Mahangu Safari Lodge. Fishing and exploring the Okavango River.
When we are home in Namibia, we often try to escape the misty Swakopmund for a few days and visit other parts of our beautiful country. Mostly we head north and explore places where we can either surf, catch a fish or totally shut down and go into wildlife mode.
We often go to the Mahangu Safari Lodge in the Caprivi region of Namibia. Here we enjoy fresh water fishing and the wildlife on the Okavango River. The Okavango River starts in Angola and makes its way down to Namibia where it forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, it eventually ends in a swamp called the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Fresh water fishing on the Okavango is a great experience. Here you will catch the Bream, Nembwe, Barbel (Cat fish) and of course the Tiger fish. Best fishing times are early morning or late afternoon- for a sunset cruise. Try to avoid fishing during lunch time. The Namibian sun is cruel and you’ll easily catch a sun stroke. Keep in mind, you on the Okavango River! You will come across Hippos and Crocodiles so casting from the river bank isn’t the brightest idea.
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To find the Mahangu Safari Lodge by car is quite tricky- especially if you haven’t been there before. You will find a sign just of the main road leading you through a small village and a swamp before you enter the Lodge. Expect a breathtaking view of the Okavango River when enjoying your welcoming drink at the bar. Usually Ralf (the owner) or Felix (the manager) will welcome you and show you to your Bungalow, Safari Tent or Camping Site. Book your fishing boat or sun set cruise in advanced, especially if the lodge is fully booked.
Breakfast and Dinner is served on the wooden deck out looking the Okavango River. Here you can enjoy your home cooked meal while spotting Elephants on the other side of the river bed or Hippos playing in the river. Pay attention to your surroundings when walking around the Lodge. Especially at night where you can expect a Hippo grazing in front of your Bungalow door.
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Besides fishing there is so much more to explore:
- Go on a sunset or breakfast boat cruise and expect to see Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants and Buffalos
- Go for a game drive in the Mahango National Park or
- the Buffalo Park
- Go for a day trip to the Popa Falls
- bring your binoculars and enjoy bird watching
- go on a Makoro boat drive
- relax at the lodge swimming pool or for the more adventurous
- dive into the crocodile river pool which is protected by fencing
Have you ever been to the Mahangu Safari Lodge? What is your favorite activity along the Okavango River? I’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions regarding the lodge or this post please comment below!
If you are interested in fishing and catching a Steenbras along the coastal shores of Namibia read my recent blog here.
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