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Birds of Namibia

The Order Apodiformes are typical swifts. There is just the 1 family in the Order, Family Apodidae.


This family are specialized aerial insectivores with a plumage of mainly brown or black, usually with a blue or greenish gloss. Other features include stocky bodies and large heads and eyes; shortened wing elements except for long primaries; short and square tails; short legs; small but strong feet with sharp claws.

Typical swifts only perch on vertical surfaces. They are generally gregarious and vocal in nature. Nests are made of plant material and feathers, glued together with saliva. Females lay between 1 and 7 white, elongated eggs. There are 9 species of this family found in Namibia. They are:

Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Namibia Safaris