Arid Areas Birding – Part 4, Swakopmund to Ashkam


Leaving Swakopmund, we drove inland again on our way to Hohenstein Lodge.  We detoured via the Spitzkoppe, where we were able to enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery.  The white-tailed Shrike made its appearance, but we were disappointed not to see the Carp’s Tit, a local special.

Hohenstein Lodge is situated below the highest peaks of the Erongo Mountains and the cliffs loomed high above us.  At night there were pinpricks of light from the illegal crystal hunters who mine the dangerous slopes.  Hohenstein was comfortable, but very hot.  We were alone on our first night, but joined by 15 German tourists on the second night.  A drive through the Erongo Conservancy to Omaruru revealed some interesting countryside, but did not produce many birds, although we did see a couple of Monteiro’s Hornbills.

Our drive back south was interrupted by a puncture which we managed to get repaired in Usakos, despite…

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