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Smith's Rock Elephant Shrew

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: Smith's rock elephant shrew (Elephantulus rupestris) is so named as it frequents koppies and rocky habitats, ideal for seeking refuge in semi-desert regions. They propel themselves by bouncing off the ground using their larger hind legs, a feature used to travel distances quite quickly to escape predators. A territorial creature, individuals of the same sex can show aggressive behaviour towards each other, a trait that is common between males and females. Foot-drumming and scent marking are common communicative characteristics of Smith's rock elephant shrew.

Distribution: Central highlands of Namibia and Kaokoland.

Diet: Ants and termites, but may eat certain vegetative matter.

Colouring: Light brown fur. Narrow white eye rings, with a distinctive broad patch of rufous/yellow hair at the base of the ears. The proboscis is grey-brown with a narrow, dark line at the top.

Breeding: Females can produce several litters a year of 1 or 2 young.

Size: Total body length of 270mm with a longer tail. Weight: 65g.

Wildlife Namibia

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area

Kunene River Lodge

n great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges

Mopane Camp

A campsite near the village of Opuwo

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community

Fly Drive Safari | Namibia