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blue crane

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Blue cranes (Anthropoides paradiseus) inhabit the grassland and scrubland that fringe Etosha National Park Pan, usually in large flocks, with up 750 birds being recorded. They roost at night in shallow water such as pans and dams, where they are highly vocal.

Distribution: Isolated in Namibia to Etosha National Park.

Diet: Pecks and digs with bill for small bulbs, grass seeds, roots, caterpillars, grasshoppers and locusts and their eggs, termites, worms, crabs, fish, reptiles, small mammals and frogs.

Description: Medium-sized crane with characteristic ornamental head plumes and a loud, trumpeting voice. Paradiscus is the Latin equivalent of 'paradise' as these birds were once believed to be angels. Anthropoides is a Latin word derived from Greek, meaning 'man-like'. Often confused with the wattled crane.

Breeding: Nests consist of a pad of vegetation on wet ground and a layer of small stones on dry ground. Females lay 1 or 2 eggs between December and March.

Size: 1.2m. Weight: 5kg. Males are larger than females.

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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