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Banded martin

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Banded martins (Riparia cincta) inhabit dry grasslands, shrubland and pastures as well as marshes. They perch singly or in pairs on fences, flat grounds, telegraph poles and twigs on top of bushes.

Distribution: Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Caprivi Strip. Absent from southern and western Namibia.

Diet: Eats insects by foraging slowly over grass where antelope, cattle and zebra graze.

Description: Dark greyish brown upper parts, wings, rump and tail. Paler back than the upper wings. Underwing coverts white, chin and throat silky white. Horizontal brown breast band on upper breast. Cincta means 'banded' or 'girdled'.

Breeding: Females lay 2 to 4 eggs in a burrow excavated in a sand bank.

Size: 17cm. Weight: 26g.

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

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