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Black Necked spitting cobra

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Black-necked spitting cobras (Naja nigricollis) are nocturnal but more aquatic than other species of cobra. It is a nervous creature displaying the characteristic open hood and spits. Venom yields are high and fatal to humans and bites in Northern Namibia are common.

Distribution: Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) with a subspecies (N.n. Nigricinta) common to central and northern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Swakopmund. Another subspecies (N.n. woodi) is found in southern Namibia extending to the Orange River, except for the Namib Desert.

Diet: Toads, lizards, grasshoppers and rodents.

Colouring: Olive brown to black back, a yellow to red belly and a broad, dark, throat band.

Breeding: Females lay between 10 and 20 eggs.

Size: Max SVL male 1.5m, female 2m.

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