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Roan Antelope

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The roan (Hippotragus equinus) is a very large antelope, only surpassed in size by the eland. The name refers to its general colour and it is considered an endangered species in Namibia. They are gregarious and live in small herds of around 5 to 12. Roan are not considered territorial, but an essential difference between them and other species is that the dominant bull defends his females from the attention of other males, as opposed to a specific piece of ground within which they are living.

Distribution: They occur in the north-eastern parts of Namibia, mainly the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and they have also been re-introduced into Waterberg Plateau Park.

Diet: Roan are predominantly grazers and browse constitutes a small percentage of their food. The feed on medium to long grass, avoiding areas of short grass. They are not 'close croppers' such as wildebeest or zebra, preferring grass of heights of up to 1.5m.

Colouring: A greyish-brown body colour is tinged with strawberry. It has a black or very dark brown face, that extends to the neck, with a strongly contrasting white patch over the top of the muzzle, round the nostrils and onto either side of the lips and on to the chin.

Breeding: The gestation period is between 276 and 287 days and females give birth to 1 calf. A few days before the calf is born the female leaves the herd and seeks cover and concealment. After it is born she remains with it for a few days.

Size: Males stand around 140cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 270kg, the females slightly smaller and lighter. Both sexes carry horns.

Wildlife Namibia

  • Namibian Wildlife: Roan
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AloeGrove Safari Lodge

A small private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo

Babson House at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)

Lodging located on the property used by the Heetah Conservation Fund, this is an excellent option if you want to learn about cheetah conservation

Bush Pillow Guest House

A friendly well run guest house in the town of Otjiwarongo

Camp Elephant | Erindi

Self catering units on a large, well stocked, private game reserve

C'est Si Bon Hotel

Mid sized hotel in Otjiwarongo offering both lodge & hotel style accommodation. All the usual facilities including a pool, air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant

Erindi Game Reserve | Old Traders Lodge

A large, well stocked, privately owned game reserve. Excellent for sightings of wild dogs and other endangered species

Frans Indongo Lodge

Situated to the north of the Waterberg Plateau (which is unusual as most lodges are toward the south) this highly recommenced lodge offers spacious comfortable rooms and plenty of activities

Mount Etjo Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in Namibia, Mount Etjo has seen several historic events including the signing of an agreement pivotal to Namibia gaining independence. Still offers good quality accommodation and game drives

Okonjima Bush Camp

Without a doubt one of the best lodges in Namibia, add leopard and cheetah viewing to stunning accommodation and well prepared meals and this place is a complete winner

Okonjima Bush Suite

A private two bed room suite, comes complete with own swimming pool, lounge and kitchen. Private chef and meals can be arranged or guests can visit Bush Camp

Okonjima Plains Camp

The 'entry level' camp at Okonjima offers all the same great cats experiences as the other lodges in the portfolio. A one of a type not to be missed Namibian experience

Okonjima Villa

Large private complex, includes all modern luxuries. Enjoyed by international movie stars and corporate moguls - but available to any group wanting to stay!

Otjiwa Safari Lodge

a variety of accommodation options - ranging from large self catering villas to double rooms. Just a few kilometers south of Otjiwarongo

Wabi Lodge

A large game farm which numbers the rare White Rhino amongst its species.

Waterberg Guest Farm

Small 8 room guest farm with an emphasis on conserving the natural eco-systems

Waterberg Rest Camp

The NWR run camp situated on the slopes of the plateau. Fairly standard and slightly overpriced accommodation, the old police station which has been converted to a restaurant is a scenic (if not taste) highlight.

Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

Excellent choice for walking and visiting the highlights of the area

Waterberg Wilderness Plateau Lodge

On the same property aw the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge but situated higher up the mountain offering excellent views

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia