Ngepi camp

Ngepi Camp is a unique and beautiful eco-lodge set amongst the flooded plains and swampy backwaters of the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta Panhandle in Namibia. It nestles between Mahango National Park,, a few kilometres to the south and Bwabwata National Park opposite across the river. The region is teeming with mammals large and small and stunning colourful birds.

This is an ideal stopover for a night or two for self-drive tourists and families who wish to combine wildlife viewing from Ngepi itself complemented with traditional morning or afternoon game drives into the national parks. It's also an opportunity to restock and refuel at the small town of Divundu (which has a petrol station and some basic supplies) only 14kms away.

The lodge's main building has the kitchen, restaurant, dining area and bar with riverfront views. There is a curio shop with education centre. The bar is the place to head to exchange wildlife and travel stories with fellow globetrotters. Electricity is solar powered and supply is therefore limited so Items such as air conditioners, kettles, microwaves, geysers, hairdryers, etc. cannot be used. All plug points and lights run on timers. Complementary tea/coffee is available at the bar and valuables can be secured at reception, where there is a metered telephone to keep in contact with the outside world.

For guests who like to swim on holiday, Windhoek has a namby-pamby heated indoor swimming pool. Real explorers and adventurers dive into the Ngepi Camp river 'hippo and croc big cage swimming pool.' Only the brave do this, but proper stories of 'daring do' have to be earned the hard way at this bar!

Accommodation is in either Tree Houses or Bush Huts.

The Tree Houses are available in double, triple and family sizes and have en suite bathrooms with an outside shower. Built around a tree, on a wooden deck with a thatched roof, they have reed walls at the back and roll up blinds in front, giving them a rustic feel. They are equipped with linen, towels and mosquito nets. Most have a braai area, but are not equipped for self-catering. They are comfortable but rustic and most have open views of the Kavango river.

The Bush huts are rustic, thatched huts consisting of two half-walled rooms, one double and one twin, and an open air bathroom at the rear. They are equipped with mosquito nets, linen and towels. Although they do not have a view of the river, each one has a lovely private garden with a braai area (however the bush Huts are not equipped for self-catering).

Activities include boat cruises, river rafting, fishing trips, (catch and release only) guided bird/village walks & game drives. For fun guests enjoy frisbee golf, volleyball, sunset tours and swimming in that unique floating river pool!

Elephant, lion, leopard, hippo, buffalo, the African Wild Dog and the rare Sable and Roan antelope abound in both the Bwabwata and Mahango National Parks. Ngepi is renowned as one of the best birding spots in Namibia, so camera's and binoculars at the ready!

Transfers to and from Bagani or Shakawe airstrips can be arranged.

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Mahango Game Park:

A remote area with plenty of Namibian birds and mammals around not too far away.

Many species of bird frequent the Ngepi Camp area including Hartlaub's babbler, chirping cisticola, Meyer's parrot, golden weaver, swamp boubou, copper-tailed coucal and rock pratincole. Sharp-tailed starlings can be seen in nearby fields.

These are tigerfish waters (although other species are also available!). Fishing is done on a catch and release only basis.

Another opportunity to see the riverine wildlife starts as the sun sets.

Although not the scary Zambezi River white knuckle stuff, Ngepi Camp take you to a great area some 30km upstream from the camp. Once there you can climb aboard their 'CROC' 2 man inflatable canoes where you will be guided through a series of not too daunting, but exciting all the same, islands and rapids. Great fun for all the family (no children under 12 allowed though). Choose from an all day trip or an all-in overnight excursion staying on an island. The last rapid is at Popa falls.

Splash around in the only floating river pool of it's kind.

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Traveller Reviews

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

Valkhoff, Vera

8 Oct 2016

Absolutely lovely campsite! Very special, felt as being on vacation! We saw a lot of elephants during the sunset cruise

Gavagan, Ian

19 Mar 2013

Excellent service, very amusing and also very knowledgeable. Will definitely go back there when I return in the future.

Hopkinson, Gary

23 Oct 2013

A good place to stop. Food and service were good, with an old-world atmosphere. The river cruise was noteworthy however.

Mcgrath, Catherine

1 Oct 2016

Wonderful setting. People lovely. Really an upgraded camping site which is great. Be prepared for the road getting there.

Rideout Karen

11 May 2016

Nice place, but ablutions could be cleaner. Service was polite but not particularly friendly. Treehouses were spectacular.

