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wattled crane

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Wattled cranes (Bugeranus carunculatus) will inhabit fairly shallow wetlands with short, emerging vegetation. A feature is their thermal soaring, which often leads to their misidentification to a stork.

Distribution: North-eastern Namibia including Etosha National Park and the Caprivi. Resident in Mahango Game Reserve and Nkasa Rupara National Park. Sighted after heavy rainfall around Grootfontein.

Diet: Seeds, grass, snails, fish and frogs.

Description: Large, silent crane. Carunculatus is the Latin word for 'wattled' referring to the bare fleshy structure around the eye, base of bill, throat and chin. Bugeranus is a combination of 2 Greek words, bous, which is an ox or bull and geranus, a crane. Often confused with the blue crane.

Breeding: Lays 1 well-marked egg in a mound of aquatic vegetation. Eggs are taken by people for food and by domestic dogs. Fledglings have been captured as pets or for the bird trade.

Size: 1.75m. Weight: 8kg.

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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