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I have been to Namibia twice. In May 2008 I spent 9 days there on a family holiday with my two small kids. In December 2017 I spent 4 days on the back of a work trip looking for bats, rats and a Black Mongoose.
Namibia is large and wonderfully sparsely populated. It is an easy country to travel round, with friendly people, wonderful scenery, good roads, little crime and prolific wildlife. Accommodation can be a bit more expensive than in South Africa, though there are some fabulous places to say.
The landscape – and adventure – reminds me very much of outback Australia.
Arnhem Cave, Namibia’s largest cave system, is an hour from Windhoek Airport ands well worth a visit if you are interested in bats. In three hours here in 2017 I saw Striped and Sundevall’s Leaf-nosed Bats, Dent’s and Damara’s Horsehoe Bats, Natal Long-fingered Bats and Egyptian Slit-faced Bats.
I spent the night at the nearby Eningu Lodge and saw Steenbok, Warthog, Black-tailed Tree Rats, Bushveld Gerbil, Cape Serotine Bats and Southern Multimammate Mouse.
Erongo is a beautiful lodge, nestled among boulders on a rocky plateau. I visited here in both 2008 and 2017.
Black Mongooses are seen every few days (but not by me). Rock Hyraxes are abundant, and it is a great place to get a good look at a Dassie Rat. Im 2008 I saw a Western (Smith’s) Rock Elephant Shrew, Damara Dik-Diks, Chacma Baboons, an African Wild Cat, Kudu, Cape Hares and Small Spotted Genet. In 2017 I caught several Namaqua Rock Mice and a Pygmy Rock Mouse.
Etosha National Park
I spent a couple of nights here in 2008. One of Africa’s finest national parks, helped by the fact you can drive yourself around.
Mammals included Springbok, Gemsbok, Burchell’s Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Black-faced Impala , Steenbok, Red Hartebeest , Kudus, Giraffe, Lions, African Wild Cat, Cape Fox, Yellow Mongoose, Black-backed Jackals, Spotted Hyenas, South African Ground Squirrels, Black Rhinos, White Rhinos and Elephants.
I spent a night here in 2008.
We saw Mountain Ground Squirrels, Klipspringer, Hartmann’s Mountain Zebras, Springboks, Gemsboks, Giraffes, Black-backed Jackals, Cape Hare, an African Wildcat, Cape Fox, Jameson’s Rock Rabbit, Klipspringers and Striped Tree Squirrels.
I spent a night at Roidina Nature Farm in 2017. At some rocks nearby there were Dassie Rats, many Western Rock Elephant Shrews, Slender Mongoose, Rock Hyrax and Namaqua Rock Mice.
On the farm there were Bushveld Gerbils, Damara Dik Diks, Bush Duikers and Cape Hares.
The Skeleton Coast
A night here in 2008 produced Gemsbok, Springbok and Black-backed Jackals
I stopped in here in 2008 to see South African Fur Seals and look for Brown Hyenas. No hyenas but there were several Black-backed Jackals at the colony, and a Hairy-footed Gerbil on the beach at Jackkalsputz that night.
I spent a night at Spitzkoppe in 2017. A beautiful place to camp and the best place I know to see a Black Mongoose. Rock Dassies and South African Ground Squirrels are common and a brief spotlight produced Steenbok, Spring Hares and Cape Hares.
Tandala Ridge, is a great spot to poke around and look for small mammals.During a day or two here in 2008 we saw Kudu, Warthogs, Damara (Kirk’s) Dik-Diks, Egyptian Slit Faced Bats, Stone Dormice (in the rooms), Namaqua Rock Mouse and Kaokeveld Rock Dassie’s (Procavia capensis welwiitschii).