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Brown snake-eagle

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Numbers of the brown snake-eagle (Circaetus cinereus) peak in summer in northern Namibia, possibly due to the seasonal movement to Zimbabwe. They are usually solitary birds, often seen perching on the top of a tall tree in pairs, close together. Brown snake-eagles inhabit a wide range of woodlands including mopane and Kalahari thornveld.

Distribution: Wooded areas of north and central Namibia, Etosha National Park, Caprivi

Diet: Eats mainly snakes such as mambas, cobras, boomslang, although not immune to venom. Also takes monitor lizards, chameleons, rats and game birds. Kills prey by dropping onto their backs to smash their spine with a set of small, powerful feet before crushing the head of the snake, swallowing it head first. Can be fought off by larger snakes such as mole snake or African rock python.

Description: Cinerus is Latin for ash grey, a reference to their overall brown head, body and feather colour.

Breeding: A small platform is built using 'pencil-thin' sticks, lined with leaves. Only 1 egg is laid between October and November with an incubation period of around 50 days.

Size: 75cm. Weight: 2kg. Wingspan: 1.75m.

Dornhugel Guest Farm

Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia

Fiume Lodge

Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Gabus Game Ranch

Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders

Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm

Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves are an excellent opportunity to get dirty while exploring a fascinating cave system - the lodge provides a guide and necessary equipment

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge

Khorab Safari Lodge

A convenient stop close to Otavi

Kupferquelle Resort

Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and Olympic sized pool in Tsumeb

Makalani Hotel

Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.

Minen Hotel

A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.


Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide

Ohange Lodge

10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi

Paradise Rest camp

a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region

Peace Garden Lodge

Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein

Roy's Camp

An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation

!Uris Safari Lodge

Situated 20km west of Tsumeb

Zum Potjie

Between Otavi and Tsumeb.

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