Namibia – 14 Nights & 15 Days Herping Tour

Day 1: Windhoek area

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. Depending on time of arrival we spend the rest of the afternoon and evening searching the hills and dry rivers on the outskirts of Windhoek for various Snakes, Geckos and Lizards.

Main targets: Anchietae’s Cobra (Naja anchietae), Zebra Cobra (Naja nigricinta), Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), (Pachydactylus reconditus).

Day 2: Hardap area

After breakfast we will continue south towards Namibia’s largest reservoir, the magnificent Hardap Dam a massive irrigation that has breathed life into this arid terrain. Along the way we will stop here and there to search the bushes and rocks for anything interesting. After dinner, we will do a night walk and see what reptiles we can find in the line of Snakes and Geckos.

Main Target: Black Spitting Cobra (Naja woodi)

Day 3: Keetmanshoop area

After breakfast we will head further south towards Keetmanshoop. En route, we will search a few wash ways and rocky areas in search of any Adders, Cobras and Lizards. After dinner we will do another night walk with great possibilities for a bit of starscape photography while searching for geckos and snakes.

Main Target: Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), Black Spitting Cobra (Naja Woodi), Mole Snake (Psuedaspis cana ) plus various Geckos and Lizards.

Day 4 & 5: Luderitz area

Today we head through changing landscapes towards the Namib Desert. The area is home to a host of endemic specials. We pass through Aus and also have a chance to see Namibia’s feral horses in the desert. During our stay, we will visit the ghost town known as Kolmanskop. There are several species we can come across here. A drive out to the peninsula will add a few endemics. Depending on the weather we will embark on night walks during both evenings.

Main Targets: Many Horned Adder (Bitis cornuta), Dwarf Beaked Snake (Dipsina multimaculata), Namaqua Dwarf Adder (Bitis schneideri), Meyer’s Blind Legless Lizard (Typhlosaurus meyeri), Desert Lizards, Sand Lizards and various Geckos including Namib Giant Ground Gecko (Chondrodactylus angulifer namibensis).

Day 6 & 7: Sossusvlei area

Today will mainly be a travel day as we head to Sossusvlei, which is home to some of the biggest dunes in the world as well as the famous Deadvlei.

We will leave early and have a few stops en-route to stretch the legs while searching any appealing habitats.  Large picturesque red sand dunes tower on either side of the road on the drive to Deadvei. We will have two nights and a full day to explore and photograph the area while we search for some more of the Namib’s specials.

Main Targets: Peringuey’s Adder (Bitis peringueyi), Wedge-snouted Desert Lizard (Meroles cuneirostris), Brain’s Blind Legless Lizard (Typhlosaurus braini), Koch’s Barking Gecko (Ptenopus kochi) and Sossusvlei Gecko (Pachydactylus etultra).

Day 8 & 9: Swakopmund area

The drive to the central coast should take about 5 hours including stops. We will have the opportunity to see the Welwitschia, a dinosaur plant in the Namib which is the country’s national plant. A full day in the Swakop area should mop up a good host of exciting reptiles. Depending on the weather we will do night walks on both nights.

Main Targets: Peringuey’s Adder (Bitis peringuey), Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis), Namib Sand Snake (Psammophis namibensis) various endemic Geckos, Namaqua Chameleon as well as Day Geckos.

Day 10: Palmwag area

Today’s scenic drive will take us to Damaraland, home to various desert-adapted wildlife species, including Elephants, Lions, Leopards and Rhinos. Unfortunately, due to the presence of large game, we will not be able to wander too far off into the night, so we will stick within the camp’s lights for our night walks.

Main Targets: Pachydactylus faciatus and scutatus, Lizards, Dwarf Day Geckos, Day Geckos, Zebra Cobra (Naja nigricinta), Kunene Shield Cobra (Aspidelaps lubricus cowlesi) andDamara Tiger Snake (Telescopus semiannulatus).

Day 11: Sesfontein / Khowarib area

A short drive through the very scenic Damaraland takes us into the arid Kaokoland. We can see some desert-adapted mammals along the way and a few stops will hopefully add some Lizards.

Main Targets: Same as Palmwag and add Sesfontein Gecko (Pachydactylus parascutatus), Viperine Bark Snake (Hemirhagerrhis viperinus), Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus), Western Keeled Snake (Pythonodipsas carinata), and Sand Snakes.

Day 12: Kamanjab area

Today we head over the Grootberg pass towards Kamanjab. En-route stops and a night walk will hopefully add new species to the list.

It is possible to join a night drive in search of Aardvark, Aardwolf, Bat-eared Fox and other nocturnal species.

Main Targets: Geckos, Lizards, African Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis), Anchieta’s Dwarf Python (Python anchietae), Sand Snakes.

Day 13 & 14: Waterberg

Heading east to the Waterberg Plateau Park we can look forward to a whole new landscape hosting a large variety of fauna and flora. We will spend our time here hiking in search of various species. It is here where we will have our best chances of finding Black Mamba.

As an optional activity, you could join a game drive on top of the plateau to search for some endangered mammals such as Roan and Sable Antelope, Black and White Rhino and Cape Buffalo. The park also hosts Leopard, Brown and Spotted Hyena.

Main Targets: Boomslang (Dispholidus typus typus), Waterberg Gecko (Pachydactylus waterbergensis), Waterberg Sand Lizard (Pedioplanus rubens), Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), African Flap-necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis).

Day 15: Windhoek

After breakfast and a final walk-about, we return to Windhoek and you will be dropped off at the airport for your late-departing flight.