Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours

Batis Birding Safaris and Day Tours

Safaris • Eco Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
We are a family operated company based in Swakompund, Namibia. We offer Desert Day Tours including an Eco Dune Tour better known as "Living Desert" as well as Night Walks, Welwitchia and Moonlandscape excursions and specialized bird watching tours as part of Batis Birding Safaris in and around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, including day trips to Spitzkoppe and Brandberg. Batis Birding Safaris will focuses on bird watching and photography specifically. Guided and self-drive tours are offered throughout Namibia as well as guided tours to Angola, Madagascar, Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia. Namibian Naturalist offers guided and self-drive tours focusing on photography, general wildlife as well as specialized tours including herpetology, entomology and botany within Namibia only.
Swakopmund, Namibia
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Supratik
Leicester, UK1,950 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
In 2013 when I was looking for a Living Desert trip from Swakop I never even knew about the existence of Batis Birding and had provisionally booked with some other company who also had very good reviews. But the more I read about those companies the more I felt they were a bit too crowded for my liking. I also wanted to see some of the birds near the Swakop river delta and the cemetery but these tours were not very flexible.
Then by serendipity I came across Batis Birding and realised this was the same Steve Braine who used to own Hobatere lodge. They were also offering a Living Desert Trip from Swakop and looked like the group size was much smaller. There was no review but I got in touch with mfuwe who had stayed at Hobatere and was full of praise fro Steve and Louise.
I got in touch with Louise Braine and she was one of the most efficient and helpful people I have ever come across. She gave me numerous advice on birding, scenic flight and general tips. We decided to go with them in the morning and a scenic flight in the afternoon.
On the day there was another group who went with Dayne and we went with Steve. Steve's passion for nature is truly awe inspiring. And such a humble man despite having several species of butterflies named after him.
It has been very cold for the last few days and understandably it was difficult to see the cold blooded creatures. But Steve tried his best and with some help from Dayne we saw puff adder, chameleons, side winders, lizards, lichens and birds. The Trac Trac chats treated Steve as his friend.
But it was just not the creatures. The whole experience was wonderful even in a cold grey day. Steve gave us a wonderful talk on the geology of Dune formation and even managed to hold the attention of our young children. We had discussion on a range of subjects and it was a pleasure to spend the time with him in the Valley of the Phoenix.
I was touched by the trouble he took to make sure the side winder adder was safe by putting it in his hat and transporting it.
Later he took us to the old rail line area to show us some more birds.
I strongly recommend a Living Desert trip with Batis birding.
Written November 14, 2014
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Tamara S
Herndon, VA214 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
I cannot even begin to write how amazing this tour was for myself and my 7 year old daughter. No guarantees of wildlife they say but our amazing guides saw tiny footprints, slither lines, tracks and found us a chameleon, two snakes, a skink, and shovel headed lizard, in addition to a very inquisitive and hopeful little bird who followed our trucks. Our guides - it kills me I cannot remember their names - were top notch. I’ve been in countless tours, visited about 100 countries and territories, and this tour is one of the best!
Written April 21, 2019
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ashleerosetutt
Abidjan, Ivory Coast4 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Pre-trip: timely and thorough information about availability, prices and what to expect. I always ask lots of questions and correspondence by email was great. They also kept in touch about who else was booking since we were a party of 2 and there's a 4-person minimum for the night walk. We were willing to pay for 4 but they kept in touch so we knew what to expect. We also had to change days at the last minute due to a late departure/missed connection and they were super flexible about it with great customer service.

Night tour: Dayne was our guide and he was super friendly, informative and determined. We wanted to see all the things: snakes, scorpions, spiders, lizards and anything else. Unfortunately we couldn't find any snakes or scorpions that night, but that's not the company's fault. Safaris and walks are part skill in sighting the creatures and part luck. Dayne came with flashlights, UV lights and a metal instrument for nudging the poisonous creatures like Dancing White Lady spiders (which he did only a few times and very delicately).

Possible note for next time: let guests know to bring their own flashlights or headlamps. I didn't mind not having my own but it would've made my partner more comfortable, since it's quite dark and rocky so people stumble about.
Written December 27, 2017
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trustscholar
Potomac, MD41 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The eco dune tour was booked by the travel agent in Windhoek. First we were called at our hotel and told that the guide assigned to us would not be available and the alternative guide would not accept credit cards. My wife told the hotel receptionist that this would be a problem for us, but the tour company never responded. We did not know if they were going to show up, but they did.

