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Kunene River Lodge & Campsite | Campsite & Boat Cruise

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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.

Summary

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.

Kunene River Lodge is marketed by ResDes and you can book them at http://www.kuneneriverlodge.com/

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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Mavinga Lodge | Ruacana

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“Newly built with plenty to offer” would be a good tagline for this new jewel on the banks of the Cunene River. When I visited Mavinga Lodge in August 2017, the rooms were all finished so I could photograph those. Unfortunately the main area was not completed yet, but judging by the look of the rooms, I would say that guests had something to look forward to.

Like most of the lodges along the Cunene river, the area is green and luscious. For the weary traveler that does not want to stay in the hustle and bustle of Ruacana, this would be a welcome break. Bird watchers will also find Mavinga Lodge a good stop over. During our lunch break there I not only spotted a young Fish Eagle, but various kingfishers also made a quick appearance.

Cell Phone reception was not great, but who needs reception when the wild calls? The two plunge pools looked really inviting and I’m sure once the lodge is fully functional the bar is going to be a fantastic spot for a cold beer.

I have tried to find a website address, but to no avail. Looks like prospective guests will need to contact them either via the contact numbers below or book via booking.com

Marketing is through Africa de Sud Safaris – Johan Loubser

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Ombalantu Baobab Tree Heritage Campsite

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Ombalantu Baobab Tree Heritage Campsite

A mouthful for a larger than life baobab tree. And what a tree!!

I must admit, I was rather skeptical about this campsite in the middle of endless townships, but believe me, this one is worth the night if you have a too long drive from say Namutoni to Ruacana.

The Ombalantu Baobab Tree Heritage Campsite is situated in Outapi at an incredibly huge baobab. This baobab isn’t just big, it is also surrounded with history. Once an army base camp it has now been converted into a little church. Looking up into the tree I found an aloe. How on earth?! My only guess is that once when the tree was smaller, a little aloe grew by its side and when the baobab grew to be a giant, the little aloe became an air traveler? I have no real explanation…

The campsite itself is very well-kept and clean. The showers and toilets were all in good working order with hot water – not that one would ever need hot water in Outapi! And lo and behold, it was quiet.. in the midst of the townships, it was quiet. Hard to believe, but true.

A few features available:

Electricity point in Campsite

Firewood available to have a braai.

Signal is great here for WI-fi, but no free WI-fi available.

6 Campsites in total if I remember correctly – all around the base of one magnificent tree.

All in all, a great campsite in not such a great location.

I had the privilege of travelling with Africa de Sud Safaris on the Kaokoland Tour.

Where to book the campsite – not really sure, but you can try this link: Ombalantu Baobab Tree Camp

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Halali Rest Camp | central Etosha National Park

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I have never been a big fan of either Halali or Namutoni rest camps and this visit just sealed it for me. I cannot make any comments on the chalets and restaurant as I only camped – so these are the facilities I will focus on.

As with all three Etosha National Park rest camps, Halali has no lawn and the trees are hopeless when it comes to providing shade. August in Etosha is a nightmare, but more so the campsites. Where Okaukuejo has a serious jackal problem, Halali has a local badger. I did not find him (her) a threat, but the poor Dutch group who left all their cereals out on their camping table for the next morning, probably did not share my sentiments.

There is no rule that says it has to be quiet after 10pm and the big bus groups get up at 4am to start with breakfast and break-up camp. So for the light sleeper, this is a no-go.

The pool, surprisingly, was very clean and full. Compared to the very dry pool we found the previous day at Okaukuejo… (Who has a dry pool in August?!) The little shop was very well stocked but oh! so! expensive! The showers and bathroom was very clean, good running water and the water super hot. No complaints here.

If you really want to camp – I suggest you head for Onguma Bush Camp on the Namutoni side or Etosha Safari Camp (Gondwana) on the Okaukuejo side. “But we want to sit by the waterhole at night and we can only do that inside the park.” True, but then go for Okaukuejo. The two nights that we were at Halali we saw… two rhinos and the local badger. Honest truth. The wildlife around Okaukuejo and Namutoni is also much better than around Halali – don’t ask me why, it just is.

We’ll be visiting Etosha Safari Camp in a fortnight, so keep a look out for the update on their camping facilities.

I had the privilege of travelling with Africa de Sud Safaris in August 2017 on their Kaokoland Tour. Visit their website for more information.

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River Crossing Lodge | Windhoek

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Finding time to visit each and every friend while we are in Windhoek, is becoming quite a challenge. The time is almost always too short and finding venues that is child friendly isn’t always as easy as it may seem.

During my last visit to Windhoek, I was without the helping hand of a dad, so I had to plan everything according to what I could manage with Mr Handsome on my own. I ended up seeing only one friend and I managed to fit that in after a photo shoot at River Crossing Lodge just outside of Windhoek.

If you are ever looking to meet up with a friend while have a drink in stunning surroundings – try River Crossing Lodge. Al and I sat outside enjoying the stunning sunset over Windhoek while catching up on each other’s lives. Not only is the views exquisite, the staff is friendly and their selection of wines are superb. So next time you need a break – try River Crossing Lodge!

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