Did you know the Black-footed Cat in Namibia is threatened by extinction?

If you haven’t heard about this wild cat before, the Black-footed Cat is the smallest wildcat species in Africa. And while most conservation programmes focus on big cats, this little guy is under just as much threat.

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It may look like an adorable house cat, but rest assured this little beast can take care of itself. The Felisnigripes only stands about 20cm tall and weighs around 1-2.5kg. They have soft dark-goldish fur with a spotted pattern across their bodies. Usually they have two dark streaks across their cheeks and dark striping across their legs.

These little creatures have adapted to the desert lifestyle. Their broad skull and large ears allow them enhanced hearing to find prey in a scarce region. And they have hair on the soles of their paws to protect them from the heat of the sand.

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Found mostly in Namibia, South Africa and Botswana, the Black-footed cat prefers grass plains, sand plains, and scrub desert, including the Kalahari and Karoo Deserts. Legends have claimed that these little cats can bring down a giraffe. Obviously it is not true, but it does reflect the great determination of these felines.

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While the cats are usually solitary animals, females and dependent kittens do stay together for a while. Kittens stick with their mothers for up to four months and stick to their mom’s vicinity for quite some time thereafter.

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The major threat to these little cats includes overgrazing livestock. This reduces their availability of prey. Poison in carcasses, as these creatures scavenge like jackals. The public is also encouraged not to keep these cats as pets. They are wild animals after all.

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When visiting the Kalahari Anib Lodge, keep an eye out for these awesome creatures.

If you have any information or stories on the Black-footed Cat, we invite you to share them in the comment section below.

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

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Did you know travelling to Namibia will improve your health?

We all like to dream of travelling to far off places. We see a photograph, or hear a story and the planning starts. Although, sometimes the planning doesn’t materialize.

What if I told you there are legitimate health benefits to travelling? I kid you not. Travelling helps to boost your immune system by exposing you to new environments. And it also reduces stress and improves brain health. Need I continue?

"Game drives in Namibia feel like traveling on another planet." Rights to The World Pursuit

“Game drives in Namibia feel like traveling on another planet.” Rights to The World Pursuit

Now that we have confirmed the health benefits of traveling… here is why Namibia should be your number one choice. We want you to be healthy, after all.

Fresh air. Namibia’s magnificent, wide open spaces will offer you the breath of fresh air your body so desperately needs.

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When you stand at the lookout point of the Fish River Canyon or feel the sea breeze in your hair… that is what fresh air tastes like. And while you’re there, check out any of our Canyon properties or The Delight in Swakopmund.

"A walker rests his feet on his rucksack as the waves roll in" Rights to Judy & Scott Hurd

“A walker rests his feet on his rucksack as the waves roll in”
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And the ultimate selling point – travelling will let you live longer! Or so research claims. This is because you are more active while travelling. And the above mentioned benefits are not to be forgotten. Namibia offers all the experiences you need to be active and healthy. (i.e. live longer!)

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“Walking in the Sossousvlei area at mid day”
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Grab an e-bike at Kalahari Anib Lodge and ride along the Kalahari dunes. For those who do not cycle, don’t worry, the bikes are battery operated. This makes the cycling less strenuous and more enjoyable.

"Guests can now rent electric fat-bikes to pedal through the Gondwana Kalahari Park on selected routes."

“Guests can now rent electric fat-bikes to pedal through the Gondwana Kalahari Park on selected routes.”

Or head all the way north and walk along the Kwando River from the Namushasha River Lodge to visit the Heritage Centre. See the natural beauty from a new perspective while staying healthy and active.

Namushasha Heritage Centre

Namushasha Heritage Centre

Travel to Namibia and feel the everyday stress melt away as you are lost in the natural wonder of the country. Stay healthy and have the travel experience of a lifetime, in Namibia.

Share your Namibian experiences with us in the comment section below!

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

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Why you should visit the Kalahari Farmhouse

Working for Gondwana definitely has its perks, and sitting on my own little terrace in front of my room with a refreshing drink in hand… it is obvious that life cannot get much better than this. In the past week, my work took me to The Kalahari Farmhouse.

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Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

"comfortably located in the small town of Stampriet"

“comfortably located in the small town of Stampriet”

A small lodge owned by the Gondwana Collection, comfortably located in the small town of Stampriet.

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Image: Micheal Spencer

Image: Micheal Spencer

Image: Micheal Spencer

Currently the lodge is closed to the public as it is the home of the Gondwana Training Academy.

Courses have been offered over the past few weeks, ranging from maintenance and bartending, to cooking. And thanks to the role I play in the grand scheme of things, I got to break away from the hustle of the city.

Kalahari Farmhouse is by far my favourite Gondwana property. Simply because it does not try, it does not need to.

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Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

The entire property, from the vineyards that run along the road as you approach, to the smiling managers as they meet you at the entrance, is effortless.

When you walk through the entry way toward reception, it is easy to forget that you are in the Kalahari. Instantly, you feel transported into another world, an enchanted forest.

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“When you walk through the entry way toward reception” – Kalahari Farmhouse

I always wait for the garden faeries to come dancing across the tree branches. The Farmhouse garden is stunning in a way that is difficult to explain.

Massive palm trees stretching into the blue sky, with their giant branches lacing through the branches of other ancient trees. You are immediately sheltered from the harsh desert heat.

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“Massive palm trees stretching into the blue sky” – Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

The sound of bubbling water is a constant companion as the artesian well pushes the water up to the surface and small channels lead the fresh waters to the farm gardens.

And when you walk into the main building, you cannot help but feel at home.

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Lounge at Kalahari Farmhouse – Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

Your great grandmother’s piano is placed in the foyer and as you walk into the bar lounge, large, leather couches invite you into their embrace.

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Bar area st Kalahari Farmhouse – Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

Something I have always been adamant about, it that I don’t want a hotel or lodge to feel like home… I want to feel comfortable and welcome, but it should definitely not be a second home. But here, you are home.

It’s not that anything looks like a house or that it is boring or traditional.

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Rather that you cannot help but feel at ease and comfortably content when you are there. And this is exactly how I found myself on my little terrace, sitting in a rocking chair with the lodge cat snoozing on the seat beside mine, watching the summer rain drip down the edge of the terrace roof.

Kalahari Farmhouse is truly a special place and is always there to welcome you with open arms when the city life gets too much.

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Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

The lodge will be open to the public again at the end of April, and I look forward to getting back to my little terrace as soon as possible.

If you have ever been to Farmhouse, please share your experience with us in the comment section below.

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

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