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purple heron

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Purple herons (Ardea purpurea) are known to be a secretive and retiring species especially around dense, emerging vegetation that fringe shallow wetlands and mangroves. Roosting is communally in reedbeds and they are seldom away from cover, making observations more difficult.

Distribution Scattered range from the Orange River to central Namibia, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park, Kunene River Mouth, Caprivi, Chobe/Zambezi River, Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Hunts in reedbeds and shallow vegetation at dawn and dusk for fish, insects, amphibians, crustaceans, reptiles, insects, birds and small mammals.

Description The purple heron is a large, dark, richly coloured heron with a long, slender neck. It is often confused with the much larger Goliath heron. Purpurea is Latin for 'purple'.

Breeding: A nest consisting of a platform of reeds or dense collection of short-growing stems is the site for females to lay 2 to 5 eggs between September to October, incubated for around 26 days.

Size: 90cm. Weight: Up to 1.2kg.

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

Self Catering Namibia