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karoo lark

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Karoo larks (Calendulauda albescens) sing year-round in mostly shrubland habitats with soft, sandy soils. A feature of these birds is their mouse-like actions when running between shrubs, often accompanied by a distinctive alarm call.

Distribution: Lower Namibian Orange River and Fish River Canyon only.

Diet: Forages around tufts of grass or on the ground for termites, grasshoppers, weevils, snails, spiders and beetles. Also takes seeds of grasses.

Description: A boldly patterned face and rich rufous-brown upper parts. Flight feathers are dark brown as are the upper wing coverts.

Breeding: Females build a cup-shaped nest made from dry grass and lined with fine bushman grasses. From 2 to 4 eggs are laid between July and November.

Size: 16cm. Weight: 30g.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

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