Trip report: Namibia and Botswana (Sep 2013)

Guided by Charley Hesse and Ken Behrens.
Report written by Charley Hesse.

This trip was the 4th annual Audubon Shop Namibia/Botswana custom tour. The tried and tested itinerary remained unchanged from previous years although we did get to stay at some great new accommodations for the first time. From Windhoek we dropped off the escarpment and crossed the Namib Desert, experiencing an ever-changing landscape and finding the rare Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra. In the Walvis Bay area we found the Namibian endemic Dune Lark and saw extraordinary numbers of both flamingos on the coast. The famous inselberg of Spitzkoppe produced the rare Herero Chat against a stunning backdrop and clients were charmed by the incredible location of the Erongo Wilderness Lodge with all its interesting specialties, including the charismatic Rockrunner. Etosha National Park never disappoints and this year we had great action with many lions and elephants around waterholes during the day, and with the drought, especially large numbers of Black Rhinos at night. We also watched Spotted Hyaenas on many occasions and even watched one group swimming! Boat rides on the Kavango River in Namibia and more in the Okavango Pan-handle in Botswana were also a highlight with the awesome Pel’s Fishing-Owl. Jerry never fails to bring a nice bunch of people and this year he excelled himself. What a great time we had!

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