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The Ornate Frog

Frogs | Namibia

Introduction: The ornate frog (Hildebrandtia ornata) prefers a habitat of open bushveld, avoiding dense woodland and rocky terrain. They are a squat, heavily built amphibian that is very attractively marked, hence the name. Calls are a long, nasal squawk, with large choruses forming after the onset of rain.

Distribution: Etosha National Park, the Kavango region and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip).

Diet: Insects.

Colouring: A dark brown body is covered with light-chocolate markings over the nose and between the eyes and wide green and light brown stripes over the back and legs. Additional blotches adorn the back. From the eye to the mouth is a characteristic, white, brown striped line.

Breeding: Ornate frogs begin breeding on the shallow edges of pools or vleis after the rains have begun. Tadpoles are large and remain in the water until the large tail disappears with growth.

Maximum size: 70mm.

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

Lodges at Sossusvlei