Trip report: Namibia and Botswana, The Living Desert and Okavango (June 2008) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Benji Schwartz and Ken Behrens.

From magnificent sand dunes and stunning desert landscape to the forests of the Caprivi Strip and mammal filled parks such as Etosha, Namibia is one of Africa’s premier travel destinations. Less visited than many of the more famous regions of East Africa, the still pristine landscape, unique culture, and amazing mammal and bird viewing opportunities make Namibia a unique and fabulous African experience. With two weeks to explore this fantastic country we concentrated our efforts in the north where the majority of specialty species occur. Though most of the Palearctic migrants weren’t yet around, we managed to pick up an amazing 330 species including almost all of the specialties we were looking for. While birds were our pirmary interest, the mammal viewing was spectacular and we managed to see nearly fifty species as well as a remarkable array of insects and some of the oddest plant species found on the planet.

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