wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: The buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a very large, heavily built animal with an ox-like appearance in general. They are a relative of the domestic cow, and they have strong, heavy legs to support their build and the front hooves are distinctly larger than the hind, an indication of the extra weight they carry in the huge head and thick neck. They are a gregarious creature and herds can number in their thousands, subject to seasonal movements.
Within a herd there is a 'linear' hierarchy among the adult bulls which is maintained by threat behaviour. Herds are quick to stampede if disturbed. The horns are massive, arising from broad, heavy bosses that meet in the centre. They swing outwards and downwards, narrowing from the lowest point, from which they curve upwards and inwards and slightly backwards towards the tip. Lions are the main predator.
Diet: Buffalo are predominantly grazers, but intake a small percentage of browse as well. They are selective feeders with a preference for grasses. As their huge body weight requires maintaining, they seek areas with a plentiful supply of food and will range a very wide area away from water.
Colouring: Old males are black but females rarely attain the same degree of blackness and usually show a tinge of reddish-brown.
Breeding: Gestation period is between 330 to 346 days. The calves require several hours before they are strong enough to join the herd. Calves are susceptible from attack from spotted hyena, but the herd are notorious for offering good security and protection.
Size: Buffalo of both sexes stand about 140cm at the shoulder and adult males weigh up to 800kg and the female slightly smaller at around 750kg.
A small private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo
Lodging located on the property used by the Heetah Conservation Fund, this is an excellent option if you want to learn about cheetah conservation
A friendly well run guest house in the town of Otjiwarongo
Self catering units on a large, well stocked, private game reserve
Mid sized hotel in Otjiwarongo offering both lodge & hotel style accommodation. All the usual facilities including a pool, air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant
A large, well stocked, privately owned game reserve. Excellent for sightings of wild dogs and other endangered species
Situated to the north of the Waterberg Plateau (which is unusual as most lodges are toward the south) this highly recommenced lodge offers spacious comfortable rooms and plenty of activities
One of the oldest lodges in Namibia, Mount Etjo has seen several historic events including the signing of an agreement pivotal to Namibia gaining independence. Still offers good quality accommodation and game drives
Without a doubt one of the best lodges in Namibia, add leopard and cheetah viewing to stunning accommodation and well prepared meals and this place is a complete winner
A private two bed room suite, comes complete with own swimming pool, lounge and kitchen. Private chef and meals can be arranged or guests can visit Bush Camp
The 'entry level' camp at Okonjima offers all the same great cats experiences as the other lodges in the portfolio. A one of a type not to be missed Namibian experience
Large private complex, includes all modern luxuries. Enjoyed by international movie stars and corporate moguls - but available to any group wanting to stay!
a variety of accommodation options - ranging from large self catering villas to double rooms. Just a few kilometers south of Otjiwarongo
A large game farm which numbers the rare White Rhino amongst its species.
Small 8 room guest farm with an emphasis on conserving the natural eco-systems
The NWR run camp situated on the slopes of the plateau. Fairly standard and slightly overpriced accommodation, the old police station which has been converted to a restaurant is a scenic (if not taste) highlight.
Excellent choice for walking and visiting the highlights of the area
On the same property aw the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge but situated higher up the mountain offering excellent views