Gray’s Lark & Coastal Wetlands Birding

The Gray’s Lark can be difficult to locate as it blends in perfectly to the gravel plains which it frequents in the Namib Desert – the Braines can track it for you

This desert day tour takes you north of Swakopmund to the quartzite gravel plains to search for the arid-adapted and cryptic Gray’s Lark. Here they scurry around in small family parties uttering a soft contact whistle all the while. It is this call that we will be listening out for when searching for this elusive little bird. The birds call actively during predawn and early evenings when they do their courtship display flights, avoiding the scorching heat of the day.

The other target species that we will be looking for are the pale-colored coastal form of Tractrac Chat, Red-capped Lark, and Rufous-eared Warbler.

Here we may also see Spotted Desert Lizard, Namib Sand Snake, and with luck Horned Adder.

From the gravel plains, we travel to the wetlands near the Swakopmund salt works, and depending on the time of the year we may encounter large flocks of both Greater and Lesser Flamingos, a variety of waders including White-fronted Plover, African Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstones, Common Greenshanks, Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints and on occasion common Redshank and other unusual species like Greater or Lesser Sandplover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Franklin’s Gull.

We also scope the guano platform with its thousands of Cape Cormorants for the rarer Bank Cormorant here at its northernmost range. Kelp and Hartlaub’s Gulls are common here and in the summer there may also be large numbers of terns including Swift, Damara, Sandwich, Common, Arctic, and with luck Black Tern.

We also visit a small wetland in the Swakop River where Kittlitz’s Plover is fairly common as well as a Chestnut-banded Plover and a few other waders. Occasionally Cape TealEgyptian Goose, Rock Kestrel, Black-winged Kite, and Peregrine Falcon may be seen.

If time permits we have a quick visit to the dunes and look for some of the specially adapted lizards, insects and with luck the desert Namaqua Chameleon and Peringuey’s Adder (Sidewinder).


Information

HALF-DAY

Costs: N$ 1,300 per person 

Pick up Time: 08h00 – 13h00 from your hotel in Swakopmund 

Duration: Approximately 5 hours

Included: Guide, vehicle, bottled water & soft drinks

What to bring: Walking shoes, jacket, sunblock & hat, binoculars & photographic
equipment

FULL-DAY

Costs: N$1,900.00 per person 

Pick up Time: 08h00 – 16h00 from your hotel in Swakopmund

Duration: Approximately 8 hours

Included: Guide, vehicle, bottled water, soft drinks & light lunch

What to bring: Walking shoes, jacket, sunblock & hat, binoculars & photographic
equipment

  • Minimum 3 adults required for a tour, single travelers are welcome to join existing bookings.
  • Children’s rates apply to children under the age of 12 years.
  • Tours are guided in English unless otherwise pre-arranged.
  • All activities are weather-dependent.

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