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Kurrichane buttonquail

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The Kurrichane buttonquails (Turnix sylvaticus) are so called because of the woods and trees in a savannah habitat they can be found. (sylvaticus is the Latin word for woods and trees). They can also be observed in areas of scrub, palm scrub and thickets.

Distribution: Etosha National Park, Caprivi and scattered populations throughout central and northern Namibia.

Diet: Insects such as ants, small seeds are foraged in short grass and roadsides.

Description: Walks slowly on tiptoe accompanied by jerky steps. Pairs roost together.

Breeding: Not surprisingly for such a small bird, females lay between 2 and 4 eggs between January and July, peaking in February. The incubation period is only 12 to 15 days. Young quails are able to fly after 12 days.

Size: 14 to 16cm. Weight: 35g.

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

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