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Rock Dormouse

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: Little or no studies have been carried out on the rock dormouse (Graphiurus platyops). A distinguishing feature is their flattened skull and they are known to be active at night in rock piles. In central Namibia where rocks are scarce they can be found climbing around on camelthorn trees. Communication between dormice is part visual, part vocal. Attention to other dormice can be gained by lashing the tail around. They also use scent trails and warning calls consist of a number of short low-pitched notes.

Distribution: Widespread throughout Namibia, including Etosha National Park and in the Namib Desert.

Diet: Insects and seeds. They will hibernate during winter when food is scarce.

Colouring: Grey with a white underside and a white patch extending onto the back behind the foreleg. A reddish chin and a white-tipped bushy tail.

Breeding: Very little is known other than their young are born in the summer.

Wildlife Namibia

Ababis Guest Farm

One of the regions oldest farms, suitable for dune and Naukluft Mountain visits

Barchan Dune Retreat

A small lodge situated close to the spectacular Spreetzhoogte pass and around 10km from Solitaire

Kuangukuangu Luxury Cabin

A private and secluded hide-a-way in the Namib Desert. Ideal for those wanting a break from civilization

Rostock Ritz

Excellent food, too far to be the ideal base to visit Sossusvlei, good stop en-route to Swakopmund after night nearer the dunes

Solitaire Country Lodge

Budget option in Namibia's most famous one-horse town

Solitaire Guest Farm

Friendly owners and a stunning setting about 60km from Sesriem

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve

Explore the spectacular desert around this property or use it as a base to visit Sossusvlei.

Fly Drive Safari | Namibia