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.
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.
Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia
Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a realxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders
Initially a christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves nearby are well worth a visit
Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge
A convenient stop close to Otavi
Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and olympic sized pool in Tsumeb
Situated near the centre of Tsumeb this is a popular 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
10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi
An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation
Situated 20km west of Tsumeb
Between Otavi and Tsumeb.