Taranga Safari Lodge is a luxury riverbank bush camp situated next to the Kavango River in north-east Namibia. It is near Halili Village some 35km west of the town of Rundu and is perfectly located for those on the way from central Namibia to the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) or Victoria Falls.
The Kavango River is often called the Okavango River and it flows for some 1,600km (1,000 miles) south-eastwards from where it rises in Angola. Here it is known as the Kubango River and forms a section of Namibia's northern border, (approx 350km). It continues across the Caprivi Strip & Kavango and into the Kalahari regions of north-western Botswana, where it divides into streams before emptying into the Okavango Delta wetlands.
As this safari lodge is one of the very few luxury bush camp lodges in the region, guests can expect privacy and seclusion. There will numerous uninterrupted photographic opportunities around the area, especially with the striking views across the river into the nearby floodplains and lily-covered wetlands. This type of environment always attracts interesting and diverse creatures, both great and small.
Relaxation and enjoyment are of paramount importance at this Taranga Safari Lodge. Unwind and relax in the restaurant, guest lounge, the large wooden decks or enjoy a splash in the swimming pool at the main deck.
Accommodation is in 4 open-fronted luxury riverbank tented cottages set amongst towering riverine trees. En-suite bathrooms, a fan and a tea/coffee station are standard. Some of the rooms have a mini-bar and mosquito nets.
The Kavango River is home to crocodile and hippo as well as a number of species of antelope such as the rare sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe.
The region is home to an estimated 430 species of Namibian birds, with over 20 endemic or near-endemic species, including the yellow wagtail, wattled crane, great snipe, African rail and African skimmers. The riverine forest also provides the opportunity to view African jacana, coppery tailed coucal and occasionally the rare African fish eagle.
At Taranga safari Lodge most activities revolve around the river but there are some walking trips. All excursions are conducted by experienced and knowledgeable guides in suitable river crafts or known hiking areas.
River safaris: One of the best ways to get fairly close to animals in and on the riverbanks without disturbing them is on a guided river safari. This is quite an adventure and observing hippo and crocs side by side adds to the excitement. Traditional trips are at sunrise, an ideal time to sail through the early morning river mist or at late afternoon, when the animal activity tends to be more intense.
Mokoro trips: Cruising the river and waterways on a mokoro trips are one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to game view. Your polar knows when and where to search for wildlife as well as steering clear of danger such as with territorial pods of hippo, but still poling close enough to observe without intruding on their daily routines.
Sundowner river cruises: The final hour of daylight is perhaps the most enjoyable. Marvel at the spectacular sunset from the river as well the grunting hippos, hungry crocs and birds.
Fishing trips: Fly fishing by boat for tigerfish, threespot tilapia and nembwe. The tigerfish is a voracious and fierce creature with a tendency to frequent the surface layers of water, making it a target for the African fish eagle. Tigerfish are also a major angling game fish. Binoculars and cameras at the ready.
Bush/nature walks: A guide will accompany you through the bush taking you to all the known animal haunts as well as spotting different species of bird. The flora can be of particular interest as well, some of the regions smaller insects such as butterflies and dragonflies frequent the water and vegetation.
Kavango Living Museum: This is probably one of the best ways to learn about traditional culture in an interesting and authentic way. Living Museums are a cultural school for tradition and a communal Namibian tourism business at the same time. Tourists and travellers can visit and by doing so actively contribute to the preservation of traditional culture and join the fight against poverty.
Stargazing: Exchange stories of your day's adventures around a campfire with fellow travellers whilst showing off your knowledge of the stars and constellations at the same time.
An upmarket lodge and spa on the banks of the Kavango River. The only traditional luxury lodge on this stretch of river.
A well run lodge offering good facilities situated close to the town of Rundu.
A few kilometers east of Rundu a nice functional lodge that more than adequately serves as an overnight stop while travelling through the Kavango and Zambezi region. The rooms, bar and restaurant area offer lovely views of the Kavango River.
Situated on the banks of the river (hence the name) in Rundu.
Situated close to the Mahangu Park in west Caprivi - this is an excellent stop-over between Namibia, Maun (in Botswana) and the Victoria Falls.
Refreshingly, and surprisingly for the area, this lodge does not have the word 'River' as part of its name. Do not be misled it is situated on the banks of the river opposite the Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park).
A rustic river side campsite and lodge offering excellent value for money. A lively bar and restaurant ensures this appeals to the younger or more socially inclined traveller.
Close to Popa Falls and the Mahango Reserve this lodge offers stunning river views.
Close to the Popa Falls (a series of rapids on the Kavango River), this rest camp was renovated in 2013
On the Kavango River banks this lodge offers plenty of water based activities.
Near the village of Divundu, this small but wonderfully managed lodge is a perennial favourite of ours. Lovely wooden chalets, with large decks overlook the river. Those wanting to experience the river can choose from fishing and sunset river cruises.
On a beautiful plot of indigenous plants and trees overlooking the river.
Up-market luxury safari camp in a spectacuar setting overlooking the Kunene River. A range of activities are included and a highlight is a visit to the local Himba community.
One of the best lodges for birders visiting Namibia - but also great for fishing, chilling or generally becoming part of the family (the family consists of a host of creatures including goats, otters and guinefowls all lovingly adopted by the owners).
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
We really enjoyed our night at Taranga. The accommodation is lovely, tents with decks overlooking the river and a bar right on the river. We also enjoyed our dinner there, which was freshly cooked and well prepared.
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