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Variable skink

Skinks | Namibia

Introduction: The medium-sized variable skinks (Mabuya varia) can be found on grassland, dry and savannah type habitats. They forage on broken ground, climbing on the bases of trees and rocks in search of food, which is ambushed when they dash from under cover.

Distribution: North-eastern Namibia such as Tsumkwe, Otjiwarongo and Grootfontein areas. The northern range stops around the Rundu area.

Diet: Insects such as grasshoppers, caterpillars and termites. Spiders and at times lizards are preyed upon.

Colouring: Variable colours (hence the name) such as black, olive, pale brown or red-brown. At times the back has black spots although there is always a distinct, while lateral stripe down the backbone and on the upper sides. The belly is bluish-white.

Breeding: Females give birth to small broods of between 2 to 4 babies. Some mothers have given birth to up to 10 young though. Incubation periods are around 60 days. Females also live longer than males.

Size: Max SVL 65mm.

Dornhugel Guest Farm

Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia

Fiume Lodge

Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Gabus Game Ranch

Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders

Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm

Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves are an excellent opportunity to get dirty while exploring a fascinating cave system - the lodge provides a guide and necessary equipment

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge

Khorab Safari Lodge

A convenient stop close to Otavi

Kupferquelle Resort

Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and Olympic sized pool in Tsumeb

Makalani Hotel

Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.

Minen Hotel

A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.


Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide

Ohange Lodge

10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi

Paradise Rest camp

a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region

Peace Garden Lodge

Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein

Roy's Camp

An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation

!Uris Safari Lodge

Situated 20km west of Tsumeb

Zum Potjie

Between Otavi and Tsumeb.

Kaokoland Accommodation