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Westcoast Steenbras


Introduction: Westcoast steenbras (Lithognathus aureti) are a sought after sport and table fish. Unfortunately over fishing has resulted in smaller catches. Features include numerous series of distinct scales along the lateral line, well-developed fins and a deep body. Lithognathus means 'stone-jawed' a reference to their molar teeth and aureti remembers a Mr. Auret, a well-known lighthouse keeper who first noticed the difference between this species and white steenbras.

Distribution: From the Orange River mouth north through Luderitz, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, Henties Bay, Torra Bay, Terrace Bay extending as far as the Kunene River mouth.

Diet: Sand mussels, marine worms and crabs.

Colouration: Greyish-silver body with 7 to 9 crossbars on the flanks and a pale belly.

Breeding: Massive shoals reproduce in spring and summer, especially around Walvis Bay and northwards after August. Juveniles have been recorded near Swakopmund.

Max size: 100cm. Max weight: 19.3kg.

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Namibia Safari