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Mazambala Island Lodge

The lodge on Mazambala Island, known locally as the “Island of Abundance,” lives up to its name by impressing guests with its beautiful scenery, incredible animal and bird life, and generous hospitality provided by the owner-operators and friendly staff. On an island in the flood plain of Namibia’s Kwando River, Mazambala Island Lodge nestles among palm and sausage trees, providing an oasis from the outside world.

The treehouse-like main lodge is a thatched structure on ten-foot high stilts. It houses a lounge/bar/restaurant featuring delectable cuisine and cold drinks. Guests enjoy excellent wildlife and birdwatching opportunities from the main area’s large deck as well as from a nearby tower that has two forty-foot high viewing platforms. The panoramic landscapes include views of the surrounding flood plain, papyrus and reed-lined river, and African sunsets. In addition, nightly fires on the traditional “lapa” and the refreshing swimming pool provide opportunities for relaxation and conversation.

Mazambala Island Lodge’s sixteen bungalows include two family units, ideal for families experiencing the wonders of Africa together. Each suite, constructed in the traditional style with bricks, reeds, and thatched roof, boasts ceiling fans, mosquito nets, and private bathrooms with hot and cold running water.

An additional accommodation option is the Mazambala campsite, an attractive area reachable only by boat. This unique spot, fifteen minutes from the main lodge, sits on the banks of the Kwando River and encompasses seven campsites and two ablution blocks with toilets and hot water showers.

Elephants are the highlight of any game drive in nearby Bwabwata National Park, and herds of hundreds of elephants are regularly seen. Four of Africa’s “big five” make the area home, as well as many other species including giraffe, reedbuck, red Lechwe, spotted hyena, and African wild dog. And well over 300 distinct species of fowl inhabit the park. A typical game drive begins with a ten-minute boat cruise prior to transferring to a vehicle for an adventurous four-hour game drive in the park.

Other exciting activities offered on the island include boat cruises, guided nature walks, birdwatching tours, and fishing for breem, nembwe, squeaker, and barbel in the Kwano River.

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