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About Rundu

Bordering on Angola in the Kavango region of northeastern Namibia, lies the town of Rundu. Although not a particularly scenic town it is situated on the Kavango River and does offer some beautiful river views. This rapidly growing town is the administrative center and main economic hub of the Kavango region. The area produces mahangu (millet), cattle, goats and wood carvings.

Due to it’s close proximity to Angola, Rundu has a slight Portuguese influence. The closest large towns are Katima Mulilo, around 500km’s to the east, and Grootfontein, 250km’s south west. This remote location makes Rundu an obvious refueling stop and also makes the lodges in and around the town and ideal stop over. Many tourists use Rundu as a stopover when heading to or from The Etosha National Park and on to the Caprivi Strip, Bwabwata National Park, Mudumu National Park, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. All bus services between Windhoek and Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Harare also pass through Rundu.

It is thought the town of Rundu developed as a meeting point for local men seeking work. From here they would be bussed as cheap labour to farms & mines in central Namibia. This exodus of young locals from the Kavango region to urban centres is still prevalent today.
With the expansion of tourism into the area one of the most important local industries has become wood carving.

Useful items such as wooden spoons and bowls as well as masks & ornaments are carved at a variety of locations in and around Rundu. Around 30km east of Rundu at the Sambyu Museum there is a collection of Kavango & Angolan crafts, the items are dominated by wood carvings but also include stone implements.

In Rundu itself at the Mbungura Woodcraft Co-operative visitors can see carvers at work as well as purchase a variety of carvings. Some of the skills used in the carving have been handed down through the generations resulting in quality items, but with the growing demand generated for these items by an expanding tourist market many items are mass produced and lack the quality found in older pieces.

Accommodation Options

Hakusembe River Lodge

Hakusembe River Lodge enjoys a picturesque riverine setting ideal for self-drivers, families and those on a romantic honeymoon getaway in Namibia. As it is only 15km west of the northern Namibian town of Rundu it provides an ideal stopover for a couple of nights on the way to the Zambezi Region from Etosha National Park or other ares in central / northern Namibia.

Guests can look forward to a warm and jolly welcome from their hosts after a hard, dusty day’s drive. The thatched main lodge area has a reception, restaurant and bar. Enjoy dinner on the large deck after a champagne ‘sunset’ cruise. An English breakfast, light lunch, and the more traditional fare of fish, venison or game steaks are served for dinner. The lodge pride themselves on their ‘gordon bleu’, specialty cooking, and a buffet style service will be introduced for larger groups. There is also disabled access, a laundry service and an Internet connection.

Accommodation is in either river facing en-suite bungalows or a floating chalet. Children of all ages are welcome here. There are:
• Bungalows: 9 x bungalows set between large acacia trees and overlooking the Kavango River. Air-conditioning, a fridge, fan, mosquito nets, a tea/coffee station and an in-room safe are standard
• Floating chalet: The floating chalet is set on the Kavango River and also serves as the Honeymoon Suite. It includes similar facilities to the bungalows.

Activities from Hakusembe River Lodge include guided river safaris, an early morning guided bird watching walk, (over 400 species have been spotted locally), bream and tiger-fishing, (you can have your tiger fish mounted by the lodge!!) and the very popular champagne sunset cruises. Water ski-ing can also be organized on request.

Sarasungu River Lodge

Sarasungu River Lodge is set on the banks of and overlooks the Okavango River. It is built on the outskirts of the small town of Rundu and provides a convenient stopover for tourists on their way to the Zambezi Region and Popa Falls.

Relax and unwind in the grounds of the lodge, mostly shaded by a variety of indigenous trees. The restaurant at Sarasungu offers excellent food and all meals can be ordered from the chef’s set menu. Traditional ethnic food can be served on request, including mutete, a delicious dry cooked spinach, with mahangu, a filling millet meal dish. Complement your fare with a drink from the bar. They boast a comprehensive wine list.

