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lesser kestrel

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: The lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) is named after the German author and ornithologist Johann Friedrich Naumann (1780-1857). Warm and dry habitats in open or lightly wooded regions are preferred to foraging in most agricultural areas. Highly gregarious with aggregations reaching the thousands, often with rock kestrels, Amur falcon and red-footed falcon. Swarms around roosts in great numbers, often keeping the same site for decades.

Distribution: Fairly sparse recordings in central and northern Namibia including Epupa Falls, Caprivi, Etosha National Park, northern Namib Desert and Kaudom Game Park.

Diet: Eats mainly spiders or insects by day, hunting from perch, aerially or on the ground.

Description: Sits upright on short legs, making the body appear long and slimmer than it actually is.

Breeding: Migrant winter visitor to Namibia. Extralimital.

Size: 30cm. Weight: 155g.

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

Sossusvlei Hotels