be expected.

Birding in brief:  excellent in terms of variety and also specials and near-endemics. Good general savannah birding in Etosha and Caprivi.

Top birds: Rockrunner, Herero Chat, White-tailed Shrike, Rüpell’s Korhaan, Monterio’s Hornbill, Sharp-tailed Starling, African Skimmer, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Western Banded Snake-Eagle and many others.

Mammal viewing: good all-round and excellent in Etosha, where big game occurs. Highlights may include Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and Black Rhino.

Rates

2021: ZAR 92 200 per person sharing, ZAR 5 250 single supplement

Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control. 

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in Lawson’s vehicle whilst travelling
  • Entrance fees
  • Personalised checklists
  • Specialist guide fees

Excludes

  • All airfares
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All drinks
  • Optional excursions where applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal border fees

Note:

  • This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
  • The species mentioned in the itinerary represent only some of the possible ones we may see on the tour, however, none of these can be guaranteed even though every effort will be made where possible to locate them. A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.

Ends on the last day of the tour at Victoria Falls Airport in time for late morning departure flights. Please check with us before booking any flights.