Camp Kwando is a popular stopover set on the banks of the River Kwando. Many people on fly- drive safaris use it as the perfect base to explore Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and then on to Bwabwata National Park and Victoria Falls. Others like to unwind here after a period of intensive travel and admire the riverine location. Situated 25km south of the village of Kongola, it is approximately 125km west of Katima Mulilo and 400km east of Rundu.
The main building consists of a large thatched lapa, decorated with African artifacts. Relax and unwind in the spacious lounge on the comfortable leather sofa's chairs. The open-sided dining area overlooks the river and crocs and hippo can often be seen. There is a bar, secure parking and locally made arts and crafts can be bought from the curio shop. Tea & coffee is available throughout the day.
Solar power provides 24/7 electricity. The swimming pool is a great place to take it easy after a game drive or boat swamp trip. There are sun-shades and umbrellas as well as a thatched chill-out zone to escape the hot afternoon sun.
Guests enjoy a hearty Camp Kwando buffet breakfast before joining the morning's activities; there are 12 options available! The evening meal usually consists of a selection of game meats and the fresh vegetables are grown in their very own herb and vegetable garden. To finish off your 3 course dinner, how's about a dish of home-made ice-cream?
Tented Chalet: Each of the 14 tents is equipped with 2 beds fitted with mosquito nets. One of these tents is a family unit. En-suite open-sky bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin (hot and cold running water), mosquito nets and an in-room safe are standard. The tents are built on poles with a terrace overlooking the river; anglers can fish the river from here.
Luxury Chalets / Tree Houses: The six Tree Houses are thatched roof bungalows built on stilts. The very spacious rooms have big en-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin and a large terrace with a great view of the plains. These rooms are equipped with ceiling fans.
Camp Kwando has several child friendly activities, including making fishing rods and learning how to weave baskets and as such is a great choice for those looking for a family friendly lodge.
Boat trips on the Kwando River: The lodge has its own flat bottom aluminium boat complete with canvas roof for protection against the sun. Game drives leave early morning or late afternoon to capture high density wildlife activity and to make the best possible use of light for photography. An afternoon boat cruise focuses on specific birding requests from Camp Kwando's guests with some 450 species recorded in the region. There is also a tender for smaller parties and fishing trips.
Game drives: Specially equipped 10 seater Land Rovers leave early morning and late afternoon, usually to Mudumu Game Park, and include a drinks/snacks break.
Tours: Tours of 2 days or more to Bwabwata National Park and Nkasa Rupara National Park can be organised. Due to the nature of the terrain and National Park rules, these exciting expeditions require 2 vehicles and nights are spent camping in the bush! Mamili is especially wild and remote, with the priority on encountering wildlife!
Visit a traditional village: Next to Camp Kwando is a village where most of their staff live. The inhabitants have created a 'Traditional Village', where presentations of various fishing and hunting techniques are shown, as well as aspects of every day life. During this visit, the village 'Medicine Man' performs his one-man 'see how different dances were used against various illnesses or to cure other problems' show!
School visits: There are 2 local schools bordering the lodge grounds. Support for these trips through tourism, allows Kwando Camp to maintain their impetus on the level and maintenance of quality teaching. Fees paid for these visits is re-injected directly back into schooling material. This project is closely monitored by Kwando Camp, who carefully track all donations.
Fishing trips: There is enough fishing tackle for groups of 4 to angle on the Kwando River. Their chef is only too pleased to prepare your catch for supper. The more adventurous might like to attempt netting a tiger fish; these have been known to weight up to 8 pounds in these waters!
Birding: The Caprivi is home to over 400 of Namibia's wetland and woodland bird species including Pel's fishing owl, African skimmer, African finfoot, white-backed heron, swamp boubou and Schalow's turaco. During the breeding season large flocks of Carmine bee-eaters frequent the area.
Guided Nature Walks: Early morning and late afternoon guided nature walks can be organized on a Kwando River island followed by either a bush lunch or sundowner snacks.
For Children: Kids can make their own fishing rods and learn how the local community catch fish or discover the ancestral technique of basket weaving. Both activities include materials and are run in the afternoon.
Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic with open fronted bungalows overlooking the river.
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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.
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Settled along the banks of the Kwando River, each tented unit can sleep four people in comfortable beds. With en suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen, this is an iconic way to experience the Zambezi Region. Elephants, hippos and a myriad of bird species will keep you company amongst waterlilies and the African bush. Spend your evenings around a campfire with the sounds of the Kwando to keep you company. Or visit the lodge a short walk away to enjoy a dining experience of plunge in the pool. In addition, game drives and boat cruises are also available to guests – unless they wish to experience the mighty Bwabwata as a self-drive experience.
The Zambezi Region – Namibia’s Best Kept Secret Along the banks of the majestic Kwando River lies a thatched kingdom. Views stretch across the marshlands of the Bwabwata National Park, as a xylophone of sounds lead the sun to the western horizon and dancing hippos welcome it at dawn. Namushasha River Lodge is home to abundance. The thatch-roofed chalets peak out from between the thick trees, with the slow flow of the Kwando below. Game drives in the Bwabwata National Park where elephant, hippo, and buffalo reside. Or view the wild wonders from the river with a scenic cruise. Discover the wealth the river holds.
The abundance of the Kwando River flows into this intimate setting. Anchored in its own channel along the river, this floating Villa offers an escape like no other. Guests are ferried to the location from Namushasha River Lodge, via a private game drive through the Bwabwata National Park. The entire Villa is equipped to cater to every need. With a selection of snacks, pastries, condiments and more, as well as a wide range of wine, whiskeys and gins – guests will have everything they need. As the sun sets, a crackling fire dances in the fire pit on the terrace. Every evening is spent in blissful peace as your only company is the abundant wildlife moving along the banks of the river.
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Turn south on from the Trans Caprivi Highway (B8) onto the C49 at Kongola. 25km down this road (the C49) you will encounter a signpost to Camp Kwando, follow this sign for 3km and you will reach Camp Kwando.Download Map
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