Herpetology

Namibia boasts a large world of reptiles. Herpetological trips to Namibia concentrate on the Namib Desert as this is where there is a high density of endemism. There are several species endemic to Namibia, of which 70% occur in the arid west part of the country. The arid landscapes are more open which makes it a lot easier to find the adopted reptiles.

There are many snake species that occur in Southern Africa. These are mainly found in large numbers towards the eastern parts of Namibia and include the Black Mamba Dendroaspis polylepis, Puff Adder Bitis arietans and the African Rock Python Python sebae to mention a few. Specific species such as the Namib Sand Snake Psammophis namibensis, Namib Dune Adder Bitis peringueyi, Namib Wolf Snake Lycophidion namibianum and Western Keeled Snake Pythonodipsas carinata can only be found in the Namib Desert.

Various species of Geckos or Pachydactylus can also be found here, such as the Namib Web-footed Gecko Pachydactylus rangei, Marais Gecko Pachydactylus maraisi and the Brandberg Gecko Pachydactylus gaiasensis. There are also many species of lizard within the Namib which are endemic. These include the Shovel-Snouted Lizard Meroles anchietae and the Reticulated Desert Lizard Meroles reticulates.

View our herpetology sample itinerary here:

Namibia – 14 Nights & 15 Days Herpetology Tour

Overview:

Namibia has five biomes with different characteristics and habitats that provide suitable environments to approximately 250 reptilian species, of which 95 species are endemic. This tour will cover a range of habitats to give us the best chances of finding as many species as possible. Night walks are a vital part of this tour to tick off as many nocturnal species as possible.

Route:

Windhoek – Hardap Dam – Keetmanshoop – Luderitz – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Kaokoland – Kamanjab – Waterberg Plateau National Park – Windhoek

Target Species:

Anchietae’s Cobra, Zebra Cobra, Puff Adder, Cape Cobra, Black Spitting Cobra, Mole Snake, Horned Adder, Dwarf Beaked Snake, Namaqua Dwarf Adder, Peringuey’s Adder, Namib Sand Snake, Kunene Shield Cobra, Damara Tiger Snake, Viperine Bark Snake, Spotted Bush Snake, Western Keeled Snake, Anchieta’s Dwarf Python, Boomslang, Black Mamba, Meyer’s Blind Legless Lizard, Desert Lizards, Wedge-snouted Desert Lizard, Brain’s Blind Legless Lizard, Waterberg Sand Lizard, Namib Giant Ground Gecko, Koch’s Barking Gecko, Carp’s Barking Gecko, Sossusvlei Gecko, Day Geckos, Dwarf Day Geckos, Sesfontein Gecko, Waterberg Gecko, Namaqua Chameleon, African Flap-necked Chameleon