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Broad-billed roller

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The broad-billed roller bird (Eurystomus glaucurus) perch in high canopy in savannah forest mosaic and in clearings in forest and woodland. They can also be observed in all types of woodland especially on flat areas where some territorial habits, such as often chasing other birds away, can be seen. This species are present in Namibia from April to October.

Distribution: Caprivi particularly in the eastern regions extending south to the Okavango Delta. In and around the Kwando River is a preferred habitat range, where they are particularly common, even abundant in places.

Diet: Water is taken in flight by dipping down into rivers when they will also bathe. Prey is taken in the air, close to the ground and includes ants and termites, beetles, bugs, bees, wasps, grasshoppers, flies, spiders and cockroaches.

Description: Short tailed rollers with broad, but short yellow bills. Eurystomus is the Greek word for broad mouth, bill or beak, hence the name.

Breeding: Unlined nests in tree cavities between 5 and 15m above the ground are used where the female lays between 2 and 4 eggs.

Size: 30cm. Weight: 105g.

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

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