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Black Tailed Tree Rat

wildlife of Namibia

The camelthorn tree is the favourite living quarters of the black-tailed tree rat (Thallomys nigricauda) one of only 2 species of tree rats found in Namibia. Groups of 2 to 8 nest in holes and cracks in and between the main stems of trees. A mass of untidy twigs, grasses and leaves are often assembled to protect the entrance to the hole.

Predators include snakes such as the Cape cobra which find their way into the nest during the day. Owls follow suit but at dusk and black-tailed rats will escape out of any hole, falling to the ground or darting to higher branches to safety.

Distribution: The Kalahari sandveld in eastern Namibia and in the Central Highlands including Etosha National Park.

Diet: A herbivore it eats young leaves, buds and the bark and pods of Acacia trees and occasionally insects. Water is obtained from food and is not dependant on drinking water.

Colouring: Brown upper body with white underparts and a black tail with a developed black face mask.

Breeding: A breeding pair will produce 2-5 pups in summer. Young survive sudden attacks by clinging to the mother's nipples as she makes her escape.

Size: Average body length males 270-340mm, females 275-325mm.

Weight: 100-190g. Both male and female have black tails longer than the head and the body.

Wildlife Namibia

Auas Safari Lodge

A privately owned game farm, with a good variety of wildlife just a short distance south of Windhoek.

Daan Viljoen Game Park

Newly built lodge in a small well stocked game reserve west of Windhoek

Dusternbrook Guest Farm

This lodge is very popular amongst those seeking leopard and cheetah viewing close to Windhoek. Regular feedings guarantee great sightings and photographic opportunities

Elisenheim Guest Farm

A relaxing lodge in the Eros Mountains (named after a local fruit and not the goddess of love) around 30km north of the city

Etango Ranch Guest Farm

Opposite the Windhoek International Airport, close enough to be extremely convenient but far enough away that planes are not a distraction. Great for those arriving late or leaving early, as cuts out the 45km drive from Windhoek/

Gocheganas Nature Reserve

One of Namibia's most popular spas with the added bonus of top game viewing.

Hohewarte Guest Farm

Between Windhoek and the International Airport lies this interesting cattle & game farm

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

family friendly, mid range lodge in rural location

Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary

a wildlife sanctuary offering quality accommodation in a tranquil environment

Okapuka Lodge

Large lodge on a large well stocked game farm


On a large private game farm close to the Windhoek International Airport, ideal for those not wanting to travel into Windhoek before or after their arrival in Namibia

Onjala Lodge

Offering horse riding, spa treatments and two swimming pools, this is a good family lodge

River Crossing Lodge

a few kilometers east of Windhoek this lodge offers unsurpassed views of the city from a setting in the Auas Mountains

Windhoek Game Camp

20km north of the city, this tented lodge offers a quality self catering experience surrounded by the veld and wildlife

Windhoek Guest House