freshwater fish | Namibia
Introduction: The quiet, deep waters, such as channels and lagoons of large floodplains are the preferred habitat of the African pike (Hepsetus odoe). This rather fearsome looking fish is easily recognisable by its pointed head and crocodile-like jaws housing some very sharp canine teeth. A unique fish in its own right, it is not usually found with tigerfish due to differing habitat and hunting strategies. Those keen on angling in Namibia enjoy the fight with light tackle.
Diet: Adult African pike eat mostly fish, stalking and ambushing its prey up to 30-40% of their own size, with swift, sudden rushes. Juveniles prey on small invertebrates and fish.
Colouring: A rich brassy olive with dark brown blotches and cream underparts. The fins have black spots, the adipose fin (the smallest of the back fins) is orange with black spots and 3 brown bands are evident behind the eye.
Breeding: The African pike is a multiple spawner, breeding over the summer months. Eggs are incubated in a nest that has been formed in the shelter of floating foam, nestled in the dense marginal vegetation of their preferred habitats. Both parents guard and tend the nest until the eggs hatch, when the fry drop to the water surface, where they remain until the nest disintegrates.
Size: Females become larger than males reaching 450mm full length (similar to the nembwe) and about 2kg (smaller than nembwe).
An upmarket lodge and spa on the banks of the Kavango River. The only traditional luxury lodge on this stretch of river
A well run lodge offering good facilities situated close to the town of Rundu
A few kilometers east of Rundu a nice functional lodge that more than adequately serves as an overnight stop while travelling through the Kavango and Zambezi region. The rooms, bar and restaurant area offer lovely views of the Kavango River.
Situated on the banks of the river (hence the name) in Rundu
Situated close to the Mahangu Park in west Caprivi - this is an excellent stop-over between Namibia, Maun (in Botswana) and the Victoria Falls
A rustic river side campsite and lodge offering excellent value for money. A lively bar and restaurant ensures this appeals to the younger or more socially inclined traveller
Close to Popa Falls and the Mahango Reserve this lodge offers stunning river views
Refreshingly, and surprisingly for the area, this lodge does not have the word 'River' as part of its name. Do not be misled it is situated on the banks of the river opposite the Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park)
Close to the Popa Falls (a series of rapids on the Kavango River), this rest camp was renovated in 2013
on the Kavango River banks this lodge offers plenty of water based activities
Near the village of Divundu, this small but wonderfully managed lodge is a perennial favourite of ours. Lovely wooden chalets, with large decks overlook the river. Those wanting to experience the river can choose from fishing and sunset river cruises
On a beautiful plot of indigenous plants and trees overlooking the river
One of the best lodges for birders visiting Namibia - but also great for fishing, chilling or generally becoming part of the family (the family consists of a host of creatures including goats, otters and guinefowls all lovingly adopted by the owners)
A small lodge a short distance west of Rundu. The rooms have river views and guests can choose from a range of activities