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Introduction: Eagle rays (Myliobatus aquila) have distinctive diamond-shaped bodies, over 1 times wider than it is long. The tail is twice the length of the body. Their skin is smooth and the head is raised above the body. Other features include large eyes and short horns above the eyes on males. There is also a small dorsal fin just behind the pelvic fins. The tail is armed with 2 serrated spines near the base. Each jaw is equipped with 7 rows of teeth. Myliobatus means 'grinding ray' and aquila 'eagle'.

Distribution: All along the Namibian coast including Torra Bay, Terrace Bay, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and Luderitz.

Diet: Sand and rock mussels, crabs, mole crabs and some bony fish species.

Colouration: Chocolate-brown overall body colour with a pale underside.

Breeding: Females give birth to 3 to 7 live young in shallow water after a gestation period of 12 months.

Max size: 150cm disc width. Max weight: 21kg.

Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Namibia Safari