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Wire-tailed swallow

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Wire-tailed swallows (Hirundo smithii) were named after Lt-Col Smith Charles Hamilton (1776-1859) after an expedition to Chisalla Island in the Lower Congo River. Their presence is always associated with water bodies including large rivers, floodplains, steams, canals and dams. Mopane woodlands, thornveld and forest edges are also favoured.

Distribution: Restricted to the northern Kunene, Kavango, Kwando, Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. Also observed regularly in the Okavango Delta.

Diet: Forages in small groups for ants, beetles, bugs, butterflies, flies and moths.

Description: Forehead and crown bright reddish chestnut colour, remainder of upper parts and upper wing coverts glossy blue, with purple sheen. Tail glossy black, underparts white.

Breeding: Both male and female build a small, flat open cup of mud pellets and lined with grasses and feathers. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid year-round and incubated for up to 19 days.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 13g.

Dune Hopper

3 or 4 Days - The dune hopper concept offers scheduled flights from Windhoek or Swakopmund - with overnight stays of varying lengths at several lodges in the NamibRand Private Reserve and around Sossusvlei

Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari

4 Days - A not to be missed fly-in Safari to one of the most remote areas on earth. This is an exceptional safari with highly qualified and knowledgeable guides & can safely be described as one of the best safari experiences in Namibia.

Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei

4 Days - The same as the Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari (above) but with the addition of a a visit to Sossusvlei

Skeleton Coast & Etosha Fly-In

5 Days - The fourth and final Skeleton Coast Safari gives the opportunity for game viewing in Etosha

Skeleton Coast & Luderitz Fly-In Safari

6 Days - The third is the series of Skeleton Coast Safaris this time with the addition of the small harbour town of Luderitz

Namibia Flying Safari

7 Days - A typical flight around Namibia, this is highly customisable and the itinerary, lodges & even the number of days can be amended to suit your individual requirements

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