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Snouted Cobra

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: The snouted cobra (Naja annulifera) is a nocturnal reptile that is partial to a bit of sun bathing in the morning sunshine on old termite mounds. Adults are aggressive and will bite each other, spreading the legendary broad hood when threatened. They will sham death if cornered.

This species is a non-spitter and usually goes for the lower leg of humans, at night. A burning pain and slight swelling follows with neurological symptoms after ending in respiratory failure and ultimately death. The venom yield of this snake is fatal with a victim requiring large doses of anti venom for survival.

Distribution: Central Namibia from Windhoek extending northwards through Etosha National Park to the northern regions of the country including Rundu and as far east as Victoria Falls and south to the Okavango Delta.

Diet: Toads, other snakes and enjoys a decent day out in a poultry run. Large adults like puff adders.

Colouring: Yellow-grey to brown or blue-black with a yellowish belly with dark blotches. It has a dark throat.

Breeding: Females lay between 8 and 33 oval eggs in loose soil or old termite mounds in early summer.

Size: Max SVL male 2.1m, female 2m.

Auas Safari Lodge

A privately owned game farm, with a good variety of wildlife just a short distance south of Windhoek.

Daan Viljoen Game Park

Newly built lodge in a small well stocked game reserve west of Windhoek

Dusternbrook Guest Farm

This lodge is very popular amongst those seeking leopard and cheetah viewing close to Windhoek. Regular feedings guarantee great sightings and photographic opportunities

Elisenheim Guest Farm

A relaxing lodge in the Eros Mountains (named after a local fruit and not the goddess of love) around 30km north of the city

Etango Ranch Guest Farm

Opposite the Windhoek International Airport, close enough to be extremely convenient but far enough away that planes are not a distraction. Great for those arriving late or leaving early, as cuts out the 45km drive from Windhoek/

Gocheganas Nature Reserve

One of Namibia's most popular spas with the added bonus of top game viewing.

Hohewarte Guest Farm

Between Windhoek and the International Airport lies this interesting cattle & game farm

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

family friendly, mid range lodge in rural location

Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary

a wildlife sanctuary offering quality accommodation in a tranquil environment

Okapuka Lodge

Large lodge on a large well stocked game farm


On a large private game farm close to the Windhoek International Airport, ideal for those not wanting to travel into Windhoek before or after their arrival in Namibia

Onjala Lodge

Offering horse riding, spa treatments and two swimming pools, this is a good family lodge

River Crossing Lodge

a few kilometers east of Windhoek this lodge offers unsurpassed views of the city from a setting in the Auas Mountains

Windhoek Game Camp

20km north of the city, this tented lodge offers a quality self catering experience surrounded by the veld and wildlife