Divundu (1.090 m above sea level) is a village on the south-eastern banks of the Okavango River in the Kavango East Region, Namibia, 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Rundu. Divundu has a population of around 5.430 inhabitants and is homestead of the local Mbukushu kings.
On the opposite, north-eastern banks of the river lies Kakutji in Angola, and the two settlements are linked via a nearby border post. Today, Divundu is the third biggest settlement of the Kavango region, after Rundu.
Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa stands on the banks of the the Okavango River. Built in and amongst the tall trees and bush overlooking the water, the lodge is just a few hundred metres from Popa Falls. The area where the lodge is situated is know warmly by the local people as Paradishi Ghomumbiru, or Little Paradise. Divava makes for an ideal base not just to visit the falls but to day trip into Bwabwata National Park and Mahango Game Reserve. Self-drive tourists can also prepare for their onward journey into the Okavango Delta or further west to Rundu and onto Etosha National Park.
The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner from a set menu some with ‘an African touch’. A buffet style service will be introduced for larger groups or in the high season. A selection of fine wines, liquors and spirits can be ordered from the bar to complement your meals. Lunch packs must be organized in advance for guests going on day activities. Afternoon tea, coffee and cake are served on the viewing deck.
Relax and unwind in a comfortable lounge setting and chat to other guests on your day’s adventures. All of the hospitality areas overlook the Okavango River. Other facilities include a laundry service and a Wi-Fi connection at reception. Jump into the inviting pool to escape the hot afternoon sun and chill on sun-loungers afterwards.
Many guests at Divava Lodge like to pamper themselves with a visit to the Mystique Spa. The lodge’s swimming pool is conveniently situated right next to the sauna and steam rooms, (with a view over the river), as do the 2 round open treatment rooms, which includes a bath treatment therapy.
Accommodation is in 20 luxury chalets. They are all equipped with en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers, a bath, double sinks and separate toilet. Air-conditioning, telephone, room service, mini-bar/fridge, mosquito nets, tea/coffee station and an in-room safe are standard.Hair-dryers,bathrobes/towels, as well as complementary soaps, shampoo’s and shower caps, compliment the lodge’s personalized service.
Activities from the lodge include boat cruises to the Popa Falls, where binoculars and camera’s should be at the ready, to watch and record hippo and crocodiles lolling in and around the river banks. Game viewing trips to the Mahango Game Reserve, (only 14kms away) at the far western end of the Bwabwata National Park, can be arranged and although it is only accessible by 4×4 vehicles, the minor gravel tracks, ensures a closer view of the game.
The dry season is a particularly beneficial part of the year for game viewing, as huge herds of elephant congregate along the Okavango River, not to mention frequent sightings of buffalo, sable and roan antelope, bushbuck, reedbuck and tsessebe.
Divava Okavango Lodge also has it’s own private island. Guests can hop on a boat for a champagne breakfast, lazy lunch, or a sundowner trip. Other pursuits such as fishing trips and guided bird watching walks, can be put together at the lodge. The larger houseboat can be used for romantic candlelit dinners, cruising down river to the night sounds of the African bush!
Visitors might like to go on a guided tour to an authentic Kavango village near Divava. Here they can see how food and drink are prepared, watch traditional dancing, go out into the fields and find out how the locals grow their crops, as well as learn about cultural life in general.
Popa Falls Resort is situated on the banks of the mighty Kavango River. This is an ideal base to explore the Mahango Game Park and birding and fishing feature highly on many an itinerary. Popa Fall is more a series of rapids than ‘Falls’, but is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The course of the river is abruptly interrupted by rocks which creates a 4m high waterfall, before the river enters Botswana and the Okavango Delta.
The camp is the perfect opening to the perennial rivers, indigenous woodlands, riverine forests and floodplains of north-eastern Namibia. This resort is only 15kms from the Mahango Game Reserve and is the perfect stop-over when travelling between there and Khaudum Game Park.
