You can fish from the beach or from a rowing boat for tilapia, catfish, barbel
or small fish like the cichlids. Equipment is for hire at the Lodge.
Lake Victoria is famous for its unique population of “furu” (cichlids), which
seems to be recovering, after it was threatened with extinction by the Nile
perch. These chiclids are very colourful and are often kept in aquarias. The
Nile perch was introduced in the lake somewhere around 1960 and flourished.
On one side it was an ecological disaster, but on the other side the Nile perch
was baptised “Mkombozi” (Saviour) by the local Sukuma tribe. Now there is a
lively fish trade in Nile perch with a lot of factories that export to Europe.
Over 250 species of bush, swamp and water birds live on the Lodge’s 85 hectares
of savannah. African Fish Eagles have a nest in a tree next (Photo in the
midle) to the lounge. You can frequently see them skim the lake and catch
fish. You are free to roam around the extensive gardens or use a boat to get
close to the reeds for better observation. Many birds are indigenous to this
area and will not be seen in the Serengeti. Among them: swamp flycatcher, red-chested
sunbird, Northern brown-throated weaver, yellow-backed weaver, black-headed
gonolek and blue-headed coucal. You can take your time, without being disturbed,
and there is no danger from animals. The Lodge keeps a bird list, and co-operates
with the Tanzania Bird Atlas, by surveying the lake area. Guided walks are offered
twice a day; early morning or late afternoon.
Excursion by local canoe
You will be picked up in a colourful canoe (Photo to your left) at
the Lodge’s beach by fishermen and brought to Mwaburugu, their village. You
may explore the village on foot before they bring you back, singing their
rhythmic melodies while they row. Your guide tells you about the different
methods of fishing, the way of life in the village and the birds you see on
the way. This trip is only scheduled mornings, when the lake is calm and the
fishermen bring in their overnight catch. Each canoe can carry four persons.
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