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Introduction: The waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is a large antelope and as the name suggests, they are associated with water. They will even take up residence in areas where only artificial water supplies such as boreholes and pumps have been installed and will only leave if the water is shut off. Although the attraction of waterbuck to water is evident, they are also lured by the good quality grasses, including buffalo grass. Waterbuck are gregarious and usually occur in small herds of about 6 to 12, but occasionally in larger herds. Territorial bulls rule over groups of females.

Distribution: Waterbuck occur in the eastern Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and on farmland in north-central Namibia.

Diet: Waterbuck are predominantly grazers but their diet includes a proportion of browse plants. Grasses feature prominently all year round and they have unusually high water requirements.

Colouring: The coat of long hair is grey-brown, grizzled with white and grey hairs. The rump is distinctly marked with a broad white ring.

Breeding: The gestation period is 280 days and they breed throughout the year. Females leave the herd and retire to cover to give birth, eating the afterbirth.

Size: Males stand about 1.7m at the shoulder and have a mass of between 250 and 270kg. The females are shorter and lighter.

Wildlife Namibia

  • Namibian Wildlife: Waterbuck
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Divava Okavango Lodge

An upmarket lodge and spa on the banks of the Kavango River. The only traditional luxury lodge on this stretch of river

Hakusembe River Lodge

A well run lodge offering good facilities situated close to the town of Rundu

Kaisosi River Lodge

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.

Kavango River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the river (hence the name) in Rundu

Mahangu Safari Lodge

Situated close to the Mahangu Park in west Caprivi - this is an excellent stop-over between Namibia, Maun (in Botswana) and the Victoria Falls

Ngepi Camp

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

Nunda Lodge

Close to Popa Falls and the Mahango Reserve this lodge offers stunning river views

Ndhovu Lodge

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)

Popa Falls Rest Camp

Close to the Popa Falls (a series of rapids on the Kavango River), this rest camp was renovated in 2013

Rainbow River Lodge

on the Kavango River banks this lodge offers plenty of water based activities

RiverDance Lodge

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

Sarasungu River Lodge

On a beautiful plot of indigenous plants and trees overlooking the river

Shamvura Camp

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)

Taranga Safari Lodge

A small lodge a short distance west of Rundu. The rooms have river views and guests can choose from a range of activities

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia