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Giant Bullfrog

Frogs | Namibia

Introduction: The bullfrog or giant pyxie (Pyxicephalus adspersus adspersus) is the largest frog in Namibia. They prefer a habitat of open grass or bush country at both low and high altitudes. When the bullfrog is disturbed it will blow itself up and attack with open jaws, giving a nasty bite. Bullfrogs are heavily built amphibians with a wide head and strong jaw bones. Their call is similar to cattle lowing and large numbers will call day or night, collectively.

Their short and powerful legs are equipped with a 'shovel feature' on each heel for digging. They have the ability to burrow into the ground using a backward, shuffling movement. The Ovambo people are known to eat and treat the bullfrog as a great delicacy.

Distribution: Etosha National Park and throughout the country less for the Namib Desert and the southern regions of the country.

Diet: Omnivorous. You name it, if it moves it will eat it! Rats, reptiles, small birds, insects, scorpions, crabs, snails and even other frogs.

Colouring: Varied from green to olive to brown, with darker spots or markings with occasional back stripes, skin folds.

Breeding: Large numbers collect in shallow pools to breed starting with the first spring rains until midsummer. Mating pairs crawl about laying eggs in spurts. Three to four thousand eggs are laid in shallow water. They are black at one pole and dirty white at the other, encased in jelly capsules 4mm long. Tadpoles and juveniles have been found in the stomachs of adults and baby bullfrogs have been known to eat each other.

Maximum size: 245mm.

Anderssons Camp

A mid market lodge, situated on the Ongava Private Reserve, very close to the main, Andersson, entrance to Etosha Park

Dolomite Camp

On a small hill on the extreme western side of Etosha - Dolomite is the newest (and fifth camp) to open within the park boundaries. It is a smaller lodge as opposed to the traditional resort feel of the other camps within the park

Eagle Tented Camp

Value for money accommodation in a well designed tented camp

Epacha Game Lodge and Spa

Traditional slightly formal up-market lodge. Situated on same property as Eagle Tented Camp

Etosha Safari Camp

Only 10km's from the park, Etosha Safari Camp offers good quality budget accommodation

Etosha Safari Lodge

Within 10km of the Etosha entrance this mid-range lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the park

Etosha Village

40 Room lodge only 4km from the park. Offers self catering units and a restaurant

Etotongwe Lodge

Situated just north of the town of Outjo around 90km south of the Park

Halali

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

Hobatere Lodge

On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area

Little Ongava

Luxury accommodation, each unit with private pool, great place to spoil yourself. Guided tours on private nature reserve and inside Etosha Park

Mondjila Safari Camp

Value for money self drive option situated 32km from the park

Mopane Village Etosha

Accommodation in permanently erected tents, 14km south of the park

Okaukuejo

Extremely popular and busy accommodation inside the park with a good spot-lit waterhole, great choice if location is deciding factor on where to stay

Olifantsrus Campsite

A brand new campsite inside Etosha Park. No accommodation is available here and this only caters for self-sufficient campers. A highlight of the camp is the unique hide which overlooks the camps waterhole

Ongava Lodge

Upmarket accommodation, situated on private game reserve with easy access to the National Park

Ongava Tented Camp

On the same property as Ongava Lodge, but offering a more traditional tented safari style experience

Toshari Lodge

Once called Etosha Gateway lodge this is a budget accommodation option which has recently been renovated.

Vreugde Guest Farm

This small family owned and managed guest farm is situated in easy driving distance of Etosha. The tranquil gardens and homely atmosphere make for a relaxed stay far from the crowds of the more commercial lodges

Lodges at Sossusvlei