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Southern African Python

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Southern African pythons (Python natalensis) are the longest and heaviest pythons found in Namibia. They can often be found basking after feeding and will enter water to lie in wait for prey. They can also dive into deeps pools with the ability to stay underwater for long periods. They prefer a habitat of open savannah regions, usually rocky areas and riverine scrub. They are absent from true desert and dense rain forest.

They have the ability to swallow very large prey which is ambushed usually at night before it is constricted. This also includes human beings, although this is a rare occurrence. They are vulnerable to attack from the African wild dog and hyenas when they are swollen with prey. Although they can make good pets, some species do not hesitate to lunge out and give you a nasty bite. They have very large teeth and can rip out your skin and inflict pain.

Distribution: Zambezi and Kunene river valleys extending into the Okavango Delta.

Diet: Small buck and monkeys, fish, monitors and crocodiles.

Colouring: A grey-green or grey-brown body with dark blotches on to and isolated bands/blotches on the flanks. The belly is white with dark speckles.

Breeding: Females lay large eggs (the size of an orange) in disused termite nests, caves and aardvark burrows. The female will coil around the clutch to protect the eggs without shivering to aid in the incubation process. The young hatch in about 65 to 80 days.

Size: Max SVL male 4.25m, female 5.0m. Weight: Male: 44kg, female 55kg.

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

A few kilometers east of Rundu a nice functional lodge that more than adequately serves as an overnight stop while travelling through the Kavango and Zambezi region. The rooms, bar and restaurant area offer lovely views of the Kavango River.

Kavango River Lodge

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

Mahangu Safari Lodge

Situated close to the Mahangu Park in west Caprivi - this is an excellent stop-over between Namibia, Maun (in Botswana) and the Victoria Falls

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

Close to Popa Falls and the Mahango Reserve this lodge offers stunning river views

Ndhovu Lodge

Refreshingly, and surprisingly for the area, this lodge does not have the word 'River' as part of its name. Do not be misled it is situated on the banks of the river opposite the Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park)

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

Near the village of Divundu, this small but wonderfully managed lodge is a perennial favourite of ours. Lovely wooden chalets, with large decks overlook the river. Those wanting to experience the river can choose from fishing and sunset river cruises

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