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african rail

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: African rail (Rallus caerulescens) live in and around reedbeds, semi-permanent or temporary swamps and marshes, along the edge of streams and rivers where there is adequate cover, including mature pans.

Distribution: Scatterings in the country mainly in the north-eastern regions including Etosha National Park and the Caprivi.

Diet: Forages in the mud at the edge of reedbeds or in shallow water for earthworms, small frogs and fish, spiders, insects and plant matter such as seeds.

Description: Medium to large sized rails with slender, long but slightly decurved bills. Caerulescens is Latin for 'bluish' and rallus 'a rail'.

Breeding: Nests are typically made of dry and green leaves and stems of sedges in a shallow saucer shape. Between 2 and 6 eggs are laid. Chicks and eggs often fall prey to the vlei rat.

Size: 28cm. Weight: 180g.

Fish River Horse Riding

6 Days - A horse riding trail along the famous Fish River Canyon

Desert Horse Ride

6 Days - Riding through the beautiful environment of the Namib Desert around Aus. Includes a visiting the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

Horse Riding | Windhoek

A wide variety of horse riding options including: Champagne Breakfast Rides, Sundowner Rides, Rides by the hour & even multiple day outings

Lodges offering riding

Bullsport Guest Farm - Naukluft Riding Experience

Bullsport is one of the premier lodges for both hiking and riding in Namibia. Both take place in the rugged, and scenic Naukluft Mountains. A variety of rides, from a few hours to several days, and expert supervision means the rides here are suitable for everyone from novice to experienced riders.

Desert Homestead Horse Trails

 Offers a wide range of guided riding within the Naukluft Mountains. With sunrise or sunset rides of one to two hours, or horse-trails for up to five nights, it is suitable for all experience levels.

Etusis Lodge - riding courses

Offers horse riding courses for beginners or experienced riders who want to brush up on their skills as well as day rides on the property

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

A two hour guided horse back safari leads along a dry river with the opportunity to view game species sheltering or feeding in the bush

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Riding lessons, short out-rides and longer trails are all on offer here

Namibia Tours