River dance lodge

In this hidden paradise at the Okavango River you truly feel at home. Wonderfully managed by a Swiss couple it offers great game drives, river cruises, walks, a bush spa and even yoga sessions. And every day ends with a fabulous candlelight dinner on the main deck.

This eco boutique lodge at the Okavango River is truly a discovery and much more than just a convenient stopover when traveling the Kavango and Zambezi regions. Make sure to stay at least three full days. Wonderfully managed by a Swiss couple this small place with just seven private bungalows and four luxury campsites makes you feel at home. And it is the ideal base for romantic river cruises, exploring the nearby parks, cultural visit of the neighbour village or just relaxing at the pool and maybe enjoying a massage with river view.

Visitors to the Kavango Region can stopover at Riverdance Lodge which enjoys a water side location. It is only 24km from the small town of Divundu. They offer the ideal base to explore Popa Falls, Mahango Game Reserve and Bwabwata National Park, all within an hour's drive from the lodge. The peaceful and secluded location of Riverdance will suit individual travellers and families alike.

The course of the Kavango River is abruptly interrupted by rocks, creating a 4m high waterfall before the river enters Botswana and the Okavango Delta. This feature is called Popa Falls. Mahango NP covers an area of some 25,400ha. It is separated from the Bwabwata NP by the Kavango River. Year round water ensures an abundance of game. Although several of the lodges in the Kavango & Zambezi regions are prone to annual flooding, RiverDance is situated above the flood level and can offer year round accommodation.

Guests can wine and dine in the restaurant and bar. Chill and relax after your meal in the lounge. This offers a great opportunity to chat with others about their day's activities and Namibian adventures. Jump into the splash pool and refresh after a long drive. Other amenities include a laundry service, internet connection and secure parking. There is also a safe in the reception to store your valuables.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are enhanced by fruits from their own orchard, vegetables from their greenhouse, a supply of goat’s milk cheese, freshly caught fish, honey, wild fruits, roasted nuts, wild spinach, mahango and eggs which add to the luxury of living along the river. Lunch packs are also available. Braai's for larger groups can be organized as can special dietary requirements.

The curio shop sells arts and crafts made by members of the Momono / Biro community. Try the sage shampoo and conditioner. A selection of branded caps, hats and sunscreen, endorsed by the Cancer Association of Namibia, can be bought.

The rooms at Riverdance Lodge are nestled amongst riverine woodland, emphasizing privacy and seclusion. They are all of a wooden and glass construction and set on the waterfront. There are:

Luxury rooms: The 4 x luxury rooms come complete with local linens and extra length beds, which add to your comfort and well-being. Private walkways lead to your own bathroom, complete with a bath and shower, biodegradable toiletries, bathrobes and towels. A safe is in reception to store your valuables.

Family unit: This is a spacious room which can accommodate 2 adults and 1 or 2 children. The facilities are similar to the luxury rooms.

The owners of Riverdance Loge are passionate about camping, and have invested great thought into the campsite. The exclusive sites offer privacy, a view and access to the river, and their own ablution facilities. Guests are welcome to order a warm loaf of bread or pizza fresh from the lodge oven. Campers have access to a wooden deck separate from the lodge… something the owners always missed when they were out camping.

Children of all ages are welcome at Riverdance Lodge. A traditional local game 'kakoijo' will keep them amused for a while!

Wildlife in the area includes elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, hippo, lechwe, sitatunga, buffalo, sable and roan antelopes. More than 430 Namibian bird species have been recorded in the area with the riverine habitat considered one of Namibia's top birding destinations. Chinspot batis, swallow-tailed bee-eater, swamp bou-bou, red-knobbed coot, brown-hooded kingfisher and the African fish eagle are never far away.

RiverDance lodge is owner managed and staffed by employees from the community .

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River Cruises: It’s a unique experience to watch from a boat the wildlife in the water, on the riverbanks and in the trees. Mostly you will see a local hippo family. The sunrise cruise is best to take great pictures. The sunset cruise is super romantic and includes a sophisticated cocktail. Custom cruises can be arraged, for instance for fishing tigerfish.

Game Drive: Both the Buffalo and the Mahango Game Park are off the beaten track but have absolutely amazing game viewing possibilities. Elephants, antelopes, impalas, kudus, lions, leopards, hippos and huge crocodiles can be observed. Explore it on your own, with a guide or take a seat in the game vehicle of the lodge. Don’t miss out on the Popa Falls on the way back.

Walking & Biking: Make a guided walk to the village visiting the school and kindergarten. Small indigenous tracks along the river habitat invite to guided hiking and mountain biking tours.

Bush Spa: There is not only a little swimming pool in the shadow of the trees, if you need to relax more you can book an open air massage. Daily yoga lessons with view on the river.

Fabulous Dining: Every day ends with a fabulous three-course candlelight dinner on the deck. All the vegetables come fresh from the own organic garden. The Riverdance Lodge offers great wines mainly from South Africa.

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Traveller Reviews

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

Sterckx, Paule

22 Aug 2016

Wonderful place and rooms. To be visited ! Very kind owner who gave us very good advises concerning activities.

Greiwe, Timo

21 Oct 2015

We had a great stay in an awesome lodge - we almost felt like in paradise. Thanks to Karin and Tino and their wonderful team!

Linge, Thomas

19 May 2014

Excellent lodge with great food and friendly staff. However, the bird watching (morning river cruise) did not fulfill our expectation.

Maschwitz, Renate

26 Jun 2017

wonderful location; very friendly atmosphere and very nice hosts; the bungalows are great; the best place to relax and feel a warm welcome

Pomeroy, Jennifer

17 Aug 2014

Superb experience - plan to return there. Excellent accommodation and Tino and Karen were perfect hosts. Well trained staff, very good cuisine.

Trilling, Larry

13 Jun 2015

Very pleasant setting by the river. Comfortable accommodations. Friendly staff. Not a lot of wildlife to view during the river cruise, however.

Donovan, Dennis & Patricia

28 Jul 2015

Beautiful, stunning and amazing. Quality of all fittings superb. Delightful owners and staff. Right on river so river cruises available, food outstanding.

Cooke, Sarah

1 Sep 2014

The wooden chalets here are just beautiful. The owners and staff were lovely and the food delicious. It had a very peaceful and positive atmosphere and its proximity to Mahango National Park a real bonus. Lovely

Directions

Travel on the B8, passing Rundu and heading for Katima Mulino. 175 km after Rundu or 25 km before Divundu turn left at the Shadikongoro turn-off and follow the RIVERDANCE Lodge signs. Proceed 3 km till the t-junction, turn left and on the gravel road for 1 km. Turn right at our sign into our private road for 2 km until you reach our gate.

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