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Woosnam's Desert Rat

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: Richard Bowen Woosnam (1880-1915) was a British soldier, traveller and naturalist. In 1903, after serving in the army during the South African War, he started collecting animals for the British Museum for Natural History and the Zoological Society of London. One such specimen was Woosnam's desert rat (Zelotomys woosnami).

It is an agile climber and occurs on open shrub found on sandy ground, scattered with Acacia, Grewia and Terminilia trees, which they jump from branch to branch using the tail to balance. They live in holes dug under shrubs and trees and sometimes occupy burrows made by gerbils.

Distribution: Semi-arid regions of the Kalahari Desert and savannah woodland areas of north and eastern Namibia, but not beyond the Kunene or Zambezi Rivers.

Diet: Grass seeds and insects.

Colouring: Fine and silky drab grey fur, with black pencilling and plain, paler flanks. Upper surfaces of hands and feet, tail and belly are white.

Breeding: Pups are born from December to March with litters numbering from between 5 and 11. Pink at birth, hair grows by day 6, incisors between 10 and 12 days and ears and eyes open by day 16. Activity by the pups increases from this day.

Size: Total head and body length is 138mm. Tail 115mm. Weight: 57g.

Wildlife Namibia

Africa Safari Lodge

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

Anandi Mariental Guesthouse

10 bedroom guest house near the main B1 road in Mariental

Auob Lodge

Large; budget friendly lodge.

Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge

Excellent lodge in the Kalahari Desert, offers accommodation in units made of straw bales or wood. Bagatelle proves to be consistently popular with guests

Bitterwasser Lodge & Flying Center

Interested in gliding? Then this is the lodge for you

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

On the private Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.

Hardap Dam Resort

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

Kalahari Anib Lodge

Tends to cater for larger groups, but the low rates make it attractive for those looking to save some money.

Indigo Self Catering

Small self catering establishment in the Kalahari town of Stampriet

Kalahari Farmhouse

A small well run lodge near the scenic village of Stampriet

Kalahari Game Lodge

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

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

A 12 room lodge situated in a nature reserve and set amongst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert

Lapa Lange Game Lodge

Only a few kilometers from Mariental this magnificent game lodge is a green oasis in the Kalahari Desert. A wildlife breeding program means several rare buck species can be found on the lodge's game farm

Stampriet Historical Guest House

A wonderful owner managed guest house in the village of Stampriet. An eclectic mix of local antiques & warm hospitality enhance your stay

Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal which inhabits the Kalahari - we do not know why this lodge is named after them. Perhaps if you stay here and find out you can tell us and then we can make this slightly more descriptive

Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge

A tented lodge, built on the small red dunes of the Kalahari Desert.

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

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.

Fly Drive Safari | Namibia