Birds – Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet)
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.
With over 250 bird species recorded, the Tsau //Khaeb (formerly Sperrgebiet NP) is a great birding destination. There are several islands offshore which are important breeding sites for colonies of seabirds. Ichaboe Island is inhabited by a large population of African penguins. Aside from seabirds, the park is very good for wetland birds, which can be found at the mouth of the Orange River. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders(E) endemic = only lives in Namibia
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
- African black oystercatcher
- African penguin
- Black-headed canary
- Cape gannet
- Damara tern (NE)
- Dune lark (E)
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
The ideal time for bird-watching activities in Tsau //Khaeb is during migratory season, which occurs from November to April. Species arrive from all over northern Africa and Europe to spend the season here. There is, however, good birding throughout the year.