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White-backed vulture

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: White-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) prefer mopane type woodland, but are absent from forests, true desert and treeless grassland.

Distribution: Common in Etosha National Park, Caprivi and most central and northern regions of the country including the northern areas of the Namib Desert.

Diet: Follows other vultures, kites, Bateleurs and crows and watch lion kills with other scavengers ready to fight for scrapes of food. Has been recorded entering a carcass in a feeding frenzy and then becoming trapped before getting eaten itself by other birds of prey.

Description: Large vulture with brown plumage, paler underparts and off-white lower back and rump, hence the name. Has long powerful bill, distinctive hooked tip with sharp cutting edges. Sharp serrations on the stiff and channelled tongue allow for rapid feeding. The blunt claws on strong legs allow the feet to adapt for walking as opposed to grasping prey. Gyps is Greek for 'vulture'.

Breeding: A nest consists of a stick platform lined with dry grass where females lay only 1 egg incubated for a period of around 56 days.

Size: 100cm. Weight: 5.5kg. Wingspan: 2.2m.

Dunes & Wildlife

6 Days - A short tour including game viewing in the Etosha Park, a short visit to the sea-side town of Swakopmund and the massive dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. Windhoek-Windhoek

Desert Dream Tour

4 Days - The dunes at Sossusvlei & the Namib Naukluft Mountains are highlights. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Tour

4 Days - Get your game viewing fix in the Etosha National Park. Departures from Windhoek & Swakopmund

Etosha Express

3 Days - Short safari to Etosha Park. Windhoek-Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Express

3 Days - Short tour to Sossusvlei. Swakopmund - Windhoek

Sossusvlei Shuttle Tour

3 Days - Of all our short trips to Soussusvlei this tour offers the best value for money

Sossusvlei Shuttle Safari

3 Days - A very flexible trip to Sossusvlei. Choose between Swakopmund or Windhoek departures and finishes.

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