FishingYou 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.
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 aquaria. 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 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