Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Little swifts (Apus affinis) inhabit built up areas and around gorges, cliffs and rocky crags. They can be observed in groups of up to 200, often with other species of swifts.
Distribution: Throughout Namibia but absent from southern Namib Desert. Etosha National Park, Epupa Falls, Fish River Canyon, Orange River, Kalahari Desert, Damaraland and northern Namib Desert coastal regions.
Diet: Forages over water, grassland and shrubland for damselflies, dragonflies, flies, beetles, mosquitos, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths and spiders. Drinks water by skimming the water surface, wings held high.
Description:Affinis is Latin for neighbouring, referring to their habit of breeding on eaves of buildings, water towers and grain silos, all features associated with being close man.
Breeding: Between 1 and 3 eggs are laid between August and April at 1 to 3 day intervals with an incubation period of 22 days. Nests are an untidy closed bowl made from grass and feathers and lined with feathers.
Size: 13cm. Weight: 25g.
6 Days - A short tour including game viewing in the Etosha Park, a short visit to the sea-side town of Swakopmund and the massive dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Windhoek-Windhoek
5 Days - A visit to Etosha and a private game park in central Namibia. Windhoek-Windhoek
4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund
4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund
3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Windhoek
3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek
3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.