Guests can dine in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor seating is for 80 and a further 50 outside on the patio. Meals can be complemented with drinks from the Classic Jetty Bar. Locally make souvenirs, arts and crafts can be purchased from the curio shop. The swimming pool offers a welcome respite from the hot Namibian sun, especially after a long road trip. The corporate community can utilize the Popa Falls Resort conference facilities. A laundry service is available on request.
Accommodation is in:
• Chalets: The 10 x thatched river cabins are all set alongside the slow running river facing the thick forest of Hippo Island. Twin beds, mosquito nets, air-conditioning, an en-suite shower room, wardrobes and braai facilities are standard.
• Family/Double Units: There are 3 x Family/Double Units which are double rooms with an interconnecting doorway. The facilities are similar to the chalets.
• Camping: Outdoor enthusiasts or those on a budget can camp in 10 sites. There are also a further 3 larger campsites for groups or overlanders.
A wide variety of wildlife species, including elephant, hippo, buffalo, Nile Crocodile, red lechwe, reedbuck, roan and sable antelope, and the elusive Sitatunga antelope can be observed in and around the area.
Other activities include fishing, canoing, boating, unguided self-drive game tours to Mahango game reserve, (the area borders the Okavango River, where crocodile and hippo abound) scenery drives, walking trails, etc.
Threespot and Greenheaded tilapia, tigerfish, are just some of the species of game fish that occur in the Kavango River. Anglers must bring their own fishing tackle, there are many secluded spots on the banks of the river, but fishing is only permitted with a permit. (Available at the office.)
No pets or motor cycles are allowed. The nearest landing strip is at Bagani, 5kms from Popa Falls.
Divundu Guest House is set in Divundu, 1.1 km from Hombe Supermarket/Take Away. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
Divundu Guest House features free WiFi throughout the property. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is provided.
There is a gift shop at the property.
Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including fishing and canoeing.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Divundu! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
This property is also rated for the best value in Divundu! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge is located in a peaceful riverine setting, opposite the Bwabwata National Park. Elephant and hippo often congregate in the water to the front of the lodge. This is also the ideal place to stopover between Etosha National Park and Victoria Falls.
The focus here is on boat trips, fishing excursions, game drives and village tours. Wildlife enthusiasts and photographers head for The Mahango Game Reserve. It is only 2 kms away and it’s typical riverine and swampland habitat attract buffalo, red lechwe and sable antelope.
Wine and dine in the open-sided thatched Lapa extended with a wooden deck onto the Okavango River. This allows for frequent and memorable game viewing and photographic opportunities. Move safely around the lodge courtesy of lit walkways. It is not uncommon for hippo to prance around the lodge at night.
Also located in the Lapa, is the kitchen and dining areas. Guests can enjoy a healthy breakfast, light lunch, and the chef will inform customers of the buffet dinner fare. After-dinner cultural dancing is also a favourite here.
The curio shop sells locally made arts and crafts, including hand-painted dinner sets and branded T-shirts. There is also a small library, complete with old reference books to read, whilst relaxing and unwinding on 1 of the 2 comfortable leather sofa’s.
Accommodation is in luxury safari tents on the ground or above the water. There are:
• Luxury tents: 10 x single or double units on the ground with it’s own en-suite bathroom/shower and mosquito nets. .
• River Tent: 1 x single or double tent on the water with similar facilities to the safari tents. The River Tent is for the slightly more adventurous and is anchored to the bank giving it a slightly boaty feel. It has it’s own small private deck ideal for sunbathing, sundowners, or a spot of tiger fishing.
Activities at the lodge include sundowner cruises, fishing excursions, village tours, a game drive into the Mahangu Game Reserve, and a Tsodillo Hills day trip, can also be organized. The birdlife in the area is an ornithologists dream, with well over 400 different species recorded in the region.
Transfers from The Bagani airstrip, (only 10mins drive from the lodge) and to the Shakawe airstrip in Botswana, can also be arranged.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge – a truly memorable African bush experience!
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.
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 .
