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Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Brubrus (Nilaus afer) can be observed in a number of habitats including arid savannah, tall acacia savannah and tall mopane. They are regarded as a shy and unobtrusive bird that spends most of its time foraging in the tree canopy, moving quickly from tree to tree.

Distribution: Widespread in most of Namibia less for southern Namib Desert. Common in Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Epupa Falls, Rundu, Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Kalahari Desert and Orange River.

Diet: Forages in insect-rich flowering trees. Prey often gleaned from twigs and leaves, hanging tit-like to probe leaves. Eats mainly spiders and other insects.

Description: Small tree-liver with a short tail and long, soft and fluffy tail feathers. Characteristic high-pitched voice, a fast trill, which is attributed to their pair bonding. Pair members duet in song. Nilaus is an anagram of Lanius, the genus of true shrikes. Resembles the smaller batises who have yellow or orange (not dark) eyes. The black-backed puffback is larger with whiter underparts.

Breeding: Both male and female build a shallow cup made of plant material bound together with spider web. Females usually lay 2 eggs year-round depending on the rainfall.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 24g.

Africa Safari Lodge

only 25 kilometers west of Mariental this lodge promises an interesting safari experience. With over 19 game species including white rhino on the property, those seeking wildlife in this arid area are unlikely to be disappointed

Anandi Mariental Guesthouse

10 bedroom guest house near the main B1 road in Mariental

Auob Lodge

Large; budget friendly lodge.

Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge

Excellent lodge in the Kalahari Desert, offers accommodation in units made of straw bales or wood. Bagatelle proves to be consistently popular with guests

Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Center

Interested in gliding? Then this is the lodge for you

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

On the private Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.

Hardap Dam Resort

Recently upgraded, the resort is reasonably close to the main highway and offers an alternative overnight stop for those traveling between South Africa and southern Namibia towards Windhoek and other central areas of the country

Kalahari Anib Lodge

Tends to cater for larger groups, but the low rates make it attractive for those looking to save some money.

Indigo Self Catering

Small self catering establishment in the pretty Kalahari town of Stampriet

Kalahari Farmhouse

A small well run lodge near the scenic village of Stampriet

Kalahari Game Lodge

Close to the Mata Mata border, the lodge is situated on a large well stocked game park. This is an excellent place to view Kalahari black maned lions

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

A 12 room lodge situated in a nature reserve and set amongst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert

Lapa Lange Game Lodge

Only a few kilometers from Mariental this magnificent game lodge is a green oasis in the Kalahari Desert. A wildlife breeding program means several rare buck species can be found on the lodge's game farm

Stampriet Historical Guest House

A wonderful owner managed guest house in the village of Stampriet. An eclectic mix of local antiques & warm hospitality enhance your stay

Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal which inhabits the Kalahari - we do not know why this lodge is named after them. Perhaps if you stay here and find out you can tell us and then we can make this slightly more descriptive

Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge

A tented lodge, built on the small red dunes of the Kalahari Desert.

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

The third lodge on the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve (along with Suricate & Camethorn Lodges). The Kalahari is absolutely magnificent and really should be a part of any visit to Namibia.

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