Safaris Botswana

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Our most popular Safari:
Botswana Family Safari
10 nights/11 days Botswana Safari
starting at $2850 per person
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African Crocodile in Botswana, Chobe River Chobe National park

Cape Cobra sighting on a Botswana Safari

Cape Cobra - Naja nivea

Cape cobras are relatively small, slender cobras that has a broad head, and smooth but dull scales in 19-21 rows. There is one preocular and a narrow rostral. colouration is varied, with some phases common in certain regions. The yellow cobra is butter-coloured to dirty yellow, sometimes speckled with brown; the brown or speckled cobra is bright reddish-brown to mahogany, with darker and paler flecks; and the black cobra is purplish-black. Juveniles are dirty yellow, often finely speckled in dark brown, and have a black throat band.

General behaviour is active during the day and early evening, this snake feeds on a wide spectrum of prey, including other snakes. It will climb low trees and raid sociable weaver colonies. The cape cobra is highly attracted by rodents. Unfortunately, it is both nervous and deadly. It spreads a broad hood and confidently disputes its right of way. It is a non-spitter. The venom is syrupy and as toxic as the black mamba's. The average venom yield is 120 mg (max. 250 mg); 15-20 mg is fatal in humans. The venom is neurotoxic, and death usually occurs from the rapid onset of paralysis. Large volumes of antivenom are urgently required in the treatment of the bite. Bites are not uncommon; this species is responsible for the majority of fatal snakebites.

The female lays 8-20 large eggs (60 x 30 mm) in a burrow.

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Lodges and Camps in Botswana: Audi Camp - Camp Moremi -Camp Okuti - Camp Okavango - Chief's Camp - Chitabe Camp - Chobe Game Lodge - Chobe Marina Lodge - Crocodile Camp - Deception Valley Lodge - Delta Safari Camp - Duba Plains Camp - Duma Tau Lodge - Elephant Camp Victoria Falls - Footsteps Camp - Gunn's Camp - Grassland Safari Lodge - Jacana Camp - Kanana Camp - Kings Pool - Kubu Safari Lodge - Kwara Camp Okavango Delta - Leroo-la-Tau - Linyanti Camp - Little Mombo Camp - Mariolina's Victoria Falls - Mapula Lodge - Mombo Safari Camp - Motsentsela Tree Lodge - Nxabega Okavango Safari Camp - Pom Pom Camp - Sandibe Safari Lodge - Santawani - Savute Safari Lodge - Savuti Camp - Semetsi Camp - Xakanaxa Camp - Xigera Camp - Xugana Lodge

Botswana Destinations: Chief's Island - Chobe National Park - Gemsbok National Park - Kalahari - Khwai - Linyanti - Makgadikgadi Pans - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nogatsaa/Tchinga - Nxai Pan - Okavango Delta - Savute - Tsodilo hills - Tuli Block - Xakanaxa

Zimbabwe Destinations: Victoria Falls

Birds of Botswana: Crowned Plover - Blue Waxbill - Cormorant - Egyptian Goose - Fish Eagle - Grey Lourie - Kingfisher - Kori Bustard - Lilacbreasted Roller - Ostrich - Saddlebilled Stork - Secretary Bird

Mammals of Botswana: African Wild Dog - African Elephant - Baboon - Bat-Eared-Fox - Brown Hyena - Buffalo - Bushpig - Cheetah - Eland - Genet - Giraffe - Hartebeest - Hippo - Impala - Jackal - Kudu - Leopard - Lion - Oryx - Puku - Red Lechwe - Roan Antelope - Sable Antelope - Sitatunga - Slender Mongoose - Spotted Hyena - Springbok - Squirrel - Surikate - Tsessebe - Warthog - Waterbuck - Wildebeest - Zebra

Reptiles of Botswana: African Rock Python - African Crocodile - Black Mamba - Cape Cobra - Chameleon - Gecko - Leopard Tortoise - Monitor Lizard - Mozambican Cobra - Puff Adder