Namibia Birdwatching and Bird Ringing Safaris
Your hosts, Tim and Laurel Osborne, at Tandala Ridge have 40 years of birding experience in Africa and are quite willing to help with birding on the farm, planning your trip and offering tips on Namibian travel.
Bird Ringing Safari
Tim and Laurel are both wildlife biologists from Alaska who retired to Namibia in 1997 to study the kori bustard in Etosha National Park. In 1999 we purchased a farm 45 minutes away from Etosha Park. We built a small lodge, Tandala Ridge, and have been ringing ever since on the farm. The habitat of the 14,000 acre farm is in Mopani woodland with rocky hills. We have game fenced the perimeter and have been restocking the place with native game in addition to the naturally occurring kudu, and smaller antelope.
The Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Permit Office, will issue a temporary "C" ringing permit to any foreign licensed ringer. A copy of your ringing license must be posted and/or scanned to me prior to your arrival in Namibia. We use SAFRING rings (South African Ringing Scheme) which we purchase.
Fee Schedule for Bird Ringing
Prices vary depending on whether you want an all-inclusive bird ringing tour or you are on a self-driving holiday. The inclusive bird ringing tour includes airport to airport transfers, all accommodation, meals, cold drinks and ringing supplies. If the Ringer wants to ring in other localities besides Tandala Ridge then the Ringer will be responsible for lodging and meals for the Ringer and guide and fuel transportation costs.
We also offer custom built tours to suit your needs. These are led by biologist Tim Osborne based at Tandala Ridge Lodge, Windpoort Farm, just south of Etosha National Park.
Namibia, located in southwestern Africa, has 670 species of birds found in a wide range of habitats: Namib Desert, Nama Karoo, upland scrubland, deciduous woodland, riverine woodland, floodplains, grasslands, ocean and estuary. Within these habitats one can find a large variety of species ranging from specialized larks with restricted distributions to ostriches and African Finfoots. Namibia has the largest single colony of Carmine Bee-eaters (over 5000) in Africa.