Facilities at the lodge include an inviting swimming pool which offers a welcome respite from the hot Namibian sun. The outside guest lounge affords great views of the river. This provides the perfect venue to chat with fellow travellers and exchange tips and adventure whilst sipping a sundowner or having a bite to eat. Other facilities include a laundry facility and an internet connection.

Accommodation is in bungalows and self-catering units. There are:
• Thatched bungalows: 21 x standard double or luxury double. En-suite bathrooms, a TV, air-conditioning, refrigerator, mosquito nets, a tea/coffee station and an in-room safe are standard.
• Self-catering units: 5 x units for up to 4 people. The same facilities as the thatched bungalows apply with the addition of a hotplate, cutlery and plates.

Activities at Sarasungu River Lodge revolve around the river include canoing, boat and sunset cruises, and fishing trips, are wonderful occasions to view and photograph the local wildlife, including crocodiles. Many guests fit in a guided tour to Calai, a local authentic Kavango village. Here they can discover how the local people prepare food, use the local flora to make medicines, and perhaps enjoy a session of tribal dancing. There are some great birdwatching opportunities in the area, including in and around the bungalows, where the Meyer’s Parrotcan be observed.

Rundu has its own airport, and Air Namibia fly in from Windhoek several times a week. English, German, Portuguese and French are fluently spoken here.

Kaisosi River Lodge

The Kaisosi River Lodge is situated 7kms East of the north-eastern Namibian town of Rundu. The lodge is set on the banks of the Okavango River, offering lovely views of the river, and is a convenient stopover for visitors on the way to the Popa Falls and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). Kaisosi River Lodge is set in large grounds and visitors will often be welcomed by one of the friendly peacocks.

The Rundu area itself has one of Namibia’s most beautiful landscapes, and it’s spectacular sunsets, and friendly people make it a popular destination for travellers.

This simple but well equipped lodge has a thatched main building with a restaurant, lively bar and a guest lounge to relax and unwind, after a hard day’s drive. All meals are served from the chef’s ‘a la carte,’ menu. There is a children’s playground and 2 swimming pools, overlooking the river, to take a dip and cool down from the hot afternoon sun. A laundry service and internet connection is also available.

Accommodation is in 16 luxury air-conditioned chalets. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, telephone and a mosquito net. Children are more than welcome here. There are:
• Double room: a double bed and bathroom with a bath.
• Twin rooms: with two single beds in each, with either a bath or a shower.
• Triple rooms: three single beds and a shower.
• Family rooms: equipped with a double bed and 2 x single beds and a bath.

This is a perfect location for both fishing and bird watching, with many great spots dotted along the banks of the Kavango River. Guided fishing trips and river cruises can be also be organized from the lodge.

For the visitor with interests in local culture, guides can take you to a local village and on a market trip. Tribal dances can be arranged in advance.

Kaisosi River Lodge. ‘The place you never want to leave.’

N’Kwazi Lodge

n’Kwazi, an African-style lodge, is a secluded paradise in a tranquil tropical environment that is tucked away among lush riverine vegetation on the banks of the perennial Kavango River. .Situated 20 km East of Rundu, we can be reached by almost all modes of transport, from bicycles to Overland trucks. Activities include bird watching, traditional dances, sundowner river cruises on the Kavango River and guided community village and school visits. Not to be missed is our buffet dinner in the evenings. Our friendly and enthusiastic local staff will do their best to make your stay memorable.

Kavango River Lodge

Kavango River Lodge is situated in Rundu on the banks of the Okavango River, overlooking Southern Angola and the surrounding flood plains. The lodge offers an ideal break when travelling through Namibia’s far northeast region, and is a welcome and comfortable stopover on the long journey between Windhoek, Botswana and the Victoria Falls.

The lodge is equally suitable for visiting business people. It provides a cool, comfortable, and tranquil environment to relax and re-charge a weary set of batteries.

