Birds of Walvis Bay tour
Duration: 5 hours
Price: ZAR2700.00 per person excl tax (min of 2 people)
Tour starts/ends in Walvis Bay.
Walvis Bay Birds Paradise
Walvis Bay Lagoon & wetlands
The Walvis Bay Salt Pans
Walvis Bay is a coastal city about 3o kilometers south of Swakopmund, it was discovered by Diaz at 1487 but was only founded in 1793 by the Cape Dutch and two years later it was annexed by the British. With its natural deep water port, this town is of great imporatance to the entire African economy, and it is still a key player with regards to exporting fish across the world.
The town has roughly 100 000 inhabitants and it is situated at a large lagoon that is home to numerous bird species including flamingos, pelicans, gulls, terns and many more. This lagoon is a RAMSAR site and is one of the most important wetlands in Southern Africa, and is a feeding site for upto 250 000 flamingos during the rainy season.
The lagoon, salt pans and the bird sanctuary which form the Walvis Bay Wetlands are one of the most important coastal wetlands of southern Africa. Over 150,000 migrant birds spend the summer months in Walvis Bay and non-breeding palearctic, and intra-African species dominate. Possible sightings include over 150 species of bird that have been recorded in this region. You can see Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Great White Pelican, Chestnut-banded Plover, African Oystercatcher, Cape Teal and Black-necked Grebe.
European and northern Siberian migrants that travel between 10 000 and 14 000 kilometres to reach Walvis Bay each year. These long-distance travellers consist of Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint, Marsh Sandpiper and Red Knot, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Caspian Tern and Black Tern.
What you can expect
Your day starts when we meet you at 08:30 at your accommodation in Walvis Bay or at a pre-arranged meeting place in Walvis Bay.
From here we travel to the birds paradise on the outskirts of Walvis Bay to search for the Red- Knobbed Coots, Moorhens, Banded plovers, Blacksmith Lapwing and the African Purple Swamp-hen.
After some time at birds paradise, we move to the Walvis Bay Lagoon to view thousands of greater and lesser flamingos, Pied Avocets, plovers and stilts.
At the wetlands we search for the Common Whimbrel, Grey Heron, Greater White Pelican, Little Egret and other medium sized wading birds.
From here we travel into the Kuiseb River Delta in search of our only true endemic, the Dune Lark, this bird can be seen running from dune to dune in search food.
Once we have our photos of this bird, then we move towards the Walvis Bay saltpans where we can spot Greater White Pelicans, a variety of Terns and Black Neck Grebes.
Your tour concludes in Walvis Bay