wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: Red lechwe (Kobus leche) are a medium-sized antelope that are rarely found more than 2 or 3km from permanent water. After the sitatunga, the lechwe is the most water loving antelope. It has no hesitancy about heading for water to escape predators or to feed. This is to their advantage as they are not particularly fast on land and have a poor sense of smell. Lechwe are gregarious and herds of 15 - 20 are common, growing to aggregations of thousands. Bachelor herds only break up in the mating season and only males carry the lyre-shaped horns.
Lechwe are active before sunrise and in the early morning, and again later in the afternoon for a time after sunset. They rest in the hotter parts of the day and at night lie near the water's edge. The herds scatter when disturbed into smaller groups in an effort to avoid being preyed upon by lion and leopard. Long, deeply splayed hooves allow movement in mud.
Diet: Red lechwe are almost exclusively grazers, feeding on semi-aquatic grasses. They are known to rarely drink water in the cooler, dry season, but during the hot, dry season they drink an average of 3 times a day.
Colouring: A coat of long, rough hair is almost reddish-yellow in colour on the upper parts of the body and flanks.
Breeding: Gestation period is 210 - 240 days. A single calf of about 5kg is produced at birth. They leave the herd when about to give birth to drop their calves in tall grass. The mother returns to suckle her young in the early morning and late afternoon. Calf mortality is well over 50% due to predator activity.
Size: Males are around 1m in height and weigh some 125kg. Females are slightly smaller and lighter.
On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Mamili & Mudumu Reserves
Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic, the food awesome and the situation idyllic - resulting in some of the best value for money accommodation in Namibia
Explore the Chobe & Zambezi River on an adventurous houseboat holiday
Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain's from its situation in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors
One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.
This is the only place in the world where four countries meet. A wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.
A self catering family oriented lodge which offers excellent fishing opportunities
Traditionally one of the east Caprivi's most popular lodges has recently been re-opened
Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway
A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola
Brand new lodge in east Caprivi - ideal for exploring the wetlands of the Mamili National Park
situated on three small islands this is an ultra-luxurious Chobe destination, with four suites, each with plunge pool and private guiding
A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing expereinces on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers
in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool
Close to the town of Katima Mulilo in the east Caprivi
A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River
In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers