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African Clawless Otter

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: African clawless otters (Aonyx capensis) are extremely elusive animals due to their survival instinct of swimming away from riverbanks at the slightest disturbance. Otters groom and dry themselves by rolling in the grass and rubbing against rocks and the soil, habits that attract crocodiles.

This species gets it's name from the webless front feet. They can grope for food whilst swimming along a river bed by poking its fingers into holes and under stones. A cunning ploy to attract food is to make a beeline for aquatic vegetation and disturb potential prey by thrashing its feet around. They can hold its catch by the front paws and feed in the water. Larger prey is taken on land.

Distribution: Found in Northern Namibia only in the far western reaches of the Kunene River and the Caprivi region, including the Chobe River. Its desire for fresh water to wash the salt from its fur explains both freshwater and marine habitats.

Diet: Rock lobster, frogs, birds, insects, fish, molluscs, reptiles and small mammals, but mainly crabs. The African clawless otter will sneak onto farms to prey on chickens, geese and ducks.

Colouring: Thick brown hair, less for white bellies, neck, throat, upper lips and cheeks.

Breeding: Litters vary from 1-3 with a gestation period of 60-65 days.

Size: Length 1.3m. Weight: 13kg.

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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

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Kapika Waterfall Lodge

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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

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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

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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