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Pangolin

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The pangolin (Manis temminckii) are sometimes known as scaly-anteaters because they are covered with large rounded scales over the back and tail, with hair only around the eyes, ears, cheeks and belly. The name is derived from the Malay peng-goling, meaning the roller, from the pangolin's habit of rolling themselves into a ball as a defence mechanism.

It is a savannah species not occurring in forest or desert, favouring scrub, rocky hills and sandveld; habitats that provide their food requirement of ants and termites. They walk on the outer edges of their hands, with claws pointed inwards which goes some way to explaining why they normally keep to dry scrubby country, especially areas with light sandy soil. They are normally slow movers, but can shift if under stress. If touched they will roll up in a ball with their head protected inside. They are nocturnal and can be difficult to observe.

Distribution: Pangolin are widespread in Namibia except for in the southern parts of the country and in coastal desert areas.

Diet: Their primary diet includes ants and termites dug from termite mounds, rotting wood and dung heaps.

Colouring: It is unmistakeable amongst the animal population as it is covered with an armour of overlapping, heavy, brown scales.

Breeding: Only 1 young is produced at birth, normally during the drier, colder months of the year. Juveniles travel on their mothers back, clinging on using their long front claws clamped under the scales of the female's flanks.

Size: They are roughly the size of a dog and reach an overall length of over 1m and have a mass of between 7 and 15kg. Females are smaller and lighter.

Wildlife Namibia

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Bambatsi Lodge

This small lodge is located between Outjo and Khorixas - it was one of the first guest farms opened in Namibia

Brandberg Rest Camp

Situated in the tiny town of Uis, this lodge acts as a gateway to the Brandberg Mountain and other parts of the Erongo Region. The owner, Basil, is a bastion of the local community and a font of knowledge on the area

Brandberg White Lady Lodge

We are absolutely convinced that this is where Nelly the Elephant decided to live, after deciding to run away from the circus! A bit run down - but in an excellent location

Camp Kipwe

Small private lodge consisting of thatched domed bungalows scattered amongst large granite boulders. It is well situated near Twyfelfontein and several other major Damaraland attractions

Damaraland Camp

This camp was started by Wilderness Safaris and is now managed by the local community. Expect luxury, desert elephants and rhino

Damara Mopane Lodge

Named after the abundant Mopane Trees found in the area, Damara Mopane Lodge is part of a well established lodge group, known for quality lodges at reasonable prices. Only 20km from Khorixas and within driving distance of the highlights of the area

Doro Nawas

A good quality lodge located close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Excursions to the engravings and in search of desert adapted elephant are available

iGowati Lodge

Situated in the town of Khorixas, this lodge may not have the most scenic setting but offers reasonable accommodation at good prices

Khorixas Rest Camp

A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas

Madisa Camp

Private campsites in a beautiful setting

Mowani Mountain Camp

One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

As the name implies this is situated close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. A good quality lodge with reasonable rates.

Ugab Terrace Lodge

Close to the Vingerklip rock formation and offering exciting views of the Ugab Plains

Vingerklip Lodge

The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia