Small Spotted Cat
wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: The small spotted cat (Felis nigripes) is a relative of the African wild cat. They are usually associated with areas of tall grass or scrub bush and lie up in daylight hours in disused spring hare or aardvark hole in termite mounds. They are purely nocturnal and are a highly secretive species. They tend to be solitary creatures, but like all cats, there is 2 or more in attendance.
Distribution: They are mainly to be found to the central and southern parts of the country and to the further west where the Namibian border meets the Orange River.
Diet: Young hares and birds up to the size of francolin, but no prey bigger than this. They are independent of water, but will drink occasionally when it is available.
Colouring: The body is marked with lines and spots, black in colour with a series of 3 broad transverse black bars towards the feet. They have a short, narrow, black-tipped tail, which is less than half the length of the body. The undersides of all 4 feet are black.
Breeding: Gestation period is estimated at around 68 days, with litters of 1-3 being born around November or December.
Size: Males are around 60cm in total length (including the tail) and weigh around 1.6kg. Females are slightly shorter and smaller.
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only 25 kilometers west of Mariental this lodge promises an interesting safari experience. With over 19 game species including white rhino on the property, those seeking wildlife in this arid area are unlikely to be disappointed
10 bedroom guest house near the main B1 road in Mariental
Large; budget friendly lodge.
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Interested in gliding? Then this is the lodge for you
On the private Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.
Recently upgraded, the resort is reasonably close to the main highway and offers an alternative overnight stop for those traveling between South Africa and southern Namibia towards Windhoek and other central areas of the country
Tends to cater for larger groups, but the low rates make it attractive for those looking to save some money.
Small self catering establishment in the Kalahari town of Stampriet
A small well run lodge near the scenic village of Stampriet
Close to the Mata Mata border, the lodge is situated on a large well stocked game park. This is an excellent place to view Kalahari black maned lions
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A wonderful owner managed guest house in the village of Stampriet. An eclectic mix of local antiques & warm hospitality enhance your stay
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A tented lodge, built on the small red dunes of the Kalahari Desert.
The third lodge on the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve (along with Suricate & Camethorn Lodges). The Kalahari is absolutely magnificent and really should be a part of any visit to Namibia.