Breakfast, lunch and a buffet dinner are served in the restaurant. Traditional country-style meals can be enjoyed in the here, as well as a thirst-quenching drink from the mini-bar. Guests can wine and dine in the outdoor dining area as well, all whilst enjoying breathtaking views over the river and floodplains. Early starters or day trippers can order a breakfast and/or lunch packs.

Accommodation at Kavango River Lodge is in either chalets or self-catering units. All 19 units are fitted with mosquito-proof screens and mosquito repellent devices. There are:
• Deluxe chalets: 8 x single or double chalets equipped with en-suite bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, telephone, and a 4 channel TV system.
• Self-catering units: 11 x units with facilities similar to the deluxe chalets but kitted out with a hotplate, kettle, cutlery,crockery and a refrigerator. Folding beds and mattresses for children are provided upon request. Braai packs, cold beer and soft drinks are available at the kiosk.

Activities include canoe trips, bird watching, and a sunset cruise on the river can be organized, depending on the water level of the river. For guests who wish to have a siesta, read a book, or just chill out, hammocks are provided.

The Kavango River Lodge, is a Hospitality Association of Namibia, Best Rest Camp, winner

Ngandu Hotel & Casino

Ngandu Hotel and Casino is situated in Rundu town, with a pristine view over the Kavango River’s southern wetlands and riverine forest. Ngandu offers budget to luxury accommodation, as well as a main restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, three conference halls, and 32 campsites. Ideal for overlanders, backpackers and campers, activities include boat cruises, walking trails, village tours, and tribal dancing.

Ngandu was built on an old demolished military base which was in full operation during the War of Independence. This facility today bares no resemblance to the war period and the natural fauna and flora has recovered beautifully, with Ngandu hosting a large collection of aloe species which can be found in Namibia. The hotel is a stern supporter of community and environmental based projects, and is also actively involved in recycling to reduce its carbon fibre footprint.

Tambuti Lodge

Situated on the outskirts of Rundu, Tambuti lodge offers accommodation overlooking the Cubango River. The lodge features an outdoor swimming pool and secure on-site parking.

Each room at Tambuti is air-conditioned and fitted with ceiling fans, a safe and a desk. They each have a flat-creen TV with satelite channels and the beds are draped with mosquito nets. The spacious en suite bathrooms have a bath and a shower.
Specialising in tradtional African cuisine, the small on-site restaurant at Tambuti prepares meals using locally-sourced ingredients.

The lodge can arrange sunset cruises in the Kavango floodplain at a surcharge, as well as self-drive tours to the nearby Living Museum of Mbunza. Kayaks are also available for self-exploring the floodplain. A laundry service is available with prior arrangement.

This property is also rated for the best value in Rundu! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

If you want to request something specific, you can do that in the next step, before you book. Once you book, we’ll provide details so you can contact the property directly.

Taranga Safari Lodge

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.

Omashare Hotel

Located right in the centre of town above the river, this three star lodge caters mainly for business travellers. There are twenty rooms, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities. There is also a casino.

Upon your arrival our reception staff will be there to welcome you and to acquaint you with the hotel’s services and amenities.
There is a spacious, comfortable lounge area for you to relax in while you plan the rest of your exciting journey, or relax on the veranda which overlooks the azure waters of the Kavango river and the neighbouring village of Calais.

There are 20 en-suite rooms, each capable of double occupancy and equipped with a small veranda opening onto lush gardens and sparkling pool with a perfect sun rise view from our eastern side.

Overlooking the Kavango River and the Angolan village of Calai, Omashare River Lodge is the perfect setting for relaxation. All rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom and a telephone, TV, M-Net, air-conditioning. Relax on the large verandah which overlooks the Kavango River, visit our restaurant or make use of our room service in the privacy of your room. Activities include boattrips and microlight-flights.

Features of Omashare River Lodge
Air-conditioning
Bar
Conference facilities
Credit cards accepted
Golf course
Restaurant
Secretary service
Colour television
Tennis court
With efficient and friendly staff providing excellent service – we hope to fulfil your every expectation.