wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: The greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) is found throughout central & northern Namibia and is the second tallest antelope on the African continent. Kudu bulls bear long, spiral horns which reach record lengths of up to 1.8m. Horns grow to their full length at the age of 6 years. Kudu live in small herds not usually larger than 12, comprised of females and their young. During the breeding season the herds are occasionally joined by the normally solitary males.
They are a savannah woodland species that do not occur in desert, forest or in open grassland areas. Kudu can also be found in broken, rocky terrain, under the cover of woodland with a nearby water supply. Despite their large size kudu are surprisingly agile and from a virtual standing start can jump great heights easy clearing game fences of 2m or more.
Distribution: Kudu are found on commercial farmland and in game parks all over central Namibia. They are an extreme hazard to those driving at night as they often freeze in oncoming headlights. Such a large solid animal (with massive horns) can do serious damage. Particular care should be taken when driving north out of Windhoek towards Tsumeb and the Etosha National Park.
Diet: The kudu is predominately a browser. This species feeds on a wide variety of tree and shrub leaves, favouring fruits, pods and creepers when available.
Colouring: Tawny-brown to grey-brown coat, marked with white stripes on flanks which vary greatly in shape, size and pattern. V-shaped band on forehead and white spots on cheeks. Manes of long hair extend from the back of the head along the back to the tail, as well as on the lower neck to the belly.
Breeding: The main calving period falls after mid-summer, the time when the grass is tallest. This gives females the opportunity to drift away from the herd to give birth under cover. Gestation period is 210 days and a single calf is born.
Size: Bulls are much larger than cows and can weigh as much as 300kg with a shoulder height of 1.4m. Cows weigh 210kg with a shoulder height of 1.25m. Usually it is only the males that carry horns, but rarely the females do as well.
The settlement of Bullsport is marked on nearly every map, however it consists of little more than this friendly guest farm. The owners are welcoming and eager to share their Namibian experiences. Great for hiking and horse riding.
A small, budget friendly, owner operated rest camp, with individual bungalows & campsites. Great for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life
Located in the mountainous Naukluft section of the Namib Naukluft Park, this is an ideal base for hikers or those wanting to relax at the crystal clear rock pools that amazingly exist in the desert environment
One of the finest desert wine estates in the world can be found on the edge of the Namib Desert. The estate offers accommodation & wine tasting tours
A small lodge on the banks of the Tsauchab River - an excellent place for walking and enjoying the surrounding scenery. Visitors are welcomed by an amazing arrary of metal sculptures
Another excellent place for hiking, in the Tsaris Mountains. If you want a genuinely warm welcome at a special lodge then this is an excellent choice. Zebra River can be used as a base for visits to the dunes at Sossusvlei, but is best used to relax and walk on the massive lodge property