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Giant plated Lizard

Lizards | Namibia

Introduction: The giant plated lizard (Gerrhosaurus validus) is a large lizard, identifiable because of a flattened head and body. The live in rocks, preferring the upper slopes of large granite koppies where they are fairly common. As they are shy creatures, getting close is difficult as is catching them. A safety feature is the ability to jam themselves in between cracks in the rock by inflating the body.

Distribution: North-west Namibia from Windhoek to the south Angolan border, less for the Namib Desert.

Diet: Invertebrates and vegetable matter such flowers, leaves and soft fruit such as figs. They have also be known to eat small lizards and at times baby tortoises.

Colouring: The back is dark-brown to black with a dirty white throat and light brown belly.

Breeding: Females lay an average of 4 large, oval eggs around mid-summer in rock crevices that contain soil.

Size: SVL 200 to 250mm. Max SVL 285mm.

Auas Safari Lodge

A privately owned game farm, with a good variety of wildlife just a short distance south of Windhoek.

Daan Viljoen Game Park

Newly built lodge in a small well stocked game reserve west of Windhoek

Dusternbrook Guest Farm

This lodge is very popular amongst those seeking leopard and cheetah viewing close to Windhoek. Regular feedings guarantee great sightings and photographic opportunities

Elisenheim Guest Farm

A relaxing lodge in the Eros Mountains (named after a local fruit and not the goddess of love) around 30km north of the city

Etango Ranch Guest Farm

Opposite the Windhoek International Airport, close enough to be extremely convenient but far enough away that planes are not a distraction. Great for those arriving late or leaving early, as cuts out the 45km drive from Windhoek/

Gocheganas Nature Reserve

One of Namibia's most popular spas with the added bonus of top game viewing.

Hohewarte Guest Farm

Between Windhoek and the International Airport lies this interesting cattle & game farm

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

family friendly, mid range lodge in rural location

Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary

a wildlife sanctuary offering quality accommodation in a tranquil environment

Okapuka Lodge

Large lodge on a large well stocked game farm


On a large private game farm close to the Windhoek International Airport, ideal for those not wanting to travel into Windhoek before or after their arrival in Namibia

Onjala Lodge

Offering horse riding, spa treatments and two swimming pools, this is a good family lodge

River Crossing Lodge

a few kilometers east of Windhoek this lodge offers unsurpassed views of the city from a setting in the Auas Mountains

Windhoek Game Camp

20km north of the city, this tented lodge offers a quality self catering experience surrounded by the veld and wildlife

Luderitz Accommodation