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african crake

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African crakes (Crecopsis egregia) prefer lowland dry grassland and seasonally flooded grassland. Crop fields growing rice, cotton and maize are also suitable. They are particularly active at dawn and dusk, moving quickly along the ground and in short grass. Roosts at the base of a tuft of grass or even inside it.

Distribution: Scattered range in the north-eastern regions including Etosha National Park, Rundu, the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and is vagrant to the Namib Desert and Skeleton Coast after prolonged easterly winds.

Diet: Earthworms, termites, ants, bugs, small frogs and fish and grasshoppers. Also eats grass leaves and green shoots.

Description: A medium-sized rail with a longer bill and more rounded wings than most other rails. The Latin word egregia means 'without flocking' referring to their solitary habits. Crecopsis refers to their similarity to the corn crake.

Breeding: Between 2 and 8 eggs are laid in a saucer-shaped pad built of dry grass between October and March. Newly hatched chicks are often eaten by boomslang.

Size: 23cm. Weight: 120g.

Etendeka Mountain Camp

This remote lodge is a truly unique destination. Stunning scenery, award winning conservation and highly personal service are just some of the reasons that just about everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations

Grootberg Lodge

An extremely popular and well managed lodge which is owned by the local community, Grootberg has stunning views and interesting activities including Rhino tracking & Damara village visits

Hobatere Lodge

On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area

Huab Lodge

A small private lodge, with attentive management. Activities centre on the Huab river which attracts game and a wonderful variety of birdlife. This is the perfect destination to relax for a few days and enjoy the tranquility of the bush.

Melissa's Guest House

In the dusty village of Kamanjab, many guests stay here in order to visit the nearby Himba village

Oppi Koppi Restcamp

Just outside the town of Kamanjab lies this small restcamp

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population. The lodge offers superb photographic opportunities at scheduled cheetah feedings, and also offers guided game drives to view wild cheetah.

Palmwag Lodge

This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station, is marked on every Namibian map. An excellent location to explore the remote conservancies of north western Namibia - and perhaps encounter some of the rare rhino or desert adapted elephant which the area is famous for

Palmwag Desert Rhino Camp

A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.

Rustig Toko Lodge

On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.

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