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Caspian tern

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Caspian terns (Sterna caspia) are found mostly on the coast in bays and estuaries but also inland at large water bodies such as lakes and pans.

Distribution: Most Namibian coastal areas including Luderitz, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast and the Kunene River estuary. Observed at Hardap Dam, Etosha National Park and the Caprivi.

Diet: Forages in clean, shallow water for fish, swallowed head first.

Description: Often confused with the smaller Royal tern.

Breeding: Both male and female make a nest of a shallow scrape in sand or gravel, pebbles or soil and lined with vegetation between December and March. Usually 2 eggs are laid, incubated for a period of around 22 days. Domestic dogs and Black-backed jackals are the main egg predators.

Size: 50cm. Weight: 690g. Wingspan: 140cm.

Oryx Self Drive

3 Days - A self drive trip to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Dolphin Self Drive

3 Days - Two nights in the coastal town of Swakopmund, this is the ideal get-away for those living or working in Windhoek. Includes a catamaran cruise on the Walvis Lagoon

Elephant Self Drive

4 Days - Elephants, rhino, zebra & giraffe are just some of the animals you can expect to see while you are in Etosha

Springbuck Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei are the highlights of this trip

Warthog Self Drive

8 Days - Etosha, Erongo Mountains and Sossusvlei

Rhino Self Drive

10 Days - Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei

Puku Self Drive

10 Days - Botswana & Namibia combination self drive - includes Etosha Park and a mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta

Porcupine Self Drive

12 Days - Okonjima Bush Camp, Etosha, Damaraland, Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund & Sossusvlei

Meerkat Self Drive

14 Days - Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus & Kalahari Desert

Leopard Self Drive

20 Days - Visits all the best Namibia has to offer including Okonjima, Etosha, Damaraland, elephant tracking, the Erongo Mountains, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Klein Aus Vista, Fish River Canyon & Kalahari Deserts

Lechwe Self Drive

21 Days - Visits the highlights of Central and Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region (formerly Caprivi), Vic Falls & the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Honey Badger Self Drive

24 Days - As you would expect from our longest self drive safari, it visits most of Namibia including Owamboland & Kaokoland - two areas which seldom appear on trips through the country

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