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great white pelican

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) abound in Namibia's shallow lakes, floodplains, dams and estuaries, as well as sheltered coastal bays and lagoons. Flocks of several thousand are common.

Distribution Breeds at Bird Rock Platform near Walvis Bay, Etosha Pan and Hardap Dam. Also found in the Caprivi, Kaudom Game Park and Tsumkwe, Kunene River Mouth, lower Orange River and Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Either sleeps or forages throughout the day. Traps fish in large, gular pouch. Forages whilst swimming, as well as scavenges and kills animals ashore, often pinching the catch of Namibian anglers. Also takes barbs and freshwater shrimp.

Description White body with short crest at the back of the head. Swollen, knob-like forehead. Can be confused with the smaller pink-backed pelican which has pale greyish (not whitish) plumage.

Breeding: Usually 2 eggs are laid from June to mid August in a scrape in the ground and lined with grass, feathers, sticks and reeds. Both sexes incubate for up to 45 days.

Size: 175cm. Weight: 10kg. Wingspan: 3.6kg.

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area

Kunene River Lodge

n great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges

Mopane Camp

A campsite near the village of Opuwo

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community

Self Catering Namibia