Snakes | Namibia
Introduction: The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) is a large snake with huge eyes and round pupils on a large head. Boomslangs are dangerous, but shy reptiles, preferring to hunt during the day. They have excellent eyesight which helps them to catch their victims. This species will inflate the neck to expose brightly coloured skin when cornered and may strike. The amount of venom injected is a very small amount but is potent and can cause death by haemorrhage. Symptoms may not develop for 24 to 28hrs and a specific anti-venom is required to treat this snakebite. Their preferred habitat is open bush and savannah.
Distribution: From the Windhoek region extending north through Etosha National Park, extending east along the Angolan border as far east along the Caprivi Strip and into the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Diet: Small vertibrates such as chameleons and birds.
Colouring: The head is dark brown above and white below with emerald-green eyes and a yellow throat. Males are either a leafy-green colour with a light green belly or bright green or yellow with black-edged scales.
Breeding: Mating occurs in spring and females usually lay up to 25 eggs per litter. They are laid in tree hollows and incubation takes between 2 to 3 months.
Size: Max SVL male 1.3m, female 1.25m.
A mid market lodge, situated on the Ongava Private Reserve, just south of the Andersson entrance to Etosha.
On a small hill on the extreme western side of Etosha - Dolomite is the newest (and fifth camp) to open within the park boundries. It is a small personal lodge as opposed to the traditional resort feel of the other camps within the park.
Value for money accommodation in a well designed tented camp
Traditional slightly formal up-market lodge. Situated on same property as Eagle Tented Camp
Budget accommodation, close to the Anderson Gate
Within 10km of the Etosha entrance this mid-range lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the park
40 Room lodge only 4km from the park. Offers self catering units and a restaurant
Situated just north of the town of Outjo around 90km south of the Park
One of the five camps situated inside the park, generally less popular with visitors than Okaukuejo or Namutoni but has the advantage of a secluded quiet spot lit waterhole
Luxury accommodation, each unit with private pool, great place to spoil yourself. Guided tours on private nature reserve and inside Etosha Park
Value for money self drive option situated 32km from the park
Extremely busy accommodation inside the park with a good spot-lit waterhole, great choice if location is deciding factor on where to stay
Upmarket accommodation, situated on private game reserve with easy access to the National Park
On the same property as Ongava Lodge, but offering a more traditional tented safari style experience
A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population
Once called Etosha Gateway lodge this is a budget accommodation option which has recently been renovated.