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Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax) are common waders found in a number of habitats including shallow pools and ditches, muddy estuaries, ephemeral pans, dams, sewage works and vleis. Found in small groups and flocks, roosting in their thousands at night is not uncommon, usually in shallow water or on wet mud with other sandpipers. They are rarely observed on open coastal locations.

Distribution: Widespread in Namibia but absent from dry, mountainous and well-wooded areas. Found in Etosha National Park, coastal Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and southern Namib Desert coastal locations.

Diet: Wades in shallow water to catch insects and forages in deep mud shrimps and aquatic insects. Eats grasshoppers, crickets, earwigs, spiders, crabs, small frogs, fish, plant material and will drink water.

Description: Small head, long straightish bill and acquires ornamental plumes on the head and breast ( ruff). Pugnax is 'combative or fond of fighting'.

Breeding: Extralimital.

Size: 30cm. Weight: 170g.

Alternative Space

An art gallery turned guest house - the Space is truly alternative and worth a visit if you are interested in philosophical conversation, innovative thinking and staying somewhere out of the norm.

Atlantic Villa

Offers a variety of suites, luxury rooms and self catering units. Ideal for the business traveller or holiday maker

Brigadoon Cottages

Very centrally located, includes traditional guest house accommodation as well as two separate self catering flats

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Small, peaceful guesthouse in a well established part of town

Desert Sands Boutique Self-Catering and B&B

Centrally located self catering apartments offering a good selection of units (choose from studio, one, two or three bedroom units)

Gecko Ridge Guest House

15km outside of Swakopmund this elegant. pet friendly, guest house offers amazing views over the Namib Desert. Accommodation is in either guest house rooms or self catering units

Meerkat Guesthouse

Luxury accommodation with a personal touch.

Meike's Guest House

A well established owner managed guesthouse where emphasis is placed on environmental issues

Namib Guesthouse

A small owner run guest house which places an emphasis on offering quality personal service

PebbleStoneHouse Bed & Breakfast

Fresh, light & airy bed and breakfast in an upmarket and fairly centrally located area

Sams Giardino

Well established, Swiss managed guesthouse which is always a popular choice. Offers good quality accommodation & occasional wine tasting nights

Sandfields Guest House

An intimate and sophisticated family-run boutique guesthouse offering comfortable accommodation. A highlight is that each of the en-suite rooms has a private fireplace.

Sea Breeze Guest House

A very popular choice, offers excellent rooms at extremely reasonable prices. Possibly best value for money in Swakopmund

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Swakopmund Guest House

A well appointed guest house in the center of town

Swakopmund Luxury Suites

A variety of well appointed suites in a central location

Villa Margherita

A newer addition, situated in an old historic building near the town center. Expect attention to detail and Italian flair.

Vogelstrand Guest House

A family operated establishment which prides itself on offering guests both personal attention and privacy

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