Birds – Kaokoland

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Kaokoland doesn’t have a lot of bird activity due to its dry desert environment. There are, however, many interesting species present, including the rare rufous-tailed palm-thrush. One of the best birding spots is in the palm forest along the Kunene River. Boat trips on the Kunene river are a great way to pick up some of the water associated birds, such as giant and malachite kingfisher, fish eagle and goliath heron. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Kaokoland
African harrier hawk
Common
Bateleur
Common
Giant kingfisher
Common
Rufous-crowned roller
Common
Scarlet-chested sunbird
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in Namibia
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Facts & Figures

Birds in Kaokoland
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Good birding is typical throughout the year in Kaokoland. There are many resident specials that are here year-round. The best birding takes place during the summertime, from November to April, when migrants arrive.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Kaokoland
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr