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Caracal

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The name caracal (Felis caracal) is derived from a Turkish word 'garah-gulak' or 'black ear'. They were once tamed and trained for bird hunting in Iran and India. They were put into arenas containing a flock of pigeons, and wagers were made as to how many the cat would take down, hence the origination of the expression 'to put a cat amongst the pigeons'. Apparently it is capable of leaping into the air and knocking down 10-12 birds at one time!

Caracal are associated with open country and open savannah woodland areas and in particular scrubby, arid habitats. They are adept tree climbers, that become solitary straight after mating. They can be freely observed at Okonjima Bush Camp, an Africat concern.

Distribution: Caracal occur widely in Namibia, except for in the Namib Desert. They are difficult to spot due to their nocturnal and highly secretive manner.

Diet: They prefer birds, rodents, and other small mammals, but will take whatever is available.

Colouring: This small cat has dense short reddish-brown fur. The under parts of chin and body are white, and a narrow black line runs from the corner of the eye to the nose. Its ears are long, narrow and tipped with long black tufts of black hair.

Breeding: The young may be born at various times of the year. A gestation period of 69-78 days is reported, and three young per litter are the norm (up to five kittens are possible). Litters may be born and hidden in abandoned burrows, ant-bear holes, rock crevices or hollow trees.

Size: Caracals are more robustly built than their close relatives, servals. Adults males weigh up to 17kg with the female caracal weighing around 12kg. They stand at a shoulder height of 45cm.

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Wildlife Namibia

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A small private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo

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Lodging located on the property used by the Heetah Conservation Fund, this is an excellent option if you want to learn about cheetah conservation

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Mount Etjo Lodge

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Okonjima Bush Camp

Without a doubt one of the best lodges in Namibia, add leopard and cheetah viewing to stunning accommodation and well prepared meals and this place is a complete winner

Okonjima Bush Suite

A private two bed room suite, comes complete with own swimming pool, lounge and kitchen. Private chef and meals can be arranged or guests can visit Bush Camp

Okonjima Plains Camp

The 'entry level' camp at Okonjima offers all the same great cats experiences as the other lodges in the portfolio. A one of a type not to be missed Namibian experience

Okonjima Villa

Large private complex, includes all modern luxuries. Enjoyed by international movie stars and corporate moguls - but available to any group wanting to stay!

Otjiwa Safari Lodge

a variety of accommodation options - ranging from large self catering villas to double rooms. Just a few kilometers south of Otjiwarongo

Wabi Lodge

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Waterberg Guest Farm

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Waterberg Rest Camp

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Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

Excellent choice for walking and visiting the highlights of the area

Waterberg Wilderness Plateau Lodge

On the same property aw the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge but situated higher up the mountain offering excellent views

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia