Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa stands on the banks of the the Okavango River. Built in and amongst the tall trees and bush overlooking the water, the lodge is just a few hundred metres from Popa Falls. The area where the lodge is situated is know warmly by the local people as Paradishi Ghomumbiru, or Little Paradise. Divava makes for an ideal base not just to visit the falls but to day trip into Bwabwata National Park and Mahango Game Reserve. Self-drive tourists can also prepare for their onward journey into the Okavango Delta or further west to Rundu and onto Etosha National Park.
The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner from a set menu some with 'an African touch'. A buffet style service will be introduced for larger groups or in the high season. A selection of fine wines, liquors and spirits can be ordered from the bar to complement your meals. Lunch packs must be organized in advance for guests going on day activities. Afternoon tea, coffee and cake are served on the viewing deck.
Relax and unwind in a comfortable lounge setting and chat to other guests on your day's adventures. All of the hospitality areas overlook the Okavango River. Other facilities include a laundry service and a Wi-Fi connection at reception. Jump into the inviting pool to escape the hot afternoon sun and chill on sun-loungers afterwards.
Many guests at Divava Lodge like to pamper themselves with a visit to the Mystique Spa. The lodge's swimming pool is conveniently situated right next to the sauna and steam rooms, (with a view over the river), as do the 2 round open treatment rooms, which includes a bath treatment therapy.
Accommodation is in 20 luxury chalets. They are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers, a bath, double sinks and separate toilet. Air-conditioning, telephone, room service, mini-bar/fridge, mosquito nets, tea/coffee station and an in-room safe are standard.Hair-dryers,bathrobes/towels, as well as complementary soaps, shampoo's and shower caps, compliment the lodge's personalized service.
Activities from the lodge include boat cruises to the Popa Falls, where binoculars and camera's should be at the ready, to watch and record hippo and crocodiles lolling in and around the river banks. Game viewing trips to the Mahango Game Reserve, (only 14kms away) at the far western end of the Bwabwata National Park, can be arranged and although it is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles, the minor gravel tracks, ensures a closer view of the game.
The dry season is a particularly beneficial part of the year for game viewing, as huge herds of elephant congregate along the Okavango River, not to mention frequent sightings of buffalo, sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe.
Divava Okavango Lodge also has it's own private island. Guests can hop on a boat for a champagne breakfast, lazy lunch, or a sundowner trip. Other pursuits such as fishing trips and guided bird watching walks, can be put together at the lodge. The larger houseboat can be used for romantic candlelit dinners, cruising down river to the night sounds of the African bush!
Visitors might like to go on a guided tour to an authentic Kavango village near Divava. Here they can see how food and drink are prepared, watch traditional dancing, go out into the fields and find out how the locals grow their crops, as well as learn about cultural life in general.
By Road - Mahango NP: Four out of the Big 5 can be found in this park which is only 10mins drive from Divava Lodge. Elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard are observed regularly.
Bwabwata NP: The many narrow roads around the park are not always accessible due to flooding in the rainy season, when the Kavango River is at its highest. Elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocs and roam antelope are present and over 400 species of bird have been recorded in the western Caprivi Strip.
Cultural visit: The Kavango people of a nearby traditional village are only too happy to welcome guests of Divava Okavango Lodge to their way of life. Learn of their crop growing skills, how food and drink is prepared, many other aspects of their culture culminated by the highlight of the tour - traditional dancing.
By boat - Popa Falls: Although not the biggest falls found in Namibia, they are only a few hundred metes from the lodge and make for a beautiful setting for a sundowner boat cruise or island dinner.
Boat safari: A great way to discover the going's on of the Kavango River is by either a small or large boat downstream to view hippo, crocs and the large array of birdlife. Experience wildlife as nature intended.
Sundowner cruise: Cruise upstream from the lodge for a stunning sunset accompanied by some snacks and light refreshments.
Mokoro trip: This is the main form of transport on the Kavango River, so expect to see locals silently drifting along the river on a Jackalberry or Sausage tree trunk as well. Your experienced and knowledgeable poler knows the flora and fauna of the area and a mokoro trip is a real adventure.
Fishing: Fishing is on the mighty Kavango River is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Try and catch a tigerfish, tilapia or catfish.
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These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
A superb venue - a real highlight of our trip. Staff were excellent, as was the food and the sundowners boat-trip!
From Rundu, the lodge is situated 200km en-route the B8 (Caprivi Highway) to the east to Divundu. At Divundu the journey takes you a further 7km to the south, a drive offering great scenic beauty. Divava Okavango Lodge can also be reached from Maun via Shakawe in Botswana Divava Okavango Lodge can easily accessible by air or by road. The Bagani Airstrip is only 5km away and transfer shuttles are available.Download Map
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