Namushasha River Lodge Safari Lodge
Namushasha is one of those special places that leaves you wishing you could stay longer and wanting to return. The viewing decks and all of the chalets look out over the remote Kwando River, where hippos, elephants, buffalos and a multitude of birds gather. This stunningly-located riverside lodge emerges as the highlight of many a safari in the Caprivi region.
* Namushasha River Lodge Highlights
- ∞Prime location overlooking the Kwando River
- ∞Laid-back sunset boat trips and sundowners beside the river
- ∞Combination boat cruises & game drives in Bwabwata National Park
- ∞Warm-hearted and attentive service from efficient staff
- ∞Birdwatching and wildlife spotting from the lodge
More about this accommodation
The most remarkable aspect of staying at Namushasha is its beautiful setting along the Kwando River. The lodge is designed for the optimal riverside experience in nature - ideal for spotting hippos, elephants and other animals, along with a diversity of birds. Namushasha is known for its superb service and is praised as exemplery of the Godwana Collection's high standards.
Namushasha Lodge Details
Accommodation is in 24 comfortable chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms. There is one family chalet and a double chalet, the remainder are twin or triple chalets. Each room is set apart in the trees on the banks of the Kwando River, offering lovely views from its wooden deck. These tastefully decorated rooms are large and well-equipped with high thatched ceilings. The chalets have tea and coffee making stations, side tables with bedside lamps, a large wardobe, a desk and chair, a safe and mosquito netting. Chairs and tables are placed on the viewing decks and outdoor verandas for birdwatching and soaking up the setting. The showers in the bathrooms are noted for their excellent water pressure and the rooms for their cleanliness and crisp linen.
Open Riverside Main Areas
The spacious main lodge structure consists of an open-sided restaurant and bar that flow out onto the terraced viewing decks. Dining and lounge areas are set out on the decks for relaxing to the sounds of grunting hippos and the sights of animals and birds drawn to the river. Namushasha features a swimming pool, an attractive gift shop and a firepit for evenings under the stars.
The food is rated as high quality, especially the game meat, and of excellent value. Light lunches and the breakfast and dinner buffets are served in the dining area and out on the sundowner terrace overlooking the river.
Things to Do
The two top activities at Namushasha are the open-boat river cruise at sunset and the combination morning boat trip and 4x4 game drive in Bwabwata National Park. The boat trips meander along the Kwando River, offering excellent sightings of hippos, crocodiles and plenty of other game, along with a wide variety of bird species. On sunset cruises, sundowners can be enjoyed on the water.
The morning boat trips are great for spotting wildlife and birds and are best done as part of highly recommended boat trip and game drive combination activity. The guides know their birds, flora and fauna inside out, and can tell you more about the region and its people. These experienced guides take you into Bwabwata National Park in 4x4 safari vehicles, looking out for elephant and buffalo herds, plains game and the more elusive predators. Seeing rare sable and roan antelopes is a treat here, as is being lucky enough to spot the shy and rare sitatunga of the Zambezi region.
Catch and relase fishing trips are another popular activity at Namushasha, catering for older kids too. Guests can set off on self-drives in Mudumu National Park and explore the Kavango region solo. Another option is to visit the traditional village near the lodge, stopping in at the Cultural Centre (Living Museum) to find out more about the local people and their culture.
Namushasha is located in Namibia's Eastern Caprivi, also referred to as the Kavango and Zambezi regions. The lodge is on the route between northern Namibia and Victoria Falls, making it a good layover. To get there follow the main road (B8) running east-to-west through the Caprivi Strip and take the C49 southwest from Kongola.
Our Take on Namushasha Lodge
Many a traveller has wished that they could have stayed at Namushasha a little longer, so spend at least two or three nights here. The lodge offers excellent value for money and is family-friendly, as well as being a top-notch camping option. The prime riverside setting is a lovely spot to unwind in nature and the smiles of the staff may see you joining the growing ranks of return visitors.
- ∞Half board accommodation (breakfast & dinner)
- ∞WiFi in main lodge areas
- ∞Complimentary in-room amenities
- xLaundry service
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.