Kavango | Caprivi - Namibia
Ngepi Camp is a unique and beautiful eco-lodge set amongst the flooded plains and swampy backwaters of the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta Panhandle in Namibia. It nestles between Mahango National Park,, a few kilometres to the south and Bwabwata National Park opposite across the river. The region is teeming with mammals large and small and stunning colourful birds.
This is an ideal stopover for a night or two for self-drive tourists and families who wish to combine wildlife viewing from Ngepi itself complemented with traditional morning or afternoon game drives into the national parks. It's also an opportunity to restock and refuel at the small town of Divundu (which has a petrol station and some basic supplies) only 14kms away.
The lodge's main building has the kitchen, restaurant, dining area and bar with riverfront views. There is a curio shop with education centre. The bar is the place to head to exchange wildlife and travel stories with fellow globetrotters. Electricity is solar powered and supply is therefore limited so Items such as air conditioners, kettles, microwaves, geysers, hairdryers, etc. cannot be used. All plug points and lights run on timers. Complementary tea/coffee is available at the bar and valuables can be secured at reception, where there is a metered telephone to keep in contact with the outside world.
For guests who like to swim on holiday, Windhoek has a namby-pamby heated indoor swimming pool. Real explorers and adventurers dive into the Ngepi Camp river 'hippo and croc big cage swimming pool.' Only the brave do this, but proper stories of 'daring do' have to be earned the hard way at this bar!
Accommodation is in either Tree Houses or Bush Huts.
- The Tree Houses are available in double, triple and family sizes and have en suite bathrooms with an outside shower. Built around a tree, on a wooden deck with a thatched roof, they have reed walls at the back and roll up blinds in front, giving them a rustic feel. They are equipped with linen, towels and mosquito nets. Most have a braai area, but are not equipped for self-catering. They are comfortable but rustic and most have open views of the Kavango river.
- The Bush huts are rustic, thatched huts consisting of two half-walled rooms, one double and one twin, and an open air bathroom at the rear. They are equipped with mosquito nets, linen and towels. Although they do not have a view of the river, each one has a lovely private garden with a braai area (however the bush Huts are not equipped for self-catering).
Activities include boat cruises, river rafting, fishing trips, (catch and release only) guided bird/village walks & game drives. For fun guests enjoy frisbee golf, volleyball, sunset tours and swimming in that unique floating river pool!
Elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo, the African Wild Dog and the rare Sable and Roan antelope abound in both the Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks. Ngepi is renowned as one of the best birding spots in Namibia, so camera's and binoculars at the ready!
Transfers to and from Bagani or Shakawe airstrips can be arranged.
- Mahango Game Park
- A remote area with plenty of Namibian birds and mammals around not too far away.
- Guided walks
- Many species of bird frequent the Ngepi Camp area including Hartlaub's babbler, chirping cisticola, Meyer's parrot, golden weaver, swamp boubou, copper-tailed coucal and rock pratincole. Sharp-tailed starlings can be seen in nearby fields.
- These are tigerfish waters (although other species are also available!). Fishing is done on a catch and release only basis.
- Sunset cruises
- Another opportunity to see the riverine wildlife starts as the sun sets.
- River rafting
- Although not the scary Zambezi River white knuckle stuff, Ngepi Camp take you to a great area some 30km upstream from the camp. Once there you can climb aboard their 'CROC' 2 man inflatable canoes where you will be guided through a series of not too daunting, but exciting all the same, islands and rapids. Great fun for all the family (no children under 12 allowed though). Choose from an all day trip or an all-in overnight excursion staying on an island. The last rapid is at Popa falls.
- Splash around in the only floating river pool of it's kind.
Ngepi Camp is located 14km from Divundu, which is a small settlement on the B8 road between Rundu (200km) and Katima Mulilo (320km). At the T-junction in Divundu you will see signs for Ngepi Camp as well as for Popa Falls and Mahango Park which are in the same direction. Turn onto the D3403 road and drive 10km until you see the sign for Ngepi Camp on the left hand side, from where it is a further 4km.
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