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.
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.
Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia
Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)
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
Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders
Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves nearby are well worth a visit
Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge
A convenient stop close to Otavi
Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and olympic sized pool in Tsumeb
Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular 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
10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi
a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region
Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein
An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation
Situated 20km west of Tsumeb
Between Otavi and Tsumeb.