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Striped Skaapsteker

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Striped skaapstekers (Psammophylax tritaeniatus) can be found in areas of open grassland and savannah. They are a beautiful, medium-sized snake with a small head and a pointed snout. Other features include small eyes and a shortish tail. Survival behaviour includes dashing for cover and then freezing, action that complements their ability to become well-camouflaged and bypassed by potential predators.

Distribution: Central and northern Namibia from Windhoek extending northwards through Etosha National Park to the border with Angola. Their range includes the Caprivi Strip, Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Diet: Lizards and small frogs.

Colouring: The back is grey to pale grey-olive with 3 decorative, black-edged, dark brown stripes. The upper lip and belly are white to cream.

Breeding: Females lay between 5 and 18 eggs in a hole.

Size: Max SVL male 734mm, female 680mm.

Bambatsi Lodge

This small lodge is located between Outjo and Khorixas - it was one of the first guest farms opened in Namibia

Brandberg Rest Camp

Situated in the tiny town of Uis, this lodge acts as a gateway to the Brandberg Mountain and other parts of the Erongo Region. The owner, Basil, is a bastion of the local community and a font of knowledge on the area

Brandberg White Lady Lodge

We are absolutely convinced that this is where Nelly the Elephant decided to live, after deciding to run away from the circus! A bit run down - but in an excellent location

Camp Kipwe

Small private lodge consisting of thatched domed bungalows scattered amongst large granite boulders. It is well situated near Twyfelfontein and several other major Damaraland attractions

Damaraland Camp

This camp was started by Wilderness Safaris and is now managed by the local community. Expect luxury, desert elephants and rhino

Damara Mopane Lodge

Named after the abundant Mopane Trees found in the area, Damara Mopane Lodge is part of a well established lodge group, known for quality lodges at reasonable prices. Only 20km from Khorixas and within driving distance of the highlights of the area

Doro Nawas

A good quality lodge located close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Excursions to the engravings and in search of desert adapted elephant are available

iGowati Lodge

Situated in the town of Khorixas, this lodge may not have the most scenic setting but offers reasonable accommodation at good prices

Khorixas Rest Camp

A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas

Madisa Camp

Private campsites in a beautiful setting

Mowani Mountain Camp

One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

As the name implies this is situated close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. A good quality lodge with reasonable rates.

Ugab Terrace Lodge

Close to the Vingerklip rock formation and offering exciting views of the Ugab Plains

Vingerklip Lodge

The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland