Visitors to the Eastern Caprivi Strip can now use a new base to explore Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and Mudumu National Park. Situated only 400m from the entrance to Nkasa Rupara Park is Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. The lodge is located on the unfenced northern park border and the wildlife from the park is free to wander from the park through the lodge property and into the Wuparo Conservancy.
Nkasa Rupara park is wild! Perhaps that is why it is seldom visited. This adventurous watery wonderland of wildlife rich islands, river channels and wetlands, mirrors Botswana's Okavango Delta. Mamili holds the distinction of being the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia. In turn it protects flora and fauna living within a complex channel of reed beds, lakes and islands, that form the Linyanti swamps. The focal point of the 320km² national park are Nkasa and Lupala, two large islands in the Kwando/Linyati River systems, from which the tented lodge takes it's name.
Nkasa Lupala Lodge is spacious and comfortable the main lounge and dining area are built on an elevated wooden deck, providing breathtaking views across the papyrus floodplains and reedbed permeated channels. One of the lodge's main drawcards is that a large population of the park's wildlife roam freely around the unfenced lodge surroundings, through the floodplain, savannah and woodland habitat.
Other facilities include a laundry service, guest lounge and secure parking. Electricity and hot water are supplied throughout the camp by solar power.
Nkasa Lupala Lodge offers comfortable remote wilderness living at its best, but the lodge is not for those expecting a high level of 'city style' luxury. Lions, hippos and elephants frequently roam through the camp, on cloudy days hot water may be scarce, and while the lodge offers a wi-fi connection this is also solar powered. The road to the lodge is pretty much 4x4 only (high clearance vehicles should also have no trouble reaching the lodge) and for the adventurous visitor to Namibia looking for a unique wilderness experience this lodge is a must. Accommodation is in 10 en-suit tented units, all elevated on stilts. Each tent deck affords fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. They are in a combination of:
8 x Luxury tents.
1 x Honeymoon suite.
1 x Family tent.
A number of exciting and adventurous activities by vehicle, on foot or by boat can be arranged. All excursions are conducted by experienced and knowledgeable guides, in custom-made safari vehicles and appropriate boating equipment. Large herds of elephants and buffalo, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, impala, red lechwe, reedbuck and the elusive sitatunga can be observed. Over 400 species of bird have been recorded in the area including wattled cranes, rosy-throated longclaw, slaty egret, Meves' starling and the greater swamp warbler.
Children are welcome at Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp, although it is not recommended for smaller children due to the presence of wild animals in unfenced surroundings.
Sundowner Boat Cruises: Have a few drinks with fellow travellers as the sun sets. This is the ideal way to end any day at Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp.
Guided walks: Another little-used way to game view, which can get you very close to wildlife without disturbing the behavioural patterns and routines of the animals.
The Combo: A combination of game driving in the Nkasa Rupara park and a boat cruise on the Linyanti river. As we may have mentioned the park is remote and you are unlikely to come across any other visitors apart from large herds of impala, great numbers of birds and the occasional elephant or lion pride. The boat trip on the Linyanti is even more spectacular, Nkasa Lupala lodge are the only people with the concession to visit this part of the Linyanti river, so you are nearly guaranteed to be alone on the river. Game & bird viewing are both phenomenal on the Linyanti and you are likely to see elephant, hippo, giraffe and a number of waterbuck species and a huge variate of birds.
Self-drive visit to Nkasa Rupara Park: As the park is only a few hundred meters from the lodge, it is a simple matter to explore the park in your own 4x4 vehicle. Permits can be obtained from the rangers office.
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These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
A nice friendly camp but the lodges were tired and it was difficult to get hot water. An excellent guide. **
Very nice little site - very undisturbed and nice to have trips without having to drive with too many other tourists
Really nice welcoming people (Owners Alex & Rogero are super friendly and knowledgeable) Great combi tour with Forry
The highlight of the trip. Great hosts, motivated staff, good guide - and the park was great, and not yet discovered by the masses
Wonderful place, very good food, great staff, beautiful area. Very much worth recommending. Loads of ellies, inside the camp as well. Game needs to get a bit more used to vehicles.
This lodge is worth recommending. Beautiful location and luxury tents very nice and comfortable. The owner was not in but staff was very professional and extremely friendly.Combo drive perfect.
An absolutely beautifully located lodge. It is wild and wonderful. With marvelous hosts and excellent activities. Being able to drive in the national park and then explore by boat was just wonderful.
"Interesting" long bumpy drive into Lodge. Tented accommodation OK. Food could have been more creative and larger serves. No animals around Lodge at this time of year, not much to do. Few animals spotted in Nat. Park.
Our absolute favorite! What a paradise! Beautiful beautiful lodge with lots of eco friendly ideas and Simon who owns the place took good care of us and took us on some wonderful and lucky game drives. We really regret we didn`t stay there more!
This was hands down, our favorite place: the people, the location, the food, the animals. The game drive and boat were fabulous with a wonderful guide (Fori). Even a small pool! Elephants right outside our tent at night (I mean RIGHT outside our tent). So much fun! Simone is a great host.
Second to Xaro. Highly recommended. Owners really went out of their way to successfully resolve a problem. Unfortunately, the images on their web site do not reflect the current low river levels. That's not to detract from the experience but owners need to ensure their messages reflect reality.
Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge is on the Nkasa Rupara NP boundaries, 1km East from the Shisintze ranger station and park entrance and 11km South from Sangwali village. The lodge is in around 75km from Kongola (B8 road) and 130 from Katima Mulilo. From Kongola and Katima Mulilo, follow the C49 road up to the junction to the Sangwali village (direction Mamili NP). The C49 road is a perfect and maintained gravel road from Kongola and mainly tarred from Katima Mulilo. From Sangwali take the road to the Mamili NP. (4x4 is advised or call the lodge for pick-up, there is a safe parking for normal vehicles in Sangwali) Two new steel bridges where build in 2010 on the road to the Park. However the first bridge is still in wood but in perfect conditions. Once arrived to the Shisintze ranger station on the road that is the Park boundary cutline, drive East for 1km and you are arrived to the Lodge.Download Map
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