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martial eagle

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Martial eagles (Polemaetus bellicosus) soar impressively over flat country with characteristic open woodland, shrubland or farmland. They are rare in mountainous regions. Pylons, poles and tall trees are favoured night-time roosting locations.

Distribution: Throughout Namibia including Etosha National Park, Caprivi, Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon and Kalahari Desert.

Diet: Hunts on the wing or perches undercover at waterholes to attack larger birds coming to drink. Prey includes mammals, birds, reptiles such as hares, rabbits, warthog, Chacma baboon, Black-backed jackals, bat-eared fox, rabbits, ground squirrel, pangolin, aardwolf, fruit-bats, hornbills, rock monitor, Egyptian cobra, terrapins and tortoises.

Description: Africa's largest eagle with characteristic long, broad wings, shortish tail, strong bill, long legs and toes adapted to catch fast-moving prey in open habitats up to the size of a small antelope. Polemaetus is Greek for 'war-like eagle' and bellicosus is Latin also for 'war-like'.

Breeding: Only 1 egg is laid in large stick nest between April and August and incubated for around 50 days.

Size: 80cm. Weight: 3.3kg. Wingspan: 2.4m.

Bullsport Guest Farm

The settlement of Bullsport is marked on nearly every map, however it consists of little more than this friendly guest farm. The owners are welcoming and eager to share their Namibian experiences. Great for hiking and horse riding.

Capricorn Rest Camp

A small, budget friendly, owner operated rest camp, with individual bungalows & campsites. Great for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

Naukluft Camp - Kudus Rus

Located in the mountainous Naukluft section of the Namib Naukluft Park, this is an ideal base for hikers or those wanting to relax at the crystal clear rock pools that amazingly exist in the desert environment

Neuras Wine Estate

One of the finest desert wine estates in the world can be found on the edge of the Namib Desert. The estate offers accommodation & wine tasting tours

Tsauchab River Camp

A small lodge on the banks of the Tsauchab River - an excellent place for walking and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Visitors are welcomed by an amazing arrary of metal sculptures

Zebra River Lodge

Another excellent place for hiking, in the Tsaris Mountains. If you want a genuinely warm welcome at a special lodge then this is an excellent choice. Zebra River can be used as a base for visits to the dunes at Sossusvlei, but is best used to relax and walk on the massive lodge property

Sossusvlei Hotels