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Epaulette Skimmer

Dragonflies | Namibia

Introduction: Epaulette Skimmers (Orthetrum chrysostigma) sport distinctive stripes on each side of the thorax, hence the epaulette connection. Chrysostigma refers to the 'golden' colour of the pterostigma, chrysos meaning 'gold' and stigma 'tattoo mark'. They inhabit desert, wetlands, well-vegetated water bodies and temporary waters.

Distribution: Common and widespread throughout most of Namibia less for the most of the east and southern Namib Desert. Observed at Epupa Falls, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland, Damaraland, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Rehoboth, Okahandja, Gobabis.

Colouration: Single cream-coloured stripe on each side of the thorax, brownish back colour, lightly patterned black.

Breeding: Females oviposit in thick vegetation, guarded by males hovering over open water. Larval development from egg to emergence is under 50 days, allowing for a number of generations to be produced each year.

Flight season: Throughout the year.

Max size: 40 to 45mm.

Conservation: Not threatened.

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls, this site previously only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area

Kunene River Lodge

n great lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must. Undoubtedly one of our favourite out of the way lodges

Mopane Camp

A campsite near the village of Opuwo

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp, on the banks of the Kunene River, close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

On the outskirts of Opuwo with has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community

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