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Cape File Snake

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Cape file snakes (Mehelya capensis) are a large species that can be found in a mainly savannah type region.

All File Snakes are harmless to humans, lacking both venom glands and fangs. Females are always larger than males. This species is docile, will never bite, but does get a bit on the restless side when handled, and expect them to open their bowels when caught.

Distribution: Spitzkoppe, Brandberg Mountain, Etosha Pan, Rundu and along the Caprivi Strip to Victoria Falls.

Diet: Other snakes including venomous species, whom it appears to be immune from their bites. They are partial to plated lizards.

Colouring: A grey-brown upper body with white or yellow vertical stripes. The belly is off-white.

Breeding: Females lay between 5 and 13 large eggs, usually in leaf litters. Two clutches are produced in summer.

Size: Max SVL male 1.2m, female 1.6m.

Divava Okavango Lodge

An upmarket lodge and spa on the banks of the Kavango River. The only traditional luxury lodge on this stretch of river

Hakusembe River Lodge

A well run lodge offering good facilities situated close to the town of Rundu

Kaisosi River Lodge

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Kavango River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the river (hence the name) in Rundu

Mahangu Safari Lodge

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Ngepi Camp

A rustic river side campsite and lodge offering excellent value for money. A lively bar and restaurant ensures this appeals to the younger or more socially inclined traveller

Nunda Lodge

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Ndhovu Lodge

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Popa Falls Rest Camp

Close to the Popa Falls (a series of rapids on the Kavango River), this rest camp was renovated in 2013

Rainbow River Lodge

on the Kavango River banks this lodge offers plenty of water based activities

RiverDance Lodge

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Sarasungu River Lodge

On a beautiful plot of indigenous plants and trees overlooking the river

Shamvura Camp

One of the best lodges for birders visiting Namibia - but also great for fishing, chilling or generally becoming part of the family (the family consists of a host of creatures including goats, otters and guinefowls all lovingly adopted by the owners)

Taranga Safari Lodge

A small lodge a short distance west of Rundu. The rooms have river views and guests can choose from a range of activities