Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge is situated a few kilometres east of the town of Katima Mulilo. It is nestled amongst a lush green garden overlooking the banks of the Zambezi River and is the ideal stopover location when travelling to or from Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The name of the lodge may be a bit confusing, this lodge is based on the banks of the river and is not a houseboat, the reason for the name is this is also the starting point for the exciting Caprivi Houseboat Safaris.
This lodge is also the perfect base for self-drive tourists who wish to explore some of the region's other main draw cards: Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara National Parks as well as Bwabwata National Park. Transfers from Katima Mulilo, Kasane, Livingstone and Victoria Falls airports can also be arranged.
Facilities at Caprivi Houseboat Lodge include a a rose wood deck with lounge bar. Breakfast & dinner are available and served on the covered patio in front of the main building. The decor of the the rooms and communal areas is simple and functional.
The main communal area which encompasses a bar, lounge area and dining table is on an open deck overlooking the river. It is an excellent place to sit and watch life on the river go by. From you perch on the deck you can expect to see plenty of birds, the occasional hippo, jumping tiger fish and local people going around their business on the river. Fascinatingly river transport is largely by means of mokoro, a hollowed out tree trunk canoe.
Accommodation is in five rustic chalets that have an open front which looks onto the river. This can be closed at night using reed blinds, but expect to be lulled to sleep by the sounds of grunting hippo and woken by the early chorus of Namibian birds. En-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and a ceiling fan are standard.
The peaceful waterside location lends itself for boating and cruising at a leisurely pace. Fishermen should note the best angling months are from late April through to January for tigerfish and catfish and June to November for bream. Boats are accompanied by a skipper and knowledgeable angling guides are on hand.
Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge offers good value for money and is certainly one of the better options for anyone requiring accommodation in the Katima Mulilo area.
The Zambezi River is famous for tigerfish and bream. Morning and afternoon excursions to the Wanela Rapids and other suitable rock beds will challenge anglers of all standards.
For anglers who wish to travel further a field then day trips can be arranged. Known tigerfish and bream angling spots some 40 - 60km away offer an exciting alternative.
Overnight boat safaris on the lodge's houseboats, sleeping in a roof-tent for a couple of nights can be arranged.
Sunset Cruises: These are a popular and relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular Zambezi River sunset.
Half or full day cruise: Hop onto a boat and cruise the river for a picnic or braai lunch on the riverbank.
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These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Very nice venue on the river. Catering for dinner is a fixed two course meal, might be problematic if specific catering needs are required. Breakfast was very nice.
Loved this place. Not overly elaborate but thoughtfully put together. I have never talked about visiting the bathroom at three in the morning before but tell everyone about having a full moon as a night light there!
Leave Katima on the B8 en route to the Botswana (Ngoma) border, a few kilometers outside of town turn left on the gravel road (this is well signposted to Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge), the entrance is 800m down this dirt track on your left.Download Map
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