Namibia boasts a large number of reptiles and also holds the most species of lizards in the world.
Our Namibian herping tours concentrate on the arid zones where there is a high rate of endemism. There are several range restricted species endemic to Namibia, of which 70% occur in the arid Namib Desert. The arid landscapes are more open and unvegetated which makes it a lot easier searching for reptiles throughout the year. The last herping trip we managed to find all six species of Bitis adders in the country.
On the central plateau and further north it becomes a higher rainfall area and one finds a good spread of snake species including several Cobra and Adder species, Black Mamba, Boomslang, Anchieta’s Dwarf Python and a good mixture of colubrids. The better months to ‘herp’ these areas are definitely the wetter summer months as the abundance of food source and warmer temperatures activate the reptiles.
A number of endemic geckos and lizards can be found on the central plateau stretching north into Angola. A high number of Pachydactylus species are found in Namibia and several are exceptionally localised like the Marais Gecko (Pachydactylus maraisi) known only from one dolomite ridge in the Namib.
Several endemic amphibians are found along the escarpment into the north east of Namibia and are best searched for in the rainy summer months when they become most active.
View our herpetology sample itinerary here:
Namibia – 14 Nights & 15 Days Herpetology Tour
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.
Windhoek – Hardap Dam – Keetmanshoop – Luderitz – Sossusvlei – Swakopmund – Damaraland – Kaokoland – Kamanjab – Waterberg Plateau National Park – Windhoek
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