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ludwig's bustard

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Ludwig's bustard (Neotis ludwigii) is named after the German botanist, businessman, pharmacist and zoo-keeper Baron Carl von Ludwig (1784-1847), who resided in Cape Town from 1805-1847. They prefer an arid woodland habitat in Namibia, found singly or in pairs.

Distribution: Namib Naukluft Park, Skeleton Coast National Park, Etosha National Park with the range extending south through to Windhoek and down to the Fish River Canyon and the Orange River.

Diet: Forages by slowly walking and pecking for grasshoppers, beetles, locusts, caterpillars, ants, spiders, centipedes, scorpions, reptiles and rodents. Also eats berries, seeds and leaves.

Description: Large bustards with rufous hind necks but no crest. Neotis is Latin for 'new bustard'. These bustards inflate their necks and upper chest in spectacular 'balloon' displays whilst also erecting their white feathers.

Breeding: Females lay between 1 and 3 eggs between February and May.

Size: 95cm. Weight: 3kg. Wingspan: 1.8m. Males are much larger than females.

The Cababnas | Camp Provenance

Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures

Goibib Mountain Lodge

An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm

Norotshama Lodge

Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post

Orange River Lodge

The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia

Sandfontein Lodge

A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment

The White House

Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.

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