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White-fronted bee-eater

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: White-fronted bee-eaters (Merops bullockoidus) are named after William Bullock (1775-1840) an English traveller and naturalist who founded the Bullock Museum in London and Sheffield. This species can be observed in habitats that are associated with sandy or lateral riverbanks and watercourses, sometimes in dry watercourses in woodlands, bushy pastures and wooded grasslands. Mixed woodlands with broad-leaved trees are also favoured, such as mopane trees.

Distribution: Rundu extending east through the Caprivi to Victoria Falls, Chobe River and National Park extending south to the Okavango Delta.

Diet: Flying insects, bugs, beetles, dragonflies and grasshoppers.

Description: Resembles the red-throated bee-eater. Black undertail, black bill, dark grey feet and white forehead.

Breeding: Females lay between 2 and 5 white eggs in early summer to prevent nest-flooding. Incubation is 21 days.

Size: 24cm. Weight: 35g.

Black Thorn Self Drive

3 Days - A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

Welwitschia Self Drive

3 Days - Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise

Moringa Self Drive

4 Days - A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park

Acacia Self Drive

8 Days - Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei

Marula Self Dive

9 Days - Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self catering accommodation.

Camelthorn Self Drive

10 Days - The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Jackalberry Self Drive

10 Days - A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

Quiver tree Self Drive

14 Days - Two weeks worth of travel allow you to visit everything that is included in the Camelthorn Self Drive and add the vast expanses of southern Namibia. Additional stops include Luderitz, the Fish River Canyon and a night in the Kalahari Desert

Makalani Self Drive

20 Days - This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.

Baobab Self Drive

20 Days - A circular route that includes Sossusvlei, the highlights of Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region and Chobe, Vic Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

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