Off all the places that we visited on our tour with Afrika de Sud Safaris in August, this is the one place I probably knew the most about without ever visiting.
As a travel agent back in 2008, Kunene River Lodge came across my path quite frequently. Unfortunately only as a request from travellers. Situated between Ruacana and Epupa, I never really had the opportunity to visit. So to say that I looked forward to our night there, would be an understatement. I was not disappointed.
Kunene River Lodge & Campsite
Of the three campsites that we visited along the Cunene River, this was greenest and most luscious. The campsites are either on grass or surrounded by grass and the most beautiful trees provided ample shade – no matter where the sun is positioned. As an avid bird watcher, this is paradise. I would love to stay here for at least three days.
We had a bit of a problem with the showers (drainage) and personally I think they can build another block of showers and toilets. It was a bit over-crowded and the campsite wasn’t even full. The water was hot and the loos had loo paper. So that was awesome.
Reception isn’t great but it really did not bother me. Kunene River Lodge, like the rest of the lodges further west along the Cunene is not on the electricity grid, but this isn’t something that you will find me complaining about.
Kunene River Lodge also has a superb swimming pool. On the cold side, this was a welcome relief from the heat and humidity. The pool was very well clean and well-kept. (It is not the coldest pool in Namibia though – but I will enlighten you along the way as to where that little ice-cube is located!)
Activity: Boat Cruise
We went on a boat cruise late afternoon and wow! Having been on a similar boat cruise earlier in the year at Hakusembe River Lodge, I did not expect much.
Peter, our guide and co-incidentally the owner of KRL, was just perfect. Having lived here for so many years, he has develop a telescopic eye in spotting eagles and crocodiles. The water levels were really low, as one could expect in August, but the activity was still great.
Snacks and drinks were provided and we had one incredibly beautiful sunset to take home with us.
I would highly recommend Kunene River Lodge to any traveller. The location is truly wild and beautiful and so very different from the rest of Namibia. Loved it.
I travelled with Afrika de Sud Safaris on their Kaokoland Tour and if you really want to experience Kaokoland in your own 4×4 – this is the way to go!
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