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Puff adder

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: The puff adder (Bitis arietans) is the most common adder in southern Africa causing over 70% of serious snakebites in the region. They have long fangs which enable them to inject venom deeply into their victim, with most bites being recorded in the lower leg of humans, usually after they've been trodden on. Fatalities are low, but death usually results from kidney failure and other complications resulting from excessive swelling. It is essential to get medical treatment as soon as possible. The venom is cytotoxic.

They are a heavily built snake that has a large, flattened, triangular head with large nostrils pointing vertically upwards. They emerge at dusk and will lie in cover to ambush their prey. Puff adders move in 'caterpillar' style and often climb into low shrub to bask. They can swim and can often be seen lying on roads at night to take advantage of the extra heat.

Distribution: Throughout Namibia including Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Kalahari Desert and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) extending to Victoria Falls. It is absent from the coastal regions of the Namib Desert.

Diet: Rodents, birds and at times other snakes.

Colouring: The body is yellow-brown to light brown with dark chevrons on the back and bars on the tail. The belly is white or yellow.

Breeding: Large litters consisting of between 20 to 40 young are born in late summer.

Size: Max SVL male 1,090mm, female 1,700mm.

Agama River Camp

Lovely rooms with rooftop terraces or a choice of campsites around 45km north of Sesriem

Desert Camp

Competitively priced self catering lodge - very close to the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park

Desert Homestead

Mid-range accommodation offering some of the best value for money in the area. Horse riding an added activity

Desert Homestead Outpost

A new addition on the same property as the Desert Homestead. Hiking & riding are popular activities here

Desert Quiver Camp

Well equipped rooms with self catering kitchens only 5 kilometers from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei. Kitchen utensils can be rented on site

Elegant Desert Lodge

A budget choice, catering for both larger groups and individual travellers

Dune Star Camp | Hiking

These rustic wooden cabins can only be reached as part of a guided walking trail originating at Namib Desert Lodge. perfect for those wanting to explore the desert on foot

Greenfire Desert Lodge

A small intimate lodge in an amazing part of the Namib Desert. While the lodge can be used as a base from which to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei, the tranquil and beautiful environment make it a destination in it's own right

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Mid range lodge located only 22km from the Sesriem gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park

Kulala Desert Lodge

Up-market lodge with private entrance to the dunes at Sossusvlei

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa

Moroccan inspired architecture seems strangely out of place in Namibia. The location, spa and general amenities are good.

Little Kulala

Luxury lodge with guided tour to the dunes using the lodges own private entrance, excellent choice for those looking for a little extra luxury

Little Sossus Lodge

Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei

Moon Mountain Lodge

A new hotel with raised rooms built on wooden platforms 40km from Sesriem

Namib Desert Lodge

Budget choice, fairly far from the dunes and next to the fossil dune cliffs

Namib Naukluft Lodge

Good solid choice, on a beautiful property some distance from the park entrance

Sesriem Campsite

This campsite offer the closest place to stay to the dunes - camping only

Soft Adventure Camp

A combination of permanent structures and canvas make this an interesting choice for the budget conscious traveller

Sossus Dune Lodge

The only lodge inside the borders of the national park. Allows for extra early visits to the Sossusvlei dunes

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and top of the range guiding

Sossusvlei Lodge

Large establishment right next to the Sesriem Campsite, best for keeping driving to a minimum

Weltevrede Rest Camp

A friendly owner run lodge offering excellent value for money. Rooms have private veranda's offering views of sunsets over the Namib Desert dunes & spot-lit waterhole.