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Brant's Whistling Rat

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: Brant's whistling rat (Paratomys brantsii) is so called because of their habit of calling out to each other in times of danger with a sharp, piercing whistle. Ultrasonic calls, not heard by humans, are another form of communication. They are often seen in and around semi-arid areas of deep sandy soils, with low vegetation surrounds.

These creatures are semi-social and after breeding become solitary. Pairs of adults occupy a warren until their offspring are born. Warrens are located close to each other and provide shelter and warmth in the winter and cool from the summer desert heat.

Snakes are of a particular danger to Brant's whistling rat and they do not escape to the confines of their burrows in these instances, obviously aware that the snake will follow. Other predators include jackals, the honey badger and the pale chanting goshawk.

Distribution: Southern Kalahai Desert in Namibia.

Diet: Brant's whistling rat consumes more than 50 plant species in its diet, enabling sufficient moisture intake not to need to drink water. Succulent green foliage, twigs and gnawed branches from bushes are taken back to the burrow to be eaten.

Colouring: A browny-yellow soft body hair gradually changing to creamy-white on the belly.

Breeding: Litters of between 1-3 pups attach themselves to the mother's nipples during the first week. They are dragged around in foraging excursions, including when leaving the burrow.

Size: Body length 150mm. Tail 93mm.

Wildlife Namibia

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.

Fly Drive Safari Namibia