Activities at RiverDance


For many years The Okavango River with its 71 fish species has attracted anglers from all over the world. Popular catches include tiger fish, bream, barbell, pike, and squeaker. Fishing on the Okavango is done either from the banks or from small fishing boats. Please join us for an unforgettable cruise on the mighty Okavango river with sunset or sunrise.

Vegetation and stargazing

Trees as far as you can see
The dominant trees that occur in the woodland are Pterocarpus angolensis (kiaat), Bakiaea plurijuga (teak), Burkea africana (syringa), Terminalea sericea (silver terminalia), Schinziophyton rautanenii (mangetti), Guibourtia coleosperma (false mopani), Acacia erioloba (camelthorn), Sclerocarya birrea (marula), Peltophorum africanum (weeping wattle), Combretum zeyherii (large-fruited combretum), Searsia lancea (karee). Enjoy the star-studded nightsky over the Kavango.

BIRDs and wildlife

The tiny Blue waxbill
The Kavango. especially the riverine habitat is a bird-watcher's paradise. To date some 430 species, nearly 70% of Namibia’s total number of species have been recorded here and is considered some of Southern Africa’s top birding spots.
Be on the lookout for the chinspot batis, swallow-tailed bee-eater, swamp bou-bou, redknobbed coot, brown hooded kingfisher and the african fish eagle.The river hosts hippopotamus, crocodiles, snakes and reptiles, otters, water monitors, insects, amphibians and butterflies.


Trees as far as you can see
The small but picturesque Mahango Game Reserve is situated in the north-east of Namibia on the Botswana border. Mahango covers an area of about 30,000 hectares and is separated from the Caprivi Game Reserve by the Okavango River. Two game viewing roads provide the opportunity to view wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, lechwe, sitatunga, buffalo, sable, and roan and other antelopes and are located only 40km away from RiverDance Lodge.


Majestic Popa Falls
The Okavango River is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running south-eastward for 1,600 km (1,000 miles). It begins in Angola, where it is known as the Cubango River. Further south it forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, and then flows into Botswana, draining into the Moremi Game Reserve.Before it enters Botswana, the river drops four meters, across the full 1.2 km-width of the river, in a series of rapids known as Popa Falls, visible when the river is low and during the dry season.


Andara Mill
In 1913, Alexander Ndara, chief of the Hambukushu tribe, accepted and welcomed the Catholic Missionary Oblates. The mill is still a remembrance of the days gone by when the missioners arrived.