Tick and tweet to your heart's content in Namibia’s communal conservancies! With 676 species to search for, Namibia is a paradise for birders.
From rare, endemic birds, such as cinderella waxbill, rufous-tailed palm-thrush and bare-cheeked babbler, found in northwestern Namibia to a plethora of more than 450 species of birds found in the conservancies in the Kavango and Zambezi regions, Namibia’s communal conservancies will have birders twitching all over!
In fact, Namibia's birding checklist features 676 of Southern Africa's 887 species. Communal conservancies are where many of these species live, including the country's 15 endemic or near-endemic species, the 'megaticks' including white-tailed shrike, Rüppell’s korhaan, Hartlaub's spurfowl, Rüppell's parrot, violet wood-hoopoe, Carp's tit, Monteiro’s hornbill, Herero chat and Damara hornbill.
Birding hotspots abound in the north and northeastern conservancies, particularly along the rivers. More than 400 species of spectacular and special birds have been recorded here, including the slaty egret, swamp boubou, chirping cisticola, greater swamp-warbler, rock pratincole, African skimmer and long-toed lapwing.
From August to October, there is a carnival of colour in the silts of the Zambezi as colonies of carmine bee-eaters build their nests and take to the sky in a cloud of flapping, red wings.
Along the coast, where a few communal conservancies have concession rights in the Skeleton Coast Park, flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and other coastal birds abound.
Communal conservancies provide the space to roost and the air space to fly for a spectacular array of birds, making conservancies destinations of choice for dedicated birders and those who simply enjoy pure, winged beauty.
Highways lead to by-ways that lead to countless side tracks in Namibia’s communal conservancies, just waiting to be explored by the intrepid traveler. From rocky rugged passes in the northwest to the east where water turns tracks into muddy quagmires, there are challenges for the toughest vehicle and driver.
Namibia is a photographer’s dream. There are magical hours, days and nights. Spectacular wildlife, landscapes and people of old, evolving cultures found in Namibia’s communal conservancies provide endless opportunities for keen amateur and professional photographers to capture stunning images.