Kalahari Tent Tortoise
Tortoises | Namibia
Introduction: The Kalahari Tent Tortoise (Psammobates oculiferus) is so called because of its preference for habitats in the desert of the same name. It can be found in woodland and north central thorn bush and savannah regions mentioned in the distribution section. It avoids the dryer western and north-western regions of the country. Peak foraging periods are in the morning, decreasing in the late afternoon and early evening.
Diet: The Kalahari Tent Tortoise feeds on a large variety of plants, with over 30 species having been recorded. Herbs such as the milk bush and slender dwarf morning glory are a favourite.
Colouring: The convex carapace has a unique set of serrated shields that usually curl upwards at the rear region. They are usually yellowish on a black background that form eye-like patterns which are more easily identified on the sides of the shell.
Breeding: The incubation period is not known on this species but females lay clutches of 1 or 2 eggs and a single egg in the summer rainy season.
Weight: 366g. Females are bigger than males and have a shell that is more rounded and consequently higher than those of the male.
Dangers and predators: San Bushmen who sell juvenile shells to tourists as decorated snuff or perfume containers. Predators include hyenas, honey badgers, mongooses, jackals, secretary birds and eagles.
10 bedroom guest house near the main B1 road in Mariental
Large; budget friendly 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
Interested in gliding? Then this is the lodge for you
On the private Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.
Really only suitable for fisherman - until renovations happen it is probably best not to subject yourself to this.
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
New addition to the area - small well run lodge in an attractive area
A 12 room lodge situated in a nature reseve and set amongst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert
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.
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.