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jackal buzzard

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Jackal buzzards (Buteo rufofuscus) inhabit hilly and mountainous regions associated with grassland, semi-desert and open woodland. They are most comfortable singly or in pairs as opposed to small groups and often perch on prominent poles and rocks.

Distribution: Southern Namib Desert, Windhoek, Fish River Canyon.

Diet: Hunts in flight or from favoured perch for roadkills and carcasses. Eats mainly mammals, birds and reptiles such as golden moles, greater cane rat, hares, yellow mongoose and young rock hyrax. Avian prey includes francolins, pigeons, doves, marsh owl and black-shouldered kite. Reptiles include lizards, chameleons and snakes. Also eats frogs, grasshoppers, beetles, large spider and caterpillars.

Description: Rufofuscus is Latin for 'dark or dusky red' referring to the tail colourings.

Breeding: Nests are a branch cup lined with leaves, grass and lichen. Females lay usually 2 eggs between June and October incubated for 40 days.

Size: 50cm. Weight: 1kg. Wingspan: 1.3m.

Dabis Guest Farm

A working farm in southern Namibia. Offers an insight into sheep farming is this arid region

Duwisib Castle

The completely off his rocker 'Baron' von Wolf built this castle in the middle of nowhere. Rumours abound about this gun toting, cross dressing loon! Accommodation is available within the castle and a well shaded campsite is also on offer

Duwisib Guest Farm

This lovely guest farm offers self catering accommodation on a property adjacent to the Duwisib Castle

Helmeringhausen Hotel

The settlement of Helmeringhausen consists of little more than this hotel and a petrol station. The area is a popular stop-off between the dunes at Sossusvlei and southern Namibia

Kanaan Desert Retreat

On the scenic D707 road and bordering on the Namib Naukluft park, lies this spectacular property. Accommodation is offered in a small tented camp or en-suite rooms at the old farmhouse

Namseb Lodge

Formerly an Ostrich farm the lodge property is now largely dedicated to Namibian wildlife. The lodge itself offers standard bed & breakfast rooms as well as self catering chalets

Namtib Guest Farm

Situated in the Tiras mountains, an owner run guest farm that offers a warm welcome and even better scenery

Sossusvlei Hotels