Caprivi | Zambezi Region - Namibia
Nambwa Lodge is an exclusive luxury lodge set on the banks of the seasonal floodplains of the Kwando River. The remote location within the boundaries of Bwabwata National Park emphases exclusive, personalized service for upmarket individual travellers, self-drive tourists and families alike.
The lodge is a short drive south of Kongola accessed on a gravel road by 4x4 vehicles only and can be used as a base to visit both Mudumu and Mamili / Nkasa Rupara National Parks. To the west is Katima Mulilo, Kasane and Victoria Falls and to the east Mahango National Park and the panhandle of the Okavango Delta.
Bwabwata Park accommodates both a large human population as well as a variety of wildlife. Conservation combined with rural community development has seen an increase in tourism and game guards and resource monitors improve the quality of life for local people, who have been presented with eco-tourism opportunities. This initiative has given the region and it's inhabitants a stable future.
The elevated main tented complex provides the focal point for the guests hospitality. Wine and dine in the boma and on individual tables in the dining area. (Special dietary needs can be catered for in advance except for Kosher and Halaal meals). Unwind and chat to fellow travellers in the lounge and bar over drinks. Meals can also be taken on a large raised viewing deck. Afterwards settle on comfy armchairs that invite relaxation as you admire the outstanding waterhole and floodplain views Check out that unusual bird or animal sighting in the reference library and help the local community by buying a souvenier at the curio shop. The fire pit on a separate raised deck is a social focal point, the perfect place to re-tell the day's experiences.
Guests staying 2 nights or more are welcome to take advantage of the complementary laundry service. It is not recommended to drink the tap water here so bottles of water are supplied in your rooms, the main dining area and on activities. Even though electricity is supplied from either solar power or a back up generator, the Internet can be accessed at these times through roaming 3G/4G services through an internet phone connection. Parents/guardians are kinkly requested to accompany and supervise their children in the swimming pool.
Sturdy raised walkways from the main lodge to the 10 luxury stretch tents allow guest to safely walk above the surrounding veld. Accommodation is also elevated in the tree canopy enhancing that adventurous close to nature feeling. Each one has an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, twin wash basins and fitted mosquito netting around your twin/double bed. You can sit back in your own private lounge and walk around your own spacious viewing deck. Mosquito repellent spray and netting around your bed is provided. An in-room safe is standard.
Mammals large and small includes predators such as lion, African wild dog, hyena and leopard. Elephant, buffalo, hippo, roan and sable antelope as well as red lechwe and bushbabies reside in the area. More than 300 species of rare and endemic bird species have been recorded in the area around Nambwa Lodge. A full range of land and water based adventure activities can be organized around river forest, savannah, wetland and Kalahari woodland habitats.
- Game Drives:
- Morning and afternoon game drives into Bwabwata NP can be arranged.
- Boat Cruise:
- A different perspective to wildlife interaction can be experienced on a Kwando River boat cruise which meanders in and around peaceful backwaters. Mokoro trips can also be organized
- Night Drives:
- Nambwa Lodge can offer approved night after dinner game drives and walks in search of elusive, shy nocturnal animals.
- Guided Bush Walks:
- An armed ranger/guide can lead you to all the well-known wildlife hot-spots on foot.
- A visit to a traditional Mayuni Village and craft market enlightens tourist of their way of life and gives them the opportunity to display some of their home-made souvenirs.
- Limited angling trips are conducted on the Kwando River on a catch and release basis only.
The entrance to Nambwa lodge is to the south of the B8 highway a 6.5km west of Kongola. Driving west from Kongola along the B8 you will enter the Bwabwata park through a gate and the turnoff to the lodge is around 300 meters past this gate - the turnoff is well marked. If driving from Rundu to Kongola the turn off is just before you exit the park.
The last 13.6km is through very soft sand so you need a 4×4: it is not passable with a two-wheel drive vehicle. This last stretch of road can take up to 45 minutes.
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