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Flap-neck Chameleons

Chameleons | Namibia

Introduction: The flap-neck chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) is so called because of the presence of occipital (on the back of the head) flaps. When this species is threatened the fun begins. The body becomes inflated, the throat extends in all directions, the occipital flaps are raised the mouth opens to reveal a beautiful, but somewhat frightening red-orange lining. They will bite and are feared by tribal people. These actions when the flap-neck chameleon feels threatened are the subject of many traditional stories by locals. They are not poisonous though. Predators are mainly snakes such as the boomslang and twig snakes, but also include monkeys and birds such as the crowned hornbill.

Distribution: Northern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Rundu to Victoria Falls and the northern Kalahari Desert.

Diet: Insects such as grasshoppers and beetles.

Colouring: Varies from pale yellow to green shades to brown. The belly crest is white. They turn blue-white at night, which makes them easier to find.

Breeding: Mating lasts for about an hour, not bad for such little creatures and eggs take 3 to 4 months to develop. Females construct a tunnel in damp soil and eggs are laid in March to May.

Size: SVL 120 to 140mm. Max SVL 150mm.

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

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