Mahangu safari lodge

Mahangu Safari Lodge is situated 22kms south of the small town of Divundu on the western bank of the Okavango River. The lodge serves as a great base for day trips and activities into Mahango National Park and for Kavango River boat trips. It is also a convenient stopover en-route to or from Maun, the Okavango Delta in Botswana or the famous Victoria Falls, from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side. The word 'Mahangu' means 'food of the local people'.

The thatched lodge is built amongst Jackalberry trees and wild date palms. The main dining area, bar and living room and swimming pool, all have great views of Okavango river. There is also a cozy fireplace, to ward off those cold, chilly nights.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served from a set menu. There are 2 big sunset decks on the front of the river, an ideal location for birders and photographers alike, as well as having excellent views of the Caprivi National Park.

Accommodation is in bungalows or safari tents. There are:

Bungalows: 10 x bungalows with twin or double beds, en-suite facilities, a shower, toilet and washbasin. Air conditioning and mosquito nets, 220v electricity and lights, hot and cold water, filtered water, an air-cooling system, hair dryers and tea/coffee station are standard.

Luxury 'big safari' tents: 6 x tented units with twin beds, en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin and similar facilities to the bungalows.

Those staying 2 or more nights at Mahangu Lodge have the option of breakfast on their breakfast boat. Departing ate around 07h30 in the morning and returning after 09h00. The ideal way to enjoy the chef's awesome omelette's while surrounded by hippos.

Activities include game drives to Mahango National Park and to the West Caprivi National Park, trips to the nearby Popa Falls, bird and game viewing boat trips on the Okavango River, guided Tiger and Bream river fishing trips, and the river areas are a bird watchers paradise. There is no shortage of elephants, crocodiles, hippos and fish eagles in this area. The lodge has 7 boats available for fishing.

Mahangu Safari Lodge is a good overnight stopover for self drive visitors on holiday in Namibia.

The nearest airstrip is at Divundu (Bagani). Both German and English are spoken at the lodge.

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Game drives: Excursions to Mahango/Bwabwata NP can be organized. There are 3 distinct habitats in Mahango Game Reserve; river, fossil river and open dry woodland. Year-round water ensures an abundance of game but from April to November opportunities increase as the animals head for the river and waterholes. Mahango is home to many antelope such as roan, reedbuck, tsessebe, sitatunga, sable, red lechwe, kudu, Chobe bushbuck , duiker and steenbok as well as all the main usual wildlife suspects including elephant, lion, leopard and African wild dog.

Boat trips: Another enjoyable way to game view on the Kavango River is by boat. The late afternoon is often the best time to enjoy big game activity, as well as cruising in and out of pods of hippos and crocs.

Fishing: Guided trips on the river can be organized. Bream and tigerfish dominate the river species.

Birding: Insects and butterflies are attracted to the many species of trees, flowers and shrubs. Large numbers of tiny creatures in turn attract over 400 species of bird to the region.

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Van Den Berg, Martin

27 Aug 2011

Well run, good lodge great view over the river from the tent. Nice people. Food ok, but not really special or creative

Du Plessis, Angélique

9 Jan 2012

What a nice place! The food was great, the staff was very helpfull and we had a great time with them - will deffinitely be back.

Brinks, Hans

4 Oct 2010

Good Lodge. Manager can be a bit more friendly towards customers. Rest of the team was great. Additional Birding walk was a good expereience

Kanitzer, Paul

20 Nov 2011

Lower quality of the rooms ( used soap, bed not very clean, towels smelling humid), but wonderful situation on the river and friendly service.

Keusseyan, Celine

29 Aug 2015

Loved it! Food was delicious, the setting superb and the restaurant deck so beautiful. Very charming and scenic. We wish we could have stayed longer.

Kaszo, Attila

2 Jul 2011

Nice location, but hut smelt of disinfectant, and the food was very ordinary. Best part was the river, the boat ride and the great little Mahangu National Park. Staff were fine

Reggio, Chiara

26 Aug 2011

This is the worst place we have been in. The service was extremely poor and the quality of food was very low. People there are nice but it does not make up for the lack of quality.


22 Oct 2016

Beautiful lodge, wonderful activities (Mahangu NP self drive, Buffalo park super game drive, Sunset Cruise) and very good food. A breakfast morning Cruise offered for 2 nights DBB : great!

Wilkinson, Colin

31 May 2018

One of my favourites. Very peaceful with pleasant staff and good food. I particularly recommend the Breakfast trip on the boat, and also the Buffalo safari across the river. I will definitely return.

Bowie, Rhena

26 Apr 2011

Although flooded, the staff were still friendly and hospitable. We enjoyed our stay, and the great views of the Zambezi river. The lodge is also nice and very well maintained. I hope the road clears up soon.


Heading along the B8 Caprivi road, turn south onto the D3430 at the town of Divundu, Mahangu Safari Lodge lies 22 km south of the town

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