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A boat trip from Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando in winter

Avatar of inke inke - 27. September 2018 - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Dirk Heinrich

The clamour of Smith’s bush squirrels, which measure 35 cm with tail, makes some visitors look to the treetops as soon as they arrive at Namushasha River Lodge on the banks of the Kwando.  A group of Hartlaub´s Babblers and/or Arrow-marked Babblers are also kicking up a racket. In the morning the loud calls of Hadeda Ibises greet guests at the jetty. A boat trip on the Kwando River is a wonderful experience not only for bird lovers. Mammals in the water and on the banks are also part of the diverse animal world. In contrast to the other Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, Namushasha River Lodge does not have a neighbouring country on the other side of the river, but the Bwabwata National Park.

The ornithologists were particularly interested in the Cape Wagtail, because Cape Wagtails at the Kwando and also at the other rivers in this region only have a smallish dark spot on the creamy breast instead of the broad dusky breast band that is typical for the species in the rest of Namibia and in South Africa. This colour variation will possibly be listed as a separate species in the near future.

A total of 19 wetland bird species were recorded during the boat trip and altogether 84 bird species at Namushasha River Lodge during two days in mid-July this year. 

For more information on the boat trip please have a look at Namibia Outdoor

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