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Spotted Velvet Skipper


Introduction: Male Spotted Velvet Skippers (Abantis tettensis) can be observed flying around for ages with other species of butterfly on the tops of koppies. They perch on leaves or twigs with their wings held flat.

Distribution: Tsumeb, Grootfontein , Etosha National Park (Namutoni), Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) , Kaokoland , central and southern Namibia, Kalahari Desert .

Breeding/Larval food: The leaves of the velvet raisin bush (Grewia flava) which is widespread throughout Namibia less for the Namib Desert .

Colouration: Dark ground colours with lighter margins spots and patches on both fore and hind wings.

On the wing: Spring and midsummer months are the best times of year to observe this species.

Wingspan: Approx 40 to 45mm.

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

Walvis Bay Accommodation