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The Kwando River

Rivers of Namibia

Rising in the central Angolan highlands, and east of the Kunene River, is the Kwando River, which forms the boundary between Namibia, Angola and Zambia. After making its way through the Caprivi Strip, it flows along the border of Mudumu National Park, before disappearing into the Okavango River in one direction and breaking up into a labyrinth of channels, islands and oxbow lakes, to form the vast Linyanti Swamps in another. Quite a journey!

The river is the lifeblood of this region of the Caprivi, and the Kwando's waters nourishes the land. Elephants and hippo, spotted-necked otters and crocodiles all share and love these waters, and the rare red lechwe and sitatunga tread warily. Local fisherman skillfully pole their mokoros (dug-out canoes) as they cast their nets for tilapia; further along the river is the swirl of the fanged tiger fish and the ripples of turtles.

After spring rains in the Angolan highlands, the Kwando rises, sometimes by as much as 2m, and subsequently inundates the floodplains that surround the forests in Mudumu National Park. The new grass nurtures large herds of plains animals, most notably Burchell's zebra and impala. The Kwando's rapid rise also nourishes papyrus beds and marshland that act as fish nurseries, and serve superb wetland bird habitat. Roughly 430 bird species have been recorded in the region, including cranes, storks and the sacred ibis that forage in marshy ground. African jacana walk on floating vegetation on lily-covered pans, and frequently chase each other in short dashes, racing across lily beds on broad webbed feet.

Soak up the charm and excitement of the Kwando River with a stay at Lianshulu Lodge, set on the banks of the river, nestled beneath a canopy of shady jackalberry and mangosteen trees. Hire a boat at Mazambala Island Lodge to catch Tiger Fish, bream, nembwe, squeaker or barbel. Or if you fancy something a little more adventurous, then zip up your tent in Bumhill campsite to the sound of sloshing water, frogs croaking, hippo's chuckling and the occasional roar of a lion!

Rivers of Namibia

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Camp Kwando

On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves

Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge

Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.

Caprivi Houseboat Safaris

Explore the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the Zambezi Regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site.

Chobe Princess Houseboats

Part of the Zambezi Queen collection these three smaller houseboats operate on the Chobe River " offer a superb opportunity to view birds, mammals and scenery on a 2 or 3 night trip

Chobe River Camp

A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.

Chobe Savanna Lodge

Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation on the banks of the Chobe River in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors

Chobe Water Villas

Overlooking the Chobe River and Botswana's Chobe National Park, this boutique hotel offers an excellent opportunity to experience all the wildlife and activities the Chobe Region has to offer

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.

Jackalberry Tented Camp

A four room private camp set inside the Nkasa Rupara National Park. A remote and private location in Namibia's least visited hidden gems of a game park makes this a must visit lodge. The lodge can also be booked for exclusive use on a self catering basis

Kaza Safari Lodge | Impalila Island

This lodge is located at the only place in the world where four countries meet. It is a wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.

Lianshulu Bush Lodge

A more rustic and smaller alternative to the ever popular Lianshulu Lodge

Lianshulu Lodge

Situated in the Mudumu National Park this is one of the east Zambezi Region's most popular lodges

Mazambala Island Lodge

Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway

Nambwa Lodge

Located on the banks of the Kwando river in the heart of the Mashi Conservancy, within Bwabwata National Park. This is a sanctuary for more than 35 game species and upwards of 330 bird species. Animals move freely throughout the area which creates a mecca for wildlife viewing

Namushasha River Lodge

A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.

Pride of the Zambezi Houseboat

A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

Susuwe Island Lodge

in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool

Zambezi Mubala Lodge

Along the edge of the mighty Zambezi River, lies a bird-lover’s dream, this lodge is home to one of the largest colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters, that live along the banks of the majestic Zambezi.

Zambezi Queen

A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River which offers 2 or 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. An excellent way to celebrate a special occasion or just to relax in these splendid surroundings

Zovu Elephant Lodge

In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers

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