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great crested grebe

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) inhabit inland lakes, pans and dams but mostly bodies of permanent deep water. Occasionally they frequent salt pans, rarely the sea. Roosts and rests on the water during daylight hours.

Distribution Etosha National Park, Kunene River Mouth, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Caprivi.

Diet: Forages whilst swimming, diving for food or from the surface. Eats mostly small fish, aquatic insects, tadpoles and crustaceans.

Description Cristatus is Latin for 'crested' a reference to curved ear tippets and black crown. Males are slightly larger than females and have a more brightly coloured plumage.

Breeding: A female lays between 2 and 7 eggs on a reed platform. The incubation period is up to 30 days.

Size: 50cm. Weight: 600g.

Fish River Horse Riding

6 Days - A horse riding trail along the famous Fish River Canyon

Desert Horse Ride

6 Days - Riding through the beautiful environment of the Namib Desert around Aus. Includes a visiting the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

Horse Riding | Windhoek

A wide variety of horse riding options including: Champagne Breakfast Rides, Sundowner Rides, Rides by the hour & even multiple day outings

Lodges offering riding

Bullsport Guest Farm - Naukluft Riding Experience

Bullsport is one of the premier lodges for both hiking and riding in Namibia. Both take place in the rugged, and scenic Naukluft Mountains. A variety of rides, from a few hours to several days, and expert supervision means the rides here are suitable for everyone from novice to experienced riders.

Desert Homestead Horse Trails

 Offers a wide range of guided riding within the Naukluft Mountains. With sunrise or sunset rides of one to two hours, or horse-trails for up to five nights, it is suitable for all experience levels.

Etusis Lodge - riding courses

Offers horse riding courses for beginners or experienced riders who want to brush up on their skills as well as day rides on the property

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

A two hour guided horse back safari leads along a dry river with the opportunity to view game species sheltering or feeding in the bush

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Riding lessons, short out-rides and longer trails are all on offer here

Self Catering Namibia