Namaqua Dune Mole Rat
wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: Little is known or has been studied about the Namaqua dune mole rat (Bathyergus janetta). It has strong clawed forefeet and grooved upper incisors, enabling them to burrow comfortably in sandy soils in arid regions, watered by a certain amount of seepage, making the soil easier to work with. As a result of their efforts, large pyramid-shaped mounds are formed, which can endure an entire dry season.
Distribution: A patchy distribution from 90km north of Oranjemund on the Orange River, mainly in mining areas. Burrows are frequently destroyed due to mining operations.
Diet: After rainfall above ground vegetation such as daisies and grasses, succulents and underground storage supplies such as organs of plants
Colouring: The sides of the body have a silvery sheen with a darker band along the top of the head, back and underside. The nose is white chin stripes and a white head spot may occur.
Breeding: A winter breeder, average litter sizes are 2 or 3 pups.
Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures
An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm
Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post
The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia
A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment
Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.