Birds of Namibia
Introduction: The helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) is named after a mythical Greek hero called Meleager. Their preferred habitat range is wide and includes open-country terrain from sub-desert to forest fringes, bases of mountains and in savannah maize and wheat growing regions. Other natural habitats include along rivers and around wetlands and will venture into parks and gardens as well as agricultural areas. Predators include most eagles.
Distribution: Widespread and abundant throughout the country (less for most southern areas including Namib Desert). Especially common from Windhoek extending north to Etosha, Kalahari Desert, Rundu and the Caprivi extending east to Victoria Falls and into Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi National Park.
Diet: Grasshoppers, termites and other insects during the breeding season. At other times they are mostly vegetarian and feed on underground bulbs and stems of plants, grass and other abundant seeds.
Description: Helmeted guineafowls have characteristic heads, topped with a distinctive bony ridge. They have short wings and rounded spurless legs. The loud, cackling voice is a real give away to their presence and the noise is aggravated when food is in abundance and they form in large flocks.
Breeding: Around 2 to 4 eggs are laid in a scraped ground nest, in tall grass and lined with feathers and grass stems to aid in the incubation process.
Size: 53 to 58cm. Weight: 1.38kg.
10 days - Travel in a combination of light aircraft & specially adapted safari vehicles to some of the most remote areas on the planet. This specialized safari gives travellers a unique insight into the desert areas of Namibia
10 days - small groups and knowledgeable guides define this exclusive safari. Accommodation is on several private concession areas and camps and highlights include Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland and the Etosha National Park
10 Days - Stay in good quality lodges while vising the highlights of central & northern Namibia, including the dunes at Sossusvlei, Damaraland & the Etosha National Park.
9 days - As the name suggests this mid-market tour visits three of the most popular destinations in Namibia
9 days - Along with visits to Swakopmund & Etosha this safari also spends a night at the wonderful Frans Indongo Lodge near Waterberg
7 Days - Departing from Vic Falls this trip travels through the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and down to Windhoek.
7 Days - Visits Swakopmund, Damaraland, a Himba Village & the Etosha National Park. From Windhoek - Windhoek
7 Days - manages to visit two of the most popular destinations in Namibia: Etosha & Sossusvlei. Departs and returns to Windhoek.
7 Days - Visits the highlights of the southern section of the country: the Fish River Canyon, Luderitz and the dunes at Sossusvlei. Windhoek - Windhoek
7 Days - The Kalahari Desert, Fish River Canyon & Sossusvlei in a week. Departs & returns to Windhoek