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african sacred ibis

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: In Namibia, the African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) are found in grasslands, open habitats, farm dams, sewage dams and inland freshwater wetlands.

Distribution Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Kaudom Game Park, Tsumkwe and Hardap Dam.

Diet: Pecks slowly when walking for insects, frogs, crabs, grasshoppers and locusts, crickets, fish, frogs, lizards, small mammals, eggs and nestlings, worms and molluscs.

Description Large ibis with bare black head and neck, mainly white plumage and a black tail. Threskiornis is Greek for 'a religious bird'.

Breeding: Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid from October to December in a nest built of sticks and branches lined with leaves and grass.

Size: 90cm. Weight: 1.25kg.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

Self Catering Namibia