We got into their van and they stopped to pick up four other passengers. These passengers spoke very loudly and I could not hear our guide. I asked them to speak more softly and they refused, They said that the guide was speaking English and they spoke only German s o they had to speak loudly. The guide said that there would be a second guide that we would pick up who would speak in English and he would switch to German, but the other passengers didn't seem to care. The guide said he could not ask them to speak in a lower voice so it was up to me if I wanted to continue. I told him that I could not hear him and he replied that there was nothing he could do. He put us in another van and the driver of that van took us back to our hotel.

I very much wanted to go on the tour but I could enjoy the trip if I could not hear the guide. I do not understand why the guide could not even ask the other party to speak in lower voices. It would have been simple--we were on a tour of Robben Island in Cape Town last week when the guide repeatedly asked passengers not to speak when he was talking and this made it much better for everyone. Why this guide could not do so is beyond me. I have never had a guide treat any passenger with such direspect.

The whole afternoon was a disaster. I would strongly urge anyone thinking of booking with them to think twice.
Written August 5, 2018
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Good day We have tried to make contact with both yourself and your agent in Windhoek with no response. However, here is some feedback from our side: Dayne, who was your guide for the day, arrived at your Hotel punctually and ended up waiting 15 minutes for you. This was quite the inconvenience to the other guests who had made their booking with us long in advance. Your booking was made with us one day prior. With August being a very busy time we were glad that we could accommodate your last minute booking request. While departing the town towards the starting point of the tour, Dayne engaged in some small talk with the other guests. Apologies if you felt left out, however as he assured you, the tour would start as a group once we arrived in the Desert and surely he was free to answer irrelevant questions. When Dayne picked you up, he advised you that Collin, the driver of the second vehicle, would be conducting the tour in English, you would simply be driving with Dayne who was conducting a German tour. They would be driving behind one another and doing the exact same tour. We thought we were doing you quite a big favor actually as we were able to offer you seats on a tour mid high season. However, before we even reached the Desert, you had been rather rude and acted quite unacceptably towards our guide and most importantly to our other paying guests. Anyone who knows Dayne, and we urge you to read some other reviews where guests are continuously raving about him, knows that Dayne is the happiest guy around, always smiling and always extremely eager and excited to share his knowledge. At no one point was he disrespectful and he insists that he was very diplomatic and probably a lot more patient than the average Joe throughout your rude remarks and demands. One can only ask guests politely to speak a bit softer, however all of this happened before the tour even started. We think it best that in the future you should book private tours as to not be inconvenienced by other paying guests. Sunny regards from Swakopmund, the Batis Birding Safaris team.
Written September 5, 2018
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lydias
Sydney, Australia307 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
I feel compelled to write this review as I have never in all my years of travel met such an enthusiastic, competent, Informative and patient guide as Dayne. His passion for the area and its surrounds is obvious. An added bonus is that Dayne is an exceptionally talented photographer who patiently guided my husband in his photographic endeavours. We loved every moment of what we did, the many different scenes that we saw and the places we visited on our tour. Highly, highly recommended.
Written April 20, 2015
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dc3chuter
Washington DC, DC29 contributions
Nov 2021
Loved this 4-hour tour. Buzz was energetic, entertaining and knowledgeable. He met us at the hotel and took us out to the dunes outside of Swakopmund. He spotted all sorts of animals that we never would have seen and had a wealth of knowledge about them. We had a great time and will look to hire the company for a longer tour the next time we're in Namibia. We're considering a week or more and will definitely call Batis.
Written December 8, 2021
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Conni
2 contributions
Mar 2020
We did the tour recently with our guide Buzz. That was a great experience in the sand dunes!!! We got lots of information from Buzz and he found all those little creatures sometimes deep in the sand: chameleon, lezard, gecko, snakes and scorpion. Learned a lot of interesting things about these little animals. Thank you, Buzz, and we highly recommend the tour.
Written March 24, 2020
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MartineNL
Dordrecht, The Netherlands100 contributions
This trip was one for my husband’s bucket list and we were not disappointed Dan is a great spotter guide and host
My husband had a great time and loved every minute of it Definitely worth doing when in Swakopmund
Written August 8, 2018
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Dear Martine Thank you for the lovely review and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Until next time! The Batis Birding Safaris team
Written August 15, 2018
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Chrisinkingwood2
Houston, TX5,671 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
I did this tour and I was very pleased with the professional way the guides presented themselves and the vast amount of knowledge I gained from their expertise.
Written April 25, 2018
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Justin W
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
A visit to this section of desert outside of Swakopmund was on the bucket list and I am so grateful I landed with guide Colin, a small friendly group of British visitors and this outfit. I learned a lot, saw many animals and appreciated how conservation- minded the tour remained. A stunning way to see the dunes, find small 5 creatures and develop nascent tracking skills yourself!
Written February 18, 2018
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