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Mozambique spitting cobra

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: The Mozambique spitting cobra (Naja mossambica) is one of the more dangerous of cobras. It prefers a habitat common to lowveld regions and instances of them foraging around houses at night are not uncommon. They will spread their broad hood and spit when threatened. This species produces enormous amounts of dilute venom which it will spray at an intruders eyes, causing intense pain. Treatment might include skin grafts. Fatalities are exceptionally rare though.

Distribution: Savannah regions of north east Namibia including Etosha National Park, the Kavango and Caprivi regions, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls.

Diet: Rodents, lizards, toads and grasshoppers.

Colouring: The upper body is pale grey to dark olive with each scale edged in black. The belly is pink to yellow.

Breeding: Females lay between 10 to 22 small eggs in summer.

Size: Max SVL male 1.3, female 1.3m.

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