Southern carmine bee-eater
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Southern carmine bee-eater (Merops nubicoidus) (or carmine bee-eater) are usually confined to open, wooded and bushy savannahs, floodplains with oxbows, lake shores, swamps with scattered dead trees and dry grassy plains, as well as seasonal rivers and cultivated lands. They live in large groups, perching side by side in trees and other vegetation that overhangs tropical rivers.
Diet: Eats mostly flying insects, cicadas, bugs, butterflies and moths and dragonflies.
Description: Nubicoidus is the Latin word for resembles, as there is likeness to the northern carmine bee-eater.
Breeding: Between 2 and 5 eggs are laid between August to December in nests made in sandy riverbanks, ditches or areas of flat, sloping ground.
Size: 27cm. Tail streamers project a further 120mm. Weight: 62g.
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
4 Days - Guided hike on the Waterberg Plateau
3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia
3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)
Several rustic log cabins in the Namib Desert which can only be reached via a short and informative guided hike
A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert
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
A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking