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Popa Falls Resort

Kavango - Namibia

Popa Falls Resort is situated on the banks of the mighty Kavango River. This is an ideal base to explore the Mahango Game Park and birding and fishing feature highly on many an itinerary. Popa Fall is more a series of rapids than 'Falls', but is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The course of the river is abruptly interrupted by rocks which creates a 4m high waterfall, before the river enters Botswana and the Okavango Delta.

The camp is the perfect opening to the perennial rivers, indigenous woodlands, riverine forests and floodplains of north-eastern Namibia. This resort is only 15kms from the Mahango Game Reserve and is the perfect stop-over when travelling between there and Khaudum Game Park.

Guests can dine in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor seating is for 80 and a further 50 outside on the patio. Meals can be complemented with drinks from the Classic Jetty Bar. Locally make souvenirs, arts and crafts can be purchased from the curio shop. The swimming pool offers a welcome respite from the hot Namibian sun, especially after a long road trip. The corporate community can utilize the Popa Falls Resort conference facilities. A laundry service is available on request.

Accommodation is in:

  • Chalets: The 10 x thatched river cabins are all set alongside the slow running river facing the thick forest of Hippo Island. Twin beds, mosquito nets, air-conditioning, an en-suite shower room, wardrobes and braai facilities are standard.
  • Family/Double Units: There are 3 x Family/Double Units which are double rooms with an interconnecting doorway. The facilities are similar to the chalets.
  • Camping: Outdoor enthusiasts or those on a budget can camp in 10 sites. There are also a further 3 larger campsites for groups or overlanders.

A wide variety of wildlife species, including elephant, hippo, buffalo, Nile Crocodile, red lechwe, reedbuck, roan and sable antelope, and the elusive Sitatunga antelope can be observed in and around the area.

Other activities include fishing, canoing, boating, unguided self-drive game tours to Mahango game reserve, (the area borders the Okavango River, where crocodile and hippo abound) scenery drives, walking trails, etc.

Threespot and Greenheaded tilapia, tigerfish, are just some of the species of game fish that occur in the Kavango River. Anglers must bring their own fishing tackle, there are many secluded spots on the banks of the river, but fishing is only permitted with a permit. (Available at the office.)

No pets or motor cycles are allowed. The nearest landing strip is at Bagani, 5kms from Popa Falls.

  • Popa Falls: View Of Rapids
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  • Popa Falls: Restaurant
  • Popa Falls: Chalet Exterior
  • Popa Falls: Looking Out From Room
  • Popa Falls: Outside Dining Area
  • Popa Falls: Croc
  • Popa Falls: Deck And Bar Area By River
  • Popa Falls: Goliath Heron
  • Popa Falls: Room Interior
  • Popa Falls: Vervet Monkey
  • Popa Falls: Bathroom
  • Popa Falls: Impala
  • Popa Falls: Boat
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All guided activities are conducted in either 4x4 safari vehicles or custom-built crafts. You will be accompanied by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides.

Game drives:
You can either self-drive to Bwabwata NP and Mahango NP or hop on a scheduled morning or afternoon excursion run by the resort.
Fishing trips:
Half or full day fishing excursions can be organized. Bring your own equipment and enjoy leisurely days on the banks of the river.
Boat cruises:
Enjoy a game viewing cruise on a houseboat. Birding: With over 450 species of bird recorded in the region whether you are on an activity by vehicle, boat or just around the confines of the resort, then bird books and binoculars should be at the ready.
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