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Kunene River Lodge

Kunene River Lodge

Kunene River Lodge perches on the banks of the Kunene River, which marks Namibia’s northern border with Angola. The lodge is about thirty miles west of the Ruacana Falls and sixty miles east of the Epupa Falls in the region known as Kaokoland. The lodge sprawls out under a beautiful canopy of indigenous Jackalberry and Leadwood trees.

Kunene River Lodge is certainly worth a visit simply because it provides access to this incredibly remote area. The photography, birdwatching, and visits to the local Himba people are sure to keep you delighted and entertained. But the lodge also offers adrenalin-filled activities!

The story of the Kunene River Lodge started with it being built as a private weekend retreat in 1994, remote and undiscovered and a little bit of perfection. The White-Water Activity Centre opened in 1997, and development of the lodge and the facilities and amenities has continued. In 2005, Pete and Hillary Morgan purchased the lodge and made it into one of the finest tourist lodges in remote Namibia. It now has all the comfort, amenities, and peace demanded by travelers escaping the pressures of day-to-day urban life. Kunene River Lodge offers an outstanding range of activities such as the white-water rafting adventures on the Kunene.

This is a birders' paradise. The species count now exceeds 300 including a remarkable number of exotic sightings, most notably the Angolan Cave Chat recently sighted for the first time and the elusive Cinderella Waxbill. Others include the Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush, Grey Kestrel, Violet Wood-Hoopoe, Bennett's Woodpecker (Buysi sub-species), Rüppell's Parrot, Bare-cheeked Babbler, Carp's Tit, Madagascar (Olive) Bee-eater, and White-tailed Shrike.

Much of the fun at the lodge revolves around the river. In addition to the white-water rafting, guests can cruise the river at sunset, set out on early morning “bird cruises,” fish the shallows, gently canoe the calmer parts, or hike its banks.

Accommodation at Kunene River Lodge is in seven deluxe rooms, four rustic chalets, or twelve campsites. The deluxe rooms are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms. Five of the units have two double beds, two have three single beds, and one has a double bed and two bunk beds. The four rustic chalets are stone-built A-frames, each with its own beautiful plot. The campsites are located next to the river and equipped with electricity and barbecues. Most have a grassy area on which to pitch your tent (a luxury in Namibia).

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