wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: The striped polecat (Ictonyx striatus) is one of the most easily recognisable of the small carnivores on account of their long hair in a distinctive black and white pattern. It has a powerful weapon when defending itself against its enemies - nauseating fluid fired from its anal glands. The long-lasting, clinging smell is a timely reminder against interference and the striped polecat is best avoided.
Distribution: The striped polecat can be found throughout Namibia, but are difficult to spot because of their terrestrial, nocturnal and solitary habits.
Diet: Insects and mice are the 2 principal foods, but they will also eat reptiles, birds, spiders and scorpions.
Colouring: Distinct black and white stripes derived from an overall jet black colour, with a series of 4 bands of pure white, which run the length of the upper parts of the base to the tail.
Breeding: Young tend to be born in the wet, warm summer months and usually in January – March in Namibia. It is more than likely that if a female successfully rears a litter, she will not produce a second. If the young die at an early age, she will mate again. Gestation periods are around 36 days with litters of between 1-3.
Size: Males weigh just under 1kg and are 60cm in length including the tail. Females are slightly shorter and smaller in size.
A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.
Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland
North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.