Chances are you’ve never heard of Egyptian Geese, but they are to Namibia what the Canadian Goose is to Canada. Highly territorial, aggressive and vocal, these large, goose-like ducks feature long legs and tail with mainly a chestnut and white plumage. In size, they range from 60 to 75 cm, and can weight up to 2.35 kg. Most frequently found along any water bodies, they tend to follow the movement of hippos to feed on the disturbed plants they kick up.
Related to the shelduck, they are a pale brown and grey goose that has distinctive dark brown eye-patches and contrasting white wing patches in flight. They have a unique history, first created as an ornamental wildfowl species by the Ancient Egyptians, they were considered sacred and appeared in much of their artwork.
Since ancient times they have no escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state. They are excellent swimmers, but they don’t typically forage in the water, because they don’t filter submerged food through their beaks, like other waterfowl. Instead, they graze on dry land around a pond, feeding on seeds, grasses, leaves and other vegetation and on an occasional insect or small animal.
Pictured here with Dillon, we landed 15 beauties!
Of all the species of Sandgrouse, Burchells, or Pterocles burchelli, abound in the area while the Namaqua, Pterocles namaqua, are much less prevalent. (more…)
When planning your Namibia safari, there are a few key guidelines, laws and helpful hints that will make your experience effortless. (more…)
Bow hunting in Namibia is the ultimate challenge for a die-hard hunter that wants to experience the thrill of a true safari hunt in Namibia stalking game.
This article written by Dr. Chris Brown of the Namibian Chamber of Environment is the best case yet for hunting as conservation. It explains how fair, ethical and conservative hunting has transformed local communities and seen growth in natural wildlife. Most surprising? He doesn’t hunt and he’s a vegetarian!