cardboard box travel shop logo

Cardboard Box Travel Shop


african broadbill

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Because African broadbills (Smithornis capensis) sit still for very long periods, there presence can easily be overlooked. Frog-like rattles give their location away. Their wide habitat range also contributes to them being unnoticeable, which includes dense woodland and deciduous thickets. This species is named after Sir Andrew Smith, the Scottish herpetologist and ornithologist (1797-1872).

Distribution: Fragmented population including Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and the Okavango Delta.

Diet: Searches under branches, aerially and from the ground for beetles, grasshoppers, bugs, spiders, caterpillars and insect eggs.

Description: Grey-brown mantle and back, streaked with black and white markings. The tail is dark brown as are the flight feathers which also have a silvery grey under colouring. Their white back feathers puff out in flight displays.

Breeding: A nest built of bark, grass, twigs and dry leaves is sparsely bound together with spider web. The entrance is on the side, near the bottom, often with a characteristic 'porch-like' roof. 1 to 3 white, oval eggs are laid between October and February and incubated for around 15 days.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 26g.

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

Namibia Tours