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Cape Hare

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The Cape hare (Lepus capensis) was originally named from the Cape of Good Hope, but are widely distributed on the African continent. They are predominately nocturnal animals and lie up in forms during the day, usually in grass clumps or under a short bush with their ears folded flat on the shoulders as a sign of alertness. They are fast on their feet and have excellent eyesight and hearing, and their preference is for shorter grass areas that must at the same time provide cover.

Distribution: The Cape hare occur from the Kunene River in the north of Namibia, running narrowly southwards along the coast and then onto the southern parts of the country.

Diet: Cape hare are grazers and they typically eat short grass and other types of shrubs.

Colouring: Due to their wide distribution colours can vary, but in the main their hair is light buffy in colour and the under parts ochre buffy.

Breeding: The gestation period is about 42 days and litters vary from 1-3 in number. Breeding continues even in adverse conditions and it is possible for females to produce up to 4 litters per year.

Size: Adult measure around 53cm with a mass of 2.5kg. The females are slightly larger and heavier.

Wildlife Namibia

  • Namibian Wildlife: Hare Cape
    Photograph by: Shah Jahan
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Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area

Kunene River Lodge

n great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges

Mopane Camp

A campsite near the village of Opuwo

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia