From Namibia's Skeleton Coast to Caprivi bordering Botswana.

some recent photographs from our tours

Since our first visit almost two decades ago, we have seen Namibia develop into one of the finest wildlife-watching destinations in the world.

Our tours to this fabulous country take us from the Skeleton Coast, home to thousands of shorebirds, flamingos, seals and seabirds, through the harsh Namib Desert with its fabulous red dunes, to Etosha. The great white saltpan is surrounded by masses of large animals and great birds forced into confined areas where they seek water. North of the park, the area becomes greener, more wooded and wetter as we travel through Caprivi.

 

The Caprivi Strip is situated at the far northern perimeter of the great wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta. The vast herds of game are very different to those of  Etosha and so are the birds. Combining a visit to Chobe National Park in Botswana and Caprivi, it would be a shame to miss the great spectacle of Victoria Falls.

These photographs were just a few from our 2009 tours.

 

 

the Jacana is a common bird of the Caprivi wetlands

Spotted Dikkops can be heard at night, or seen beside waterholes in an evening. 

 

The Blue Crane population in Namibia and Botswana is tiny and under serious threat. Fortunately, we have had a lot of luck with finding them.

 

Black-shouldered Kites are a common roadside bird.

 

Chameleons are difficult to find, unless they have changed to a silly colour like lemon!

 

this African Hoopoe was dust bathing

 

African Cuckoo is very similar to European Cuckoo.

 

Crimson-breasted Shrike is a common bush bird and the National bird of Namibia.

 

Giant millipedes are one of the mind-blowing insects that are worthy of a closer look.

Etosha supports good numbers of zebra and Black Rhino

 

 

Namibia has the highest population densities of Cheetah in Africa, but seeing one can be hard work.

 

 

 

I am sure this mum would have preferred a zebra crossing. She had eight cubs with her.

 

 

Gemsbok on the edge of the Etosha Pan

 

road journeys can be interrupted by the volume of traffic

 

 

 

these guys are returning from an all night party

 

Lanner Falcon

Red-necked Falcon

 

thousands of Namaqua Sandgrouse came to drink here at 8am each day, joined by the odd gnu, ostrich or lion

these Double-banded Coursers have a tiny chick, if you can spot it?

 

 

 

Waterberg Plateau

 

Jameson's Red Rock Rabbit is little known, rarely seen and hardly ever photographed. We have seen them on most trips.

 

Namibian Rock Agama

 

 

Guineafowl are much prettier in the wild state

 

Pygmy Falcons

 

Social Weaver

 

the red namib sands are home to the endemic Dune Lark

 

 

 

 

why?

 

 

 

the Skeleton Coast is reach in food for thousands of seabirds

 

 

this Fur Seal joined us on our cruise but was not invited to lunch

cheers!