KUNENE RIVER LODGE

Paradise for bird watchers and adventure tourists in the north of Namibia

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Namibia’s northern border is formed by the Kunene River and it is here where you will find the Kunene River Lodge. Offering accommodation ranging from luxury, to rustic, to down-to-earth campsites close to nature, the Kunene River Lodge will make you feel at home while letting you experience the atmosphere of the rugged Namibian bush. The Kunene River Lodge is close to attractions such as the Epupa Falls and the Ruacana and the ideal place from where to explore the Kaokoland region of Namibia.

The eight spacious deluxe rooms are en suite, air-conditioned and equipped with overhead fan, fitted wardrobes, storage space and 24-hour laundry service. Each room has a verandah with comfortable cane furniture. The rustic chalets offer a glimpse of how the pioneers of yesteryear lived. However, this doesn’t mean that visitors have to make do without modern comforts. Each of the four chalets are en suite and equipped with overhead fan, wardrobe, storage area, 24-hour laundry serivce and outside seating area. The generator at the Kunene River Lodge runs for limited periods, so torches are provided for guests staying in the deluxe rooms and rustic chalets. The Kunene River Lodge also offers twelve shady campsites set below huge trees. Each campsite has a braai area and there are clean ablution blocks and limited power points.

The Kunene River Lodge is set among huge trees, so you are bound to see a huge variety of Namibian bird species – even in the grounds of the Lodge. If you want to see more species, take a boat trip on the Kunene River. The Restaurant offers excellent meals and the bar (overlooking the Kunene River) has an impressive range of drinks. At the Kunene River Lodge you can be as adventurous or as lazy as you wish. For the active types, there are hiking, white-water rafting, kayaking and for the more docile souls there are fishing, cultural trips to a local village or lazing around the pool. To end off a perfect day, enjoy a sundowner cruise on the River while admiring the beautiful sunset in the northern part of Namibia.

The Kunene River Lodge prides itself on providing the highest possible standard of accommodation and facilities for all our guests. The reception area, bar, restaurant, lodge grounds and activities are open to all, but to satisfy the diverse needs of travellers in this remote area, they provide three various levels of overnight accommodation :-

• Air-Conditioned Luxury Bungalows
• A-Frame Rustic Chalets
• Campsites

Besides its exceptional accommodation, Kunene River Lodge offers an outstanding range of land- and water-based outdoor activities to suit those with a thirst for adventure.

Established as long ago as 1997, the White-Water Expedition Centre has earned itself an enviable reputation as one of the foremost Namibian rafting adventure operations.

Quad Bike Adventures offers you a unique opportunity to explore the north-west extremity of Namibia - the real Kaokoland where time is so unimportant it almost stands still. You'll be taken into remote and almost inaccessible areas where you can experience nature at its most pristine - untouched by modern man - and discover first-hand how it evolves, shaping this beautiful and stunning landscape.

You'll have ample time to explore the flora and fauna as well as the culture of the Himba people. Our guides are experienced in the terrain and conditions, and trained in first aid and dealing with the unexpected.

Cultural Visit to a Local Himba Village

Kaokoland is home to a population of some 12,000 Himba people - pastoralist herdsmen who travel with their goats and cattle from one waterhole to another as the seasons or conditions dictate.

The recent introduction of a Conservancy in the area will benefit the local people, with one of its long-term aims being to encourage the re-introduction of the wildlife which was sadly destroyed in the 1980s during the Angolan - South African conflict. By contributing via the new tourism tax, guests are now assisting the local population to achieve some of their ambitions and to safeguard their individuality and lifestyle for the future.

Jewellery, adornments and grooming are all important elements in Himba culture, with the women spending much of their time on beauty care, including a unique full-body skin treatment which gives their complections its characteristically intense, glowing red-brown colour.

The Himba people are proud yet friendly. With their permission, tourists are allowed to visit a local village (kraal) to gain a unique insight into their history, culture, traditions and way of life which, unlike so many others elsewhere, survives virtually unchanged into the 21st century.