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Hakusembe River Lodge

Hakusembe River Lodge

Hakusembe River Lodge is nestled in a picturesque setting on the southern bank of the Okavango River, sixteen kilometers west of Rundu. Its position makes it the perfect stop-over point for travelers on their way from the Namibian mainland through the Caprivi or Victoria Falls.

The Okavango River sinuously winds its way through the arid Namibian landscape like a giant dark serpent. It brings life-giving water to the animals and vegetation unique to area. Deep hippo grunts, ubiquitous crocodiles sunning themselves on sandy river banks, and birds twittering away their days set the tone for this wildlife paradise. The lush northeast of Namibia is underappreciated and forms a delightful contrast to the bush savanna, semi-desert, and desert in the rest of the country.

Hakusembe River Lodge has ten river-facing en-suite chalets and one floating bungalow. All rest in the shade of large acacia trees. There are also family rooms and a honeymoon suite. All the chalets have air-conditioning, fridge, fan, mosquito nets, and tea/coffee station. Children of all ages are welcome.

The thatched main area houses the reception, restaurant, bar with a small seating area, and swimming pool. The restaurant offers a full English breakfast, light lunch, and dinner featuring locally sourced fish, venison, or game steaks. The lodge prides itself on “cordon bleu” specialty cooking, so guests can bank on delightful meals. In this remote setting, the camp’s laundry service and internet connection are surprising amenities.

Activities at Hakusembe Lodge include full-day fishing tours, world-class birding along the river, a sunset champagne cruise, picnic safaris across the border into Angola, and canoe safaris. Cultural tours into the local villages are a special treat. Visit the Living Museum, an active and authentic way of presenting ancient traditional culture. Ukumwe, a local group of drummers and dancers, will perform for you during or after dinner.

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