Birds of Namibia
Introduction: The Cape robin-chat (Cossypha caffra) or the Cape (caffra) robin, can be heard singing mainly from dawn to dusk in riverine scrub and tree lines. They can also adapt to orchards and gardens, often singly, seen frequently jerking the tail.Distribution: Along the Orange River, through the Fish River Canyon and the Fish River valley as far north as the Hardap Dam near Mariental.
Diet: Forages in woodland and forest canopies for mainly insects. Eats ants, beetles, caterpillars and moths, bees and wasps, crickets, spiders, flies, small frogs and lizards. Also takes millipedes and earthworms. Also eats a wide variety of small fruits.Description: A medium-sized robin-chat with orange underparts and tail. Greyish brown wings and back.
Breeding: An open cup nest is built of twigs, dead leaves and moss. Females lay 2 to 3 eggs from August to October, incubated for up to 19 days.
Size: 17cm. Weight: 28g.
Accommodation and hot-springs at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon
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
The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character
Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value
On the edge of the canyon with stunning views
Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon