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blue waxbill

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Blue waxbills (Uraeginthus angolensis) favour semi-arid savannah, especially with umbrella thorn. They are also attracted to gardens and settlements of human populations, in pairs when breeding, otherwise in flocks of up to 40.

Distribution: Found in central and northern Namibia particularly along the Kunene River region, Epupa Falls, Ruacana extending to Rundu and the Kavango River region, ranging eastwards through the entire Caprivi Strip to Victoria Falls. Also in Etosha National Park, Tsumkwe and Kaudom Game Park. Abundant in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Forages in the early morning and late afternoon for seeds and insects, and also takes termites and fallen fruits.

Description: A small waxbill with a powder-blue face, (long) tail and underparts. Uraeginthus is Greek for 'tail like a finch'.

Breeding: Nests are often near active wasps' or disused weaver nests. Both sexes build a thick-walled oval ball made of dry grass and lined with guineafowl, crested francolin or egret feathers.

Size: 13cm. Weight: 10g.

African Odyssey

23 Days - Visits everything between the Fish River Canyon (in the south) to the Zambezi Region (in the north) and still has time to head via the Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls. Ideal for the first time visitor wanting to pack as much into their trip as possible

Combination Safari

19 Days - a good choice for those wishing to experience the best parts of Namibia & Botswana. For good measure a visit to the Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls is also include. Departs from Windhoek & ends either at Vic Falls or back in Windhoek

Itenga Wildlife Mobile Safari

15 Days - Our 'mobile safaris' offer a slightly more comfortable camping experience than the other itineraries on these pages. Alternating departures run between Windhoek & Victoria Falls visiting Chobe National Park, Etosha Park, a himba village, the coastal town of Swakopmund and the Sossusvlei sand dunes.

Namibian Experience Safari

14 Days - When we first designed a Namibian trip this was the itinerary, it still works brilliantly and is our most popular safari. Runs from Windhoek to Windhoek and includes all the major tourist attractions

Essence of Namibia Mobile Safari

12 Days - This mobile safari takes in the most popular attractions. Including the Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland (and a visit to a Himba settlement) the Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei

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