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Namibia

We at Batis Birding are committed to providing you with an unforgettable experience, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Namibian landscape in all its glory. From the arid expanse of the Namib Desert to the lush swamps of the Okavango region, our tours take you through a range of habitats, introducing you to the fascinating geology, plants, insects and magnificent mammals that call this region home.

As a specialist in small group tours, we know that a high leader-participant ratio is crucial to ensure that everyone receives personalized attention, maximizes their birdwatching experience, and gains valuable knowledge from our expert guides. Our pace is relaxed, taking the time to enjoy early morning walks or breakfast before venturing to more distant sites. We cater to the needs of each group member, making sure that we never rush and always take our time to observe and appreciate the stunning wildlife around us.

Our tours are fully accommodated, with carefully selected overnight facilities in the best birding areas. We provide a full range of reference books in the vehicle and our guides carry telescopes for your use at all times. While we expect participants to bring their own binoculars, camera equipment and field guide, we ensure that you have everything you need to make the most of your birdwatching experience.

Join us at Batis Birding for an unforgettable journey through the spectacular landscapes of Namibia, where the pursuit of birds is just one part of an unforgettable adventure.

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We offer tailor-made tours to suit all budgetary and time requirements. Please contact us and we'll start planning your perfect trip.

Highlights

Etosha, meaning "The White Place" covers an area of 22 270km2 and is dominated by a massive mineral pan. Game viewing is excellent and antelopes and predators can be seen roaming freely. Etosha is a must for any traveler. There are several camps inside the park as well as just outside of the park. Most of them have floodlit watering holes allowing guests to also see nocturnal wildlife rounding up an already fantastic guest experience.

Believed to be the highest dunes in the world, Sossusvlei surely is a spectacular sight. Located in the Namib Naukluft Park there are several attractions to be visited including Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. Climbing "Big Mama" - the top of one of the higher dunes, is well worth the effort and allows for some spectacular views. This is a must for photographers! Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the contrasting colors of these magnificent sand dunes.

"Namib" is the Nama word for "vast" which describes this desert stretching along Namibia's coast. The oldest desert in the world stretches all along the shoreline from the south to the north. To the eye, it seems barren and harsh but really the Namib Desert is a fascinating environment consisting of gravel plains and dunes and ephemeral rivers flowing across unexpectedly. Various wildlife and plant species have adapted to survive these harsh conditions and it is most interesting to explore.

The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa. Its sheer scale and beauty are simply remarkable and can be viewed from several lookout points. The canyon measures 160km in length, 27km in width and reaches depths of up to 550m. During the dry season, river beds are dry however during the rainy season you could be seeing a raging torrent. The canyon falls part of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and extends into the Sperrgebiet National Park. Some 1600 different plant species occur within this area. The area is diverse in mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

Vast open spaces and rugged mountain terrain is best to describe the beauty that is Damaraland. From open plains and grassland to massive granite koppies Damaraland has much to offer including Namibia's highest mountain the Brandberg, the Bushmen engravings at Twyfelfontein and the Petrified Forest which is millions of years old. Black Rhino, Desert-adapted Elephants and Lions can be spotted roaming freely.

Home to the Himba people, Kaokoland is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Southern Africa. Kaokoland starts at the Hoanib River and ends with the Kunene River in the north, the natural border to Angola. Along the Kunene River you will find the Epupa Falls.

The Zambezi region borders with Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana and is home to four National Parks - Bwabwata, Nkasa Rupara, Mudumu and Mahago. It is surrounded by the Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and the Zambezi river. Vast wetlands attract over 600 bird species. There are nearly 200 kinds of flora and 4 of the big 5 can be seen.

The Mahango Game Reserve is located in the northeast of Namibia on the Botswana border. It offers a true wilderness feeling due to its remoteness and abundance of wildlife. Water is all year round but the Reserve truly comes to life after the rainy season when trees flower and bear fruit attracting and abundance of insects who in return attract several birds. Some 400 bird species have been recorded within this area.

The Quiver Tree Forest situated near the town of Keetmanshoop consists of large numbers of Aleo dichotoma trees. It was declared a National Monument in 1995 and unfortunately were declared to be endangered in 2010. Quiver trees are endemic to the south of Namibia. It is believed these plants are some 200-300 years old. The trees have a quirky character in that they look like they grow upside down as the leaves look very much like roots and they can reach heights anywhere between three to nine meters.
Just a stone throws away is the Giants Playground, said to have formed some 180 million years ago and a geological phenomenon. It is so-called because the large boulders look like they have been stacked as though a giant toddler was playing with them.

The ghost town of Kolmanskop is located in the Namib desert close to the coastal town of Lüderitz. Kolmanskop developed in the early 1900s when it was believed to be a diamond hot spot. A small German town developed with lavish houses and amenities including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school and so much more. Then after just 40 short years diamonds were depleted and found more abundantly elsewhere. And so, the town became barren. Today the ruins bear little resemblance to its former glory. The wind has demolished some of the houses and encroaching sand dunes have taken over. This, however, makes for fantastic photography and Kolmanskop remains a favorite must-see destination!
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