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Introduction: The bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) is so called because it indicates the type of habitat that it is associated with. They are normally found in riverine or other types of underbush near to permanent water supplies. Cover and availability of water are the most important habitat requirements for the bushbuck. They are generally regarded as solitary animals, but can occur in small groups of perhaps 2 or 3. It is widely recorded that they lie up in dense bush during the day, moving and feeding at night.

Bushbuck can also take to water and are fast, manoeuvrable swimmers. They are difficult to catch in the water. They have been known to swim up to 3km without tiring and freely enter the water to feed, an asset when being sought by the larger carnivores such as leopard, lion, spotted hyena, the African wild dog and pythons.

Distribution: Bushbuck are very rare in Namibia and can only be found in the Caprivi region, due to their very specialized habitat requirements.

Diet: Browsing and to a lesser extent grazing consisting of leaves, fine twigs with buds attached, and the flowers and fruits of a wide variety of plants, including sausage tree, white berry bush and thorn trees.

Colouring: Adult males are dark brown and they have a crest of longer white or yellowish-white hair extending from the top of the shoulders to the base of the tail. The top of the tail is the same colour as the body, but a pure white underneath. Adult females are lighter in colour than adult males.

Breeding: Young are born throughout the year and gestation period is around 180 days. A single young is born, with the mother hiding the young in dense undergrowth, returning only to suckle it periodically until it is strong enough to move freely by itself.

Size: They are a medium-sized antelope with adult males standing around 80cm at the shoulder, weighing around 40kg. Females are smaller, standing at some 70cm at the shoulder with a mass of some 30kg.

Wildlife Namibia

  • Namibian Wildlife: Bushbuck
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Camp Kwando

On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves

Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge

Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.

Caprivi Houseboat Safaris

Explore the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the Zambezi Regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site.

Chobe Princess Houseboats

Part of the Zambezi Queen collection these three smaller houseboats operate on the Chobe River " offer a superb opportunity to view birds, mammals and scenery on a 2 or 3 night trip

Chobe River Camp

A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.

Chobe Savanna Lodge

Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation on the banks of the Chobe River in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors

Chobe Water Villas

Overlooking the Chobe River and Botswana's Chobe National Park, this boutique hotel offers an excellent opportunity to experience all the wildlife and activities the Chobe Region has to offer

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.

Jackalberry Tented Camp

A four room private camp set inside the Nkasa Rupara National Park. A remote and private location in Namibia's least visited hidden gems of a game park makes this a must visit lodge. The lodge can also be booked for exclusive use on a self catering basis

Kaza Safari Lodge | Impalila Island

This lodge is located at the only place in the world where four countries meet. It is a wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.

Lianshulu Bush Lodge

A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge

Lianshulu Lodge

Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges

Mazambala Island Lodge

Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway

Nambwa Lodge

Located on the banks of the Kwando river in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy, within Bwabwata National Park. This is a sanctuary for more than 35 game species and upwards of 330 bird species. Animals move freely throughout the area which creates a mecca for wildlife viewing

Namushasha River Lodge

A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.

Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat

A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

Susuwe Island Lodge

in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool

Zambezi Mubala Lodge

Along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River, lies a bird-lover’s dream, this lodge is home to one of the largest colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters, that live along the banks of the majestic Zambezi.

Zambezi Queen

A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River which offers 2 or 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. An excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or just to relax in these splendid surroundings

Zovu Elephant Lodge

In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia