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african goshawk

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: There would be many more African goshawks (Accipiter tachiro) in Namibia if they didn't kill themselves by flying into windows when chasing prey or in collisions with vehicles. Habitats include forests with tall, dense trees and riverine forests. Roosting sites are changed frequently and they behave aggressively towards other birds as large as the secretarybird.

Distribution: This species is rare in Namibia found only around Rundu and the Caprivi

Diet: Hunts birds attracted to aviaries and bats, especially free-tailed and little free-tailed bats as they emerge from roosts. Also eats squirrels, mice, tree agamas and the grass snake. Occasionally takes toads, earthworms, moths, crabs and grasshoppers.

Description: Often confused with the smaller little sparrowhawk.

Breeding: Between 1 and 3 eggs are laid a platform of dry sticks between July and December and incubated for 36 days.

Size: 45cm. Weight: 350g. Wingspan: 70cm.

Divava Okavango Lodge

An upmarket lodge and spa on the banks of the Kavango River. The only traditional luxury lodge on this stretch of river

Hakusembe River Lodge

A well run lodge offering good facilities situated close to the town of Rundu

Kaisosi River Lodge

A few kilometers east of Rundu a nice functional lodge that more than adequately serves as an overnight stop while travelling through the Kavango and Zambezi region. The rooms, bar and restaurant area offer lovely views of the Kavango River.

Kavango River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the river (hence the name) in Rundu

Mahangu Safari Lodge

Situated close to the Mahangu Park in west Caprivi - this is an excellent stop-over between Namibia, Maun (in Botswana) and the Victoria Falls

Ngepi Camp

A rustic river side campsite and lodge offering excellent value for money. A lively bar and restaurant ensures this appeals to the younger or more socially inclined traveller

Nunda Lodge

Close to Popa Falls and the Mahango Reserve this lodge offers stunning river views

Ndhovu Lodge

Refreshingly, and surprisingly for the area, this lodge does not have the word 'River' as part of its name. Do not be misled it is situated on the banks of the river opposite the Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park)

Popa Falls Rest Camp

Close to the Popa Falls (a series of rapids on the Kavango River), this rest camp was renovated in 2013

Rainbow River Lodge

on the Kavango River banks this lodge offers plenty of water based activities

RiverDance Lodge

Near the village of Divundu, this small but wonderfully managed lodge is a perennial favourite of ours. Lovely wooden chalets, with large decks overlook the river. Those wanting to experience the river can choose from fishing and sunset river cruises

Sarasungu River Lodge

On a beautiful plot of indigenous plants and trees overlooking the river

Shamvura Camp

One of the best lodges for birders visiting Namibia - but also great for fishing, chilling or generally becoming part of the family (the family consists of a host of creatures including goats, otters and guinefowls all lovingly adopted by the owners)

Taranga Safari Lodge

A small lodge a short distance west of Rundu. The rooms have river views and guests can choose from a range of activities

Sossusvlei Hotels