Detzner, Anne

13 Sep 2013

this is the place we love love loved staying at,so happy we got two days here, but thought the staff was unhappy and unfriendly

Baste, Alice

19 Dec 2016

Great experience because the owner runs the place differently than other lodges, i.e. in a durable, sustainable way. Very inspiring!!

Mylrea, Stephen

14 Jul 2015

Brilliant birdlife in camp. A walk with the guide is a must. Well-run and some brilliant unique accommodation options. Highly recommended.

Brennan,dawn

5 Jan 2017

Loved it will definitely go back in 2018. The people there were so friendly and made you feel so welcome. And camped next to the river was amazing.

Bogacki Marek

19 Oct 2016

Fantastic camp, extremely friendly and nice. Many funny things and signs everywhere. One of the best camps i've ever stayed. I wish i could stay longer.

Roberts, Lin

30 Sep 2017

This is one of my favourite campsites of our trip. It is very well Set out, it has a very humorous outlook and a wonderful vantage point to observe hippos .

Hensley, Kathy

28 Aug 2013

Very pleasant campsite. We had spot #2, and it was very quiet and peaceful. We also took the river cruise and saw lots of hippos--very special! Lovely place.

Waddell, Jill

2 Sep 2019

Amazing! Loved the river pool and the tree houses. Highly recommend. We liked that it was more rustic and less posh than some of the other places (eg Namushasha)

Hughes, Kevin

14 Aug 2015

The road in was a bit sandy for a small rental car but this was my favorite campsite and setting in Namibia. Could have easily chilled out there for a few extra days.

Wouters, Arno

28 Jun 2017

Awesome place! Campsites and bar next to the river, very enjoyable atmosphere, cheap day trips, toilets and bathrooms with river view and so on. Definitely recommended!

Morrisey, Don

1 Jan 2016

Nice place to stay, with sound of hippos at night on adjacent river, protected swimming in the river. Specialised bird and other trips. Bush toilets and showers are a special feature.

Balls, Paula

11 Jan 2015

This grew on us after initially being uncertain. We thought the evening meal was a non event but the bar meals were fine. I think he does trade on the ecological aspects to cut corners though!

Joosten, Winnie

12 Oct 2013

Really nice place to stay two days. I love the fact that they are self-sustainable (surplus!) and joining them for dinner is the best you can do because the food they prepare for dinner is outstanding!

Black,monica

21 Aug 2017

Cool vibe here. Staff has great sense of humor. We did the game drive from here and saw many animals. The camp sites have really neat bush toilets. The only drawback was a sewer smell next to campsite 16.

Moore, John

25 Aug 2013

Camp was excellent. Food excellent in evening although breakfast ordering a bit weird. Order at bar - gets passed through to kitchen (or not in our case). Some people left after waiting too long for cooked breakfast.

Van Wyk, Pieter

23 Oct 2013

We were disappointed with Ngepi.It was dirty and disorganised.The local guides crowded the bar area and restaurant all day.I never saw the Manager during our 2 night stay.I am not sure how they ever received a Getaway award.

Moreno, Teresa

13 Sep 2016

Excellent!! Nice hippo pool, great location, very relaxed atmosphere and nice staff. Free coffee/tea and wifi are awesome. The treehouses are amazing, and the campsites have power sockets and water but no lamps. Lots of mosquitoes, bring repellent.

Tiroler, Zoltan

25 Aug 2016

The one place we were not very happy about. Seemed disorganised. Inefficient, very slow, no information. Breakfast served late, and dinner not worth the money. They also ran out of food the second day (!) Poorer service and place in comparison with the others.

Zank, Edwin

29 Jun 2015

Stunning place. We had tree house 17 which was secluded, right on the river and a perfect place to unwind. Lying in bed we were serenaded by Hippo, Elephant, Lion and in the morning and late afternoon by the Fish Eagle. Food was acceptable and drinks cheap. Wonderful little place of Edwin

Barton, Richard

15 Oct 2014

Loved the accommodation! Bamboo curtains to three sides, almost overhanging the river. My car alarm went off at 3:00am, resulting a scary torch-lit (and probably stupid) walk in the dark. The new management are making a great effort to pick the place up and it will be even better in future

Directions

Ngepi Camp is located 14km from Divundu, which is a small settlement on the B8 road between Rundu (200km) and Katima Mulilo (320km). At the T-junction in Divundu you will see signs for Ngepi Camp as well as for Popa Falls and Mahango Park which are in the same direction. Turn onto the D3403 road and drive 10km until you see the sign for Ngepi Camp on the left hand side, from where it is a further 4km.

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