Large Grey Mongoose
wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: The large grey mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) as are other mongooses, have an associating with snake killing. There is a short story in the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling about the heroic adventures of a mongoose called Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, who eventually kills 2 cobras, Nag and Nagaina. Kipling, besides making exceedingly good cakes, knew that their long fur protects mongooses against snake bites, making them less vulnerable to snake venom.
Distribution: Well-watered areas such as grasslands and reed fringing waters as well as woody vegetation along rivers and streams, typical of the far eastern regions of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), Chobe and Zambezi riverbanks and the Okavango Delta.
Diet: Feeds on small mammals that weigh up to 4kg, such as scrub hare and rock dassie but prefers rodents. The large grey mongoose also eat birds, frogs and reptiles. Studies have concluded that they do eat snakes, but are not a major food source.
Colouring: Grey body hair interrupted by annulated black and white hairs. The large grey mongoose has black legs and a black head.
Breeding: Possibly 2 or 3 young born in a litter.
Size: Short in stature due to its short legs, but a shoulder height of 25cm and overall length of 1m. The tail measures up to 90% of the total head and body length including the black tassel. Weight: 3kg.
A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.
On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves
Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.
Explore the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area
Caprivi Mutoya Lodge offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the Zambezi Regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site.
Part of the Zambezi Queen collection these three smaller houseboats operate on the Chobe River " offer a superb opportunity to view birds, mammals and scenery on a 2 or 3 night trip
Previously called Ntwala Lodge, this property is situated on three small islands in an ultra-luxurious Chobe destination, with four suites, each with plunge pool and private guiding
Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation on the banks of the Chobe River in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors
Overlooking the Chobe River and Botswana's Chobe National Park, this boutique hotel offers an excellent opportunity to experience all the wildlife and activities the Chobe Region has to offer
One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.
A four room private camp set inside the Nkasa Rupara National Park. A remote and private location in Namibia's least visited hidden gems of a game park makes this a must visit lodge. The lodge can also be booked for exclusive use on a self catering basis
A tented lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Offers both self catering facilities and restaurant meals. Excellent for fishing.
This lodge is located at the only place in the world where four countries meet. It is a wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.
A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge
Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges
Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway
Located on the banks of the Kwando river in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy, within Bwabwata National Park. This is a sanctuary for more than 35 game species and upwards of 330 bird species. Animals move freely throughout the area which creates a mecca for wildlife viewing
A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola
A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.
A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers
in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool
A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River which offers 2 or 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. An excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or just to relax in these splendid surroundings
In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers