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cape vulture

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Cape vultures (Gyps coprotheres) typically inhabit a wide range of areas that are linked to communal grazing such as farms or national parks. Groups of 100 are common with smaller flocks roosting on trees and power lines/pylons as well gathering on cliffs. Will only fly at night during a full moon.

Distribution: Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau and areas of central Namibia.

Diet: Arrives at a carcass in large numbers, dominating other species except for the lappet-faced vultures. Uses bill and tongue to slice off flesh before swallowing quickly.

Description: Large vulture with brown plumage and paler underparts. Tail blackish brown. Has long powerful bill, distinctive hooked tip with sharp cutting edges. Sharp serrations on the stiff and channelled tongue allow for rapid feeding. The blunt claws on strong legs allow the feet to adapt for walking not grasping of prey. Coprotheres is a combination of 2 Greek words, kopros 'dung or faeces' and theres 'hunting'.

Breeding: Only 1 egg is laid between May and June on a platform-type nest built of twigs, sticks and dried grass. Incubation period is around 55 days.

Size: 1.2m Weight: 9kg. Wingspan: 2.5m.

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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