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.
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.
Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia
Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)
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
Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders
Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves nearby are well worth a visit
Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge
A convenient stop close to Otavi
Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and olympic sized pool in Tsumeb
Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular 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
10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi
a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region
Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein
An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation
Situated 20km west of Tsumeb
Between Otavi and Tsumeb.