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Vervet Monkey

wildlife of Namibia

ntroduction: The vervet monkey (Cercopithecus pygerythrus) is a predominately savannah woodland species, generally absent from open scrubland and open grass. They will penetrate totally unsuitable terrain, to settle along rivers and streams that provide fruit-bearing trees. This adventurous streak accounts for commando-style raids on lodges and campsites. The vervet are highly social animals, and occur in well-organized troops. The dominance hierarchy within the troop is maintained by threat and aggression. Fighting is one-sided and non-retaliatory. When a subordinate member is bitten, it redirects its anger to the next member down the order.

Distribution: In Namibia the vervet monkey is found around the Orange River, in the north eastern Caprivi Region and the rocky hills in the Grootfontein and Tsumeb districts.

Diet: Vervet monkeys tend to be omnivorous, feeding on fruit, flowers, leaves and insects, which constitutes the bulk of their diet. It is unusual even when hungry to swallow food directly after chewing, and it is usually stored in their cheek pouches.

Colouring: Silver - grey hair and black face fringed with white. The male vervet has a bright blue scrotum, an important symbol of its status in the troop, as a green one is a sign of immaturity!

Breeding: Female vervet monkeys do not pass from male to male during their 'receptive period'. They are a seasonal breeder with single young born between March and May after a gestation period of 140 days. Troops will accept strange young juveniles.

Size: Males have a mass of 6kg and measure 1.1m in length. Females are slightly smaller and weigh only 4kg.

Wildlife Namibia

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Dornhugel Guest Farm

Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia

Fiume Lodge

Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Gabus Game Ranch

Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders

Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm

Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves are an excellent opportunity to get dirty while exploring a fascinating cave system - the lodge provides a guide and necessary equipment

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge

Khorab Safari Lodge

A convenient stop close to Otavi

Kupferquelle Resort

Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and Olympic sized pool in Tsumeb

Makalani Hotel

Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.

Minen Hotel

A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.


Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide

Ohange Lodge

10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi

Paradise Rest camp

a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region

Peace Garden Lodge

Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein

Roy's Camp

An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation

!Uris Safari Lodge

Situated 20km west of Tsumeb

Zum Potjie

Between Otavi and Tsumeb.

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia