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Black-necked grebe

Birds of Namibia

  Introduction: Black-necked grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) inhabit large pans and inland ephemeral water bodies, both locations that fill up quickly after heavy rainfall. Sheltered bays are also favoured where they can be seen in small groups, roosting on the water at night.

Distribution Winter along the Namibian coastline from the Orange River, to Sandwich Harbour, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, the Skeleton Coast as far north as the Kunene River Mouth. Also observed in Etosha National Park, Kaudom Game Park and central and southern ranges of the country.

Diet: Dives for mainly small fish, aquatic insects, crustaceans and molluscs.

Description Nigricollis is Latin for 'black neck'. Often confused with the little grebe which is much darker below.

Breeding: Nests are built on anchored underwater vegetation, on open water with additional material added during incubation. Females lay between 1 and 7 yellowish, white eggs, incubated for around 20 days, often falling prey to gulls.

Size: 26cm. Weight: 300g.

Black Thorn Self Drive

3 Days - A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

Welwitschia Self Drive

3 Days - Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise

Moringa Self Drive

4 Days - A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park

Acacia Self Drive

8 Days - Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei

Marula Self Dive

9 Days - Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self catering accommodation.

Camelthorn Self Drive

10 Days - The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Jackalberry Self Drive

10 Days - A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

Quiver tree Self Drive

14 Days - Two weeks worth of travel allow you to visit everything that is included in the Camelthorn Self Drive and add the vast expanses of southern Namibia. Additional stops include Luderitz, the Fish River Canyon and a night in the Kalahari Desert

Makalani Self Drive

20 Days - This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.

Baobab Self Drive

20 Days - A circular route that includes Sossusvlei, the highlights of Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region and Chobe, Vic Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Self Catering Namibia