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Kalahari Tent Tortoise

Tortoises | Namibia

Introduction: The Kalahari Tent Tortoise (Psammobates oculiferus) is so called because of its preference for habitats in the desert of the same name. It can be found in woodland and north central thorn bush and savannah regions mentioned in the distribution section. It avoids the dryer western and north-western regions of the country. Peak foraging periods are in the morning, decreasing in the late afternoon and early evening.

Distribution: The sandy substrates of the eastern areas of Namibia's Kalahari Desert regions northwards from Mariental and south to the Karasberg Region.

Diet: The Kalahari Tent Tortoise feeds on a large variety of plants, with over 30 species having been recorded. Herbs such as the milk bush and slender dwarf morning glory are a favourite.

Colouring: The convex carapace has a unique set of serrated shields that usually curl upwards at the rear region. They are usually yellowish on a black background that form eye-like patterns which are more easily identified on the sides of the shell.

Breeding: The incubation period is not known on this species but females lay clutches of 1 or 2 eggs and a single egg in the summer rainy season.

Weight: 366g. Females are bigger than males and have a shell that is more rounded and consequently higher than those of the male.

Dangers and predators: San Bushmen who sell juvenile shells to tourists as decorated snuff or perfume containers. Predators include hyenas, honey badgers, mongooses, jackals, secretary birds and eagles.

Africa Safari Lodge

only 25 kilometers west of Mariental this lodge promises an interesting safari experience. With over 19 game species including white rhino on the property, those seeking wildlife in this arid area are unlikely to be disappointed

Anandi Mariental Guesthouse

10 bedroom guest house near the main B1 road in Mariental

Auob Lodge

Large; budget friendly lodge.

Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge

Excellent lodge in the Kalahari Desert, offers accommodation in units made of straw bales or wood. Bagatelle proves to be consistently popular with guests

Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Center

Interested in gliding? Then this is the lodge for you

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

On the private Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.

Hardap Dam Resort

Recently upgraded, the resort is reasonably close to the main highway and offers an alternative overnight stop for those traveling between South Africa and southern Namibia towards Windhoek and other central areas of the country

Kalahari Anib Lodge

Tends to cater for larger groups, but the low rates make it attractive for those looking to save some money.

Indigo Self Catering

Small self catering establishment in the Kalahari town of Stampriet

Kalahari Farmhouse

A small well run lodge near the scenic village of Stampriet

Kalahari Game Lodge

Close to the Mata Mata border, the lodge is situated on a large well stocked game park. This is an excellent place to view Kalahari black maned lions

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

A 12 room lodge situated in a nature reserve and set amongst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert

Lapa Lange Game Lodge

Only a few kilometers from Mariental this magnificent game lodge is a green oasis in the Kalahari Desert. A wildlife breeding program means several rare buck species can be found on the lodge's game farm

Stampriet Historical Guest House

A wonderful owner managed guest house in the village of Stampriet. An eclectic mix of local antiques & warm hospitality enhance your stay

Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal which inhabits the Kalahari - we do not know why this lodge is named after them. Perhaps if you stay here and find out you can tell us and then we can make this slightly more descriptive

Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge

A tented lodge, built on the small red dunes of the Kalahari Desert.

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

The third lodge on the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve (along with Suricate & Camethorn Lodges). The Kalahari is absolutely magnificent and really should be a part of any visit to Namibia.

Self Catering Namibia