- The Naturalist Collection
This tour takes you north of Swakopmund to the quartzite gravel plains to search for the arid-adapted and cryptic Gray’s Lark. This pale coloured desert Lark can be difficult to locate as it blends in perfectly to the expansive gravel plains which it frequents in the true Namib Desert. Here they scurry around in small family parties uttering a soft contact whistle all the while. It is this call that we will be listening out for when searching for this elusive little bird. The birds call actively during predawn and early evenings this is when they do their courtship display flights, avoiding the scorching heat of the day. Our other target species that we will be looking for are the pale coloured coastal form of Tractrac Chat, Red-capped Lark and Rufous-eared Warbler.
Here we may also see Spotted Desert Lizard, Namib Sand Snake and with luck Horned adder.
We collect and drop off guests at their Swakopmund Hotels/Guesthouses/B&Bs.
Pick up Time: 08h00 – 13h00 from your hotel in Swakopmund – half day
Included: Guide, vehicle, bottled water & soft drinks
Duration: Approximately 5 hours
Costs: N$ 1,300.00 per person – half day – minimum 3 persons
Pick up Time: 08h00 – 16h00 from your hotel in Swakopmund – full day
Included: Guide, vehicle, bottled water, soft drinks & light lunch
Duration: Approximately 8 hours
Costs: N$1,900.00 per person – full day – minimum 3 persons
What to bring: Walking shoes, jacket, sunblock & hat, binoculars & photographic equipment
From the gravel plains we travel to the wetlands near the Swakopmund salt works and depending on the time of the year we may encounter large flocks of both Greater and Lesser flamingos, a variety of waders including White-fronted Plover, African Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstones, Common Greenshanks, Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints and on occasion common Redshank and other unusual species like Greater or Lesser Sandplover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Franklin’s Gull. We also scope the guano platform with its thousands of Cape Cormorants for the rarer Bank Cormorant here at its northern most range. Kelp and Hartlaub’s Gulls are common here and in the summer there may also be large numbers of terns including Swift, Damara, Sandwich, Common, and Arctic and with luck Black Tern.
Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert
A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross
Visit the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater
Spend the day fishing off the Namibian coast
A day spent up to 25km of the coast in search of game fish
A day on the beaches of the Skeleton Coast
Situated in the beautiful town of Swakopmund, Eagle Eye Aviation offers the best in exclusive and luxury scenic flights across the Skeleton coast and the Namib Desert with sights like Kuiseb Canyon, Sossusvlei and Sandwich Harbour being some of the main a
This half-day tour takes place along the eastern part of the major dune belt which lies between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
This tour takes you from the Dorob National Park into the northern reaches of the Naukluft Park past the Moon Valley, through the Swakop River Valley and the Welwitschia Plains east of Swakopmund.
We offer a night walk to the Namib’s gravel plains where you will be shown the desert-adapted nightlife concentrating on the various species of Gecko, Spiders, Gerbils and Scorpions.
This tour is suitable for persons who wish to experience our coastal desert excursions but do not want to do any dune 4x4 driving.
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