wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: The bushpig (Potamochoerus porcus) belongs to the Order Artiodactyla, or hoofed herbivorous mammals, the same as the warthog. There are some similarities between the 2, although the bushpig is probably not quite so ugly as the warthog. Bushpigs are strong, stocky and cunning animals, that can owe it's own increase in numbers to the decline of the leopard - it's main natural predator.
Bushpigs are social animals that live in groups of 6 to 8 animals, led by a dominant pair. All male groups occur as well as do sightings of individuals. They can be a very dangerous animal when cornered or threatened and their lower incisors can pack a nasty bite. Dominant boars defend their own feeding grounds, but fights are generally restricted to tail wagging, pawing the ground and rolling and hair raising. Bushpigs have a life expectancy of 13 years, especially if they can keep out of range of a rifle's foresight whilst rummaging around the garden for some tomatoes or root vegetables.
Distribution: The forest and riverine vegetation areas along the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), especially dense thickets or tall grass for cover, but access to water is vital.
Diet: Plant roots, bulbs, tubers and fruits are eked out using the upper edge of the snout. Insect larvae is dug out of moist earth and leaf-litter. They have been known to eat carrion and the killing of small animals has been reported. Their liking for food crops such as maize, potatoes, tomatoes, cane and especially sugar, more often than not attracts the bushpig to human settlements, notably farms, where they are considered a pest.
Colouring: Brownish-black or reddish, long, bristle-like hair that is whitish around the face and neck.
Breeding: Litter sizes are usually 3 or 4 piglets which are born with pale longitudinal stripes, a camouflage and survival aid. Gestation periods are around 4 months. Sows 'litter down' in a nest built of bundles of grasses that she burrows into once they reach the size of a small haystack. They have also been known to give birth in the stumps of hollow trees. Piglets are cared and protected for by boars once they join a sounder for about 6 months, but are driven away by the dominant pair at this stage.
Size: Adults stand from between 0.55-0.9m at the shoulder. Weight: 60kg-100kg.
A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.
On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves
Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.
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 offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the Zambezi Regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site.
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
Previously called Ntwala Lodge, this property is situated on three small islands in an ultra-luxurious Chobe destination, with four suites, each with plunge pool and private guiding
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
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
One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.
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
A tented lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Offers both self catering facilities and restaurant meals. Excellent for fishing.
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.
A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge
Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges
Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway
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
A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola
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.
A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences 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
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
In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers