Birds – Namib-Naukluft NP

Anthony Ham
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.

Namib-Naukluft NP is a great birding destination with over 200 species recorded. The area around the dunes of Sossusvlei is extremely dry and although there are some interesting species to be found, such as the dune lark, this is not the prime birding area. For prime birding, head for the Naukluft Mountains where many more species are present and easier to spot. Sandwich lagoon on the coast is great for Palearctic waders in the Wet season. Migrants are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Namib-Naukluft NP
Augur buzzard
Locally common
Common waxbill
Lappet-faced vulture
Monteiro's hornbill
Locally common and near-endemic
Pale chanting goshawk

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching is best in the summer, from November to April, when migrants from Europe and northern Africa are present. Most birds of prey are resident and can be seen throughout the year.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Namib-Naukluft NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr