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eurasian curlew

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Eurasian curlews (Numenius arquata) gather on coastal wetlands, roosting on salt-marshes, sand dunes and rocks. Usually solitary birds they do congregate in small flocks with other shorebirds.

Distribution: Mainly at Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay although there are some of these curlews at inland wetlands such as Etosha National Park.

Diet: Pecks and jabs at prey near the surface of the water. Eats shellfish, mudprawns, small crabs, shrimps and worms.

Description: Medium-sized wader with long legs and strong hind toes. Features include a curved beak (arquata). Often confused with the smaller common whimbrel because of their similar bubbling territorial calls.

Breeding: Eurasian curlews breed out of Namibia.

Size: 60cm. Weight: 800g. Wingspan: 100cm.

Ballooning in Swakopmund

A hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert

Bird Watching Day Trips

Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert

Cape Cross Tour

A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross

Cape Cross & Messum Crater Tour

Visits the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater which is best known for it's desert adapted plants such as the Welwitschia Mirabilis


Everything from sharks to pilchards

Living Desert Tour

A half day tour into the Namib Desert

Namib Desert Day Trip

A day trip from Swakopmund into the Namib Desert

Namib Desert Night Walks

Explore the Namib Desert at night on foot - a great way to learn about the nocturnal creatures which inhabit this part of Namibia.

Quad Biking

2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary...


Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary.

Sandwich Harbour Tour

A day trip from Swakopmund down the Skeleton Coast to Sandwich Harbour


Leave the safety of the aircraft and join a tandem skydive. No experience required!

Spitzkoppe Day Tour

Full day tour to the Spitzkoppe Mountains - you will meet the Damara people and be introduced to the Bushman rock art of the area.

Swakopmund Sightseeing

This tour is an exploration into the past, present & future of the town of Swakopmund

Namibia Tours