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South African cliff-swallow

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: South African cliff-swallows (Hirundo spilodera) inhabit Namibian sparse savannah and grassland. Flocks of between 10 and 1,000 birds are common. Roosting is in nests.

Distribution: Scattered populations in central and northern Namibia including Etosha National Park and Swakopmund.

Diet: Eats mainly insects by hovering over bush to flush them out.

Description: Dark brown crown, nape brown with bluish gloss. Rufous rump, blackish brown tail, square-tipped. Upper wings blackish brown, upper breast rufous.

Breeding: Gourd-shaped nest with entrance tunnel built of mud pellets and lined with wool and feathers. Females lay 1 to 4 eggs and incubated for up to 16 days.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 21g.

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

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.

Namibia Tours