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Pouched Mouse

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The first specimen of the pouched mouse (Saccostomus campestris) was collected from Tête in Mozambique, near the Zambezi River. Features include a thickset head and small eyes set forward and very close together. The cheek pouches (hence the name) open into the mouth cavity, extending to shoulder level. It accumulates food in these pouches, and continuously carry seeds in it's mouth to the nest chamber. They will hibernate in the winter and live off their summer proceeds. There have been sightings of this mouse carrying young in their pouch.

Distribution: All of the main national parks such as Etosha, Bwabwata, Mudumu, and Nkasa Rupara Park. It is also found in the Kalahari Desert, but not in the coastal belt south of the Kunene River.

Diet: Seeds from a variety of plants.

Colouring: Brownish-grey thick and silky hair with black-tipped hairs. The tail is brown above and white below.

Breeding: Litters vary from between 5 to 10 young. Gestation periods are up to 21 days.

Size: Average body length 114mm. Tail 50mm. Weight: 48g, but individuals can reach 68g.

Wildlife Namibia

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

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