Birds of Namibia
Introduction: It would be well worth the effort to check out the hunting habits of the African skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) by day or by moonlight when on the northern leg of your Namibian safari. Their unique bill structure and foraging behaviour whilst skimming for food and water is a truly memorable experience for photographer and bird watcher alike. Skimmers favour large lowland rivers and lakes with islands and sandbars used for roosting and breeding sites.
Diet: Forages by night and hunts by day when feeding chicks. Their unique pupil structure allows them to enjoy high light gain under the darker night time light which allows them to forage in murky water. They catch fish, such as tilapia and barbs, sideways in their bill. Drinks while standing in shallow water.
Description: Black plumage above and white below. Flavirostris is a Latin reference for a 'yellow bill'.
Breeding: Eggs are laid in a steep-sided scrape in the ground incubated by both sexes for 21 days.
Size: 40cm. Weight: 205g.
3 Days - A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei
3 Days - Two nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, this is the ideal get-away for those living or working in Windhoek. Includes a catamaran cruise on the Walvis Lagoon
4 Days - Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha
8 Days - Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip
8 Days - Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei
10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei
10 Days - Botswana & Namibia combination self drive - includes Etosha Park and a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta
12 Days - Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei
14 Days - Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert
20 Days - Visits all the best Namibia has to offer including Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, elephant tracking, the Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus Vista, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Deserts
21 Days - Visits the highlights of Central and Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region (formerly Caprivi), Vic Falls & the Okavango Delta in Botswana
24 Days - As you would expect from our longest self drive safari, it visits most of Namibia including Owamboland & Kaokoland - two areas which seldom appear on trips through the country