Nunda Lodge is set on the Kavango River only two kilometers east of one of the highlights of the Western Zambezi Region, the Popa Falls (more rapids than falls). It offers an excellent base to explore the area, notably Mahango Park and the Falls themselves. Stopover here before travelling on to the Okavango Delta, Zambia, Victoria Falls or onward to the interior of Namibia.
Nunda is the local Thimbukushu name, given to the fruit of the Jackalberry tree. The proud Hambukushu people are ruled by their Fumu (King) and largely maintain a traditional way of life.
Guests check in at reception at the main lapa complex, which consists of a furnished thatched restaurant and bar, offering a variety of Namibian cuisine, complemented by fine wines from their cellar. Breakfast is served buffet style and dinner is ordered from their 3 course set menu. There is also a curio shop and the lounge is a perfect setting to unwind and catch up on all the latest travel and safari news with other guests.
The large wooden deck overlooks the river, a splendid location to enjoy a sundowner, whilst admiring the spectacular sunsets and the snorting hippos as they head to their own feeding grounds downstream. The large swimming pool, a favourite at the lodge, is set amongst a magnificent grassed garden, and is the second stop after arriving from a dusty day’s drive or activities. (The bar being the first stop of course!)
The accommodation at Nunda Safari Lodge is set amongst huge trees and shrubs, offering both privacy and seclusion. Both the tents and bungalows have covered decks that overlook the river. There are:
• Luxury Tents: 7 large tastefully furnished, twin bed, en-suite Meru tents, built on wooden decks. Each tent has en-suite facilities with a fan, mosquito net, in-room safe and plug-in points to charge up camera’s and cell-phones.
• Bungalows: 3 x thatched, twin bed, bungalows with similar facilities to the tents.
Activities at Nunda Safari Lodge include guided game drives, morning and afternoon boat cruises, traditional Mokoro canoe trips along the river and fishing expeditions. (Some fishing equipment is available.) Camping excursions to the Khaudum National Park can also be organized. There are also cultural walks to traditional villages.
The daily game drives to the Mahangu and Bwabwato National Parks, in the lodge’s own open safari vehicles, are a real African adventure. African Wild Dog, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, letchwe, sitatunga, hippo, crocodile and a host of other antelope species, as well as large herds of sable and roan antelope, can be found.
Anglers casting their lines into the river can expect to hook various species of fish including tilapia, sharptooth catfish, nembwe as well as the legendary tigerfish.
Life on the river would not be complete without an abundance of birdlife to spot and photograph, accompanied by the lodge’s knowledgeable guides. The region is home to an estimated 430 species of birds, with over 20 endemic or near endemic species, including the yellow wagtail, wattled crane, great snipe, African rail and African skimmers.
Nunda Safari Lodge. For a true Namibian experience.
Rainbow River Lodge lies on the banks of the Okavango River. Popa Falls is the closest main attraction while both Mahango and Bwabwata National Parks are within 10kms of the lodge, making this a great destination for wildlife viewing and photography. They offer comfortable accommodation at affordable prices combined with scenic river cruises. Individual travellers, families and the business community are welcome here. The nearby small towns of Divundu and Bagani offer basic refuelling and restocking services.
The main thatched building is the focus for hospitality and includes the restaurant and bar. Other facilities include internet access, laundry service, braai area, and communal Mnet and satellite TV. Chill and relax in the lovely garden and do a spot of birding at the same time. The swimming pool offers a welcome respite from the hot afternoon sunshine. Many guests head to the wooden decking. Not only does it overlooks the going’s on of the river, but is an ideal venue to exchange travel stories and adventures with fellow travellers.
Accommodation is in 20 semi-luxury chalets or separated camping for overlander trucks and self drive guests.
• The chalets – have en-suite bathrooms, (shower/toilet/washbasin) roof fans, 2 x single beds, mosquito nets and furnished with locally carved, hand-made furniture.
• The campsites – have 24 hour electricity, ablution with hot water and own braai/bbq area on grass right next to the Kavango river.
