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barn swallow

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) can be found in all Namibian habitats including open grassland, pastures but generally uncommon at high altitude and scarce in semi-arid and desert habitats. They are a highly gregarious species, perching on grass stems, telephone lines,fences and trees.

Distribution: Throughout Namibia especially Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Etosha National Park, Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon and the Kalahari Desert.

Diet: Eats mainly ants, beetles and flies, spiders, midges and bugs.

Description: Large swallow with white spots on the inner webs of the out retrices. Glossy blue plumage above, white below. Hirundo is Latin for 'a swallow'.

Breeding: Extralimital.

Size: 20cm. Weight: 18g.

Bullsport Guest Farm

The settlement of Bullsport is marked on nearly every map, however it consists of little more than this friendly guest farm. The owners are welcoming and eager to share their Namibian experiences. Great for hiking and horse riding.

Capricorn Rest Camp

A small, budget friendly, owner operated rest camp, with individual bungalows & campsites. Great for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

Naukluft Camp - Kudus Rus

Located in the mountainous Naukluft section of the Namib Naukluft Park, this is an ideal base for hikers or those wanting to relax at the crystal clear rock pools that amazingly exist in the desert environment

Neuras Wine Estate

One of the finest desert wine estates in the world can be found on the edge of the Namib Desert. The estate offers accommodation & wine tasting tours

Tsauchab River Camp

A small lodge on the banks of the Tsauchab River - an excellent place for walking and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Visitors are welcomed by an amazing arrary of metal sculptures

Zebra River Lodge

Another excellent place for hiking, in the Tsaris Mountains. If you want a genuinely warm welcome at a special lodge then this is an excellent choice. Zebra River can be used as a base for visits to the dunes at Sossusvlei, but is best used to relax and walk on the massive lodge property

Namibia Tours