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shikra

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Shikras (Accipiter badius) are also known as little banded goshawks, inhabiting all woodland types. This species also favour watercourses and are usually observed in low-lying areas with a decent rainfall average. They roost in copses of tall trees and occasionally bathe at garden bird baths. Prey of Ayres's hawk-eagle and black sparrowhawk.

Distribution: Central and northern Namibia ranges from Epupa Falls extending east to the Caprivi and Victoria Falls, Etosha National Park.

Diet: Opportunistic feeder often catching birds in flight, and attracted to fires to take insects. Eats mainly lizards such as agamas, skinks and geckos. Eats grasshoppers, termites, caterpillars and cockroaches. Small birds, bats, rodents and frogs are also eaten.

Description: Small raptor with short, rounded barred wings and a long tail, allowing for fast flight through areas of dense vegetation. Badius is Latin for reddish-brown.

Breeding: Between 1 and 4 eggs are laid between August and February in a saucer-shaped platform of dry twigs, lined with thick bark chippings.

Size: 30cm. Weight: 140g. Wingspan: 58cm.

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