Activities include half and full-day game drives to Mahango National Park, boat trips to Popa Falls (where hippo and crocodiles can be easily spotted,) early morning and sundowner boat cruises, river Mokoro trips, freshwater fishing, canoing/kayaking, guided walks and a guided village tour to visit the Mbukushu people.
84 bird species have been recorded in and around Rainbow River Lodge, so camera’s and binoculars at the ready! 4 of the big 5 can be seen in the National Parks.
English, Dutch, German and Afrikaans are spoken here.
Shametu River Lodge is 7km south west of Divundu, in Namibia’s central Caprivi. Built on the banks of the Kavango River, it affords the best views of Popa Rapids of any privately owned lodge in the area. Guests staying here can enjoy the river, game drives into the Babwata and Mahango national parks, and village visits.
The area around Popa Falls – which despite the name are really no more than a series of pretty rapids – is encompassed within the tiny Popa Falls Reserve. An area of dense vegetation, it attracts plenty of waterbirds, and can be explored on foot. While Shametu River Lodge is the closest private lodge to the falls, the NWR owned Popa Falls Resort is closer.
Shametu has 15 rooms split into three types: four luxury chalets, four river-facing tented rooms and seven standard rooms. All have en-suite shower rooms, tea and coffee stations, safes, mosquito nets over the beds and verandas with director’s-style chairs to relax and enjoy the view.
• The four luxury chalets are set away from the other rooms, facing the river – and have the best views of the Popa Rapids. As the name suggests they are the largest and most luxurious of the room types. Each has his and hers basins in the shower rooms, a writing desk and an indoor seating area with comfy leather armchairs. Perhaps the only downside to these rooms is their proximity to each other.
• The four river-facing tented rooms are built on stilts right on the riverbank, affording excellent views of the Kavango. They are only slightly smaller than the luxury chalets and work well for those who prefer a tented feel. When we visited in December 2016 we found them a little hot in the sun, especially as there was no breeze to cool them at the time.
• The seven standard rooms are set back from the river, behind the tented rooms and slightly up a hill. As a result, these don’t all have river views. Two rooms, have an interleading door, creating a family room.
The main area at Shametu consists of a large thatched reception/lounge area, where there’s a selection of postcards and locally produced curios for sale. When we visited there were plans to expand the curio selection and perhaps incorporate a more formal curio shop. Steps lead down to an open sided restaurant and bar where lunch and dinner are served.
Down more steps the area opens out on to beautifully manicured lawns leading to the pool and a sundowner deck/outdoor bar, both with views of the river and rapids. At the time of our visit the pool was still under construction and the bar was a temporary structure awaiting something more permanent, but we understand that the pool is now complete. Once the area is finished it is intended that guests could have meals on the deck as well as enjoying their sundowners here.
Shametu also has a mini spa, offering guests a range of treatments – from pedicures to full body massages. These need to be booked a day ahead.
Activities from Shametu focus predominantly on the river, with fishing trips, sundowner cruises and mokoro trips all on offer. The lodge also offers game drives into Mahango National Park and the buffalo core conservation area of Babwata National Park. Finally, village walks can also be arranged.
The Mahangu Safari Lodge lies 22 kms south of the town Divundu, at the western bank of the Okavango river, en route to the Mahango National Park. It is in the western Caprivi region of north east Namibia. It is 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.
Mobola Island Lodge is a small and personal Self-Catering lodge directly situated at the Okavango river. The lodge provides 4 African style bungalows and 6 shady campsites at the river. It is the perfect place to enjoy the unmistakable beauty of the Okavango River as well as the uniqueness of the fauna and flora of this region in Namibia.
Mobola Island Lodge promises a stay in absolute comfortable and private atmosphere. Guests will find relaxation in the Lodge gardens or in the natural swimming pool which uses filtered Okavango Water pumped into a little waterfall.
One of the highlights of Mobola Island Lodge is the Mobola Island which can be reached over a rope bridge. The Mobola Island can be used by guests for short walks in a relaxing atmosphere or some fishing. At the Island guests will find a bar where unforgettable sundowners can be enjoyed. The stay at Mobola Island Lodge promises an unforgettable African experience.