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Swallow-tailed bee-eater

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Swallow-tailed bee-eaters (Merops hirundineus) inhabit tall savannah woodlands, more often than not on Kalahari sands. They can be observed singly or in pairs with flocks in winter numbering up to 30 birds. The roost in groups of around 10 birds tightly packed on branches in leafy trees.

Distribution: Found throughout Namibia less for arid Namib Desert.

Diet: Eats mainly insects forage up to 20m above the ground but will take insects on the perch. Eats bees and wasps, flies, beetles, moths, dragonflies and grasshoppers.

Description: Hirundineus is Latin for swallow-like. Often confused with the white-throated bee-eater which has similarly coloured upperparts.

Breeding: Laying dates in Namibia are January and February and from October to December. Females lay between 2 and 4 eggs laid at daily intervals. Young are fed by both adults.

Size: 21cm. Weight: 23g.

Dornhugel Guest Farm

Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia

Fiume Lodge

Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Gabus Game Ranch

Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders

Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm

Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves are an excellent opportunity to get dirty while exploring a fascinating cave system - the lodge provides a guide and necessary equipment

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge

Khorab Safari Lodge

A convenient stop close to Otavi

Kupferquelle Resort

Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and Olympic sized pool in Tsumeb

Makalani Hotel

Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.

Minen Hotel

A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.


Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide

Ohange Lodge

10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi

Paradise Rest camp

a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region

Peace Garden Lodge

Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein

Roy's Camp

An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation

!Uris Safari Lodge

Situated 20km west of Tsumeb

Zum Potjie

Between Otavi and Tsumeb.

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