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Nkwazi Lodge

Nkwazi Lodge

Nkwazi Lodge perches on the banks of the Okavango River in northern Namibia. The lodge is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Valerie and Wynand Peypers. “Stilts” are a necessity here as the area is quite low-lying and is occasionally flooded by the river. For this reason in particular, Nkwazi is not very child-friendly.

At last count Nkwazi had ten timber chalets and eight rooms. The chalets have thatched roofs and stone floors. Their en-suite bathrooms have flushing toilets and hot shower. The eight rooms are quite spacious with the possibility of adding up to two extra beds to accommodate families. Each room has a living area, two bedrooms with twin beds, and an en-suite bathroom.

Linked to the chalets and rooms via lighted pathways, the lodge’s main building has partially open sides and a comfortable sitting area where guests can relax and enjoy the views to the river. There is also a bar and swimming pool. Nkwazi also features a fully equipped conference center and the Mvubu Spa which is situated near the Mvubu Game Lodge. The spa offers hydrotherapy, steam bath treatments, a full menu of facial options, Swedish massage, and Aromatherapy treatments.

Not surprisingly, activities at Nkwazi center around the river and include canoeing, river cruises, sundowner cruises, and fishing trips. In addition, guests enjoy exploring the horseback trails, birdwatching in the riverine environs, and even visiting the local village and schools.

As this is an area where the game is plentiful, game drives in open vehicles are quite productive. Guests are likely to spot white rhino, giraffe, blue wildebeest, zebra, kudu, nyala, warthog, impala, and many other species. Guided walks are a particularly excellent way to get close to nature and to be introduced to the things that one normally passes by. And guests can even join a guide on a tracking expedition in search of elephant. Watching elephant through the bush, at a safe distance naturally, it is hugely exciting!

River cruises are an excellent way experience the environment and observe its wildlife. The riverbanks and riverine forests are home to an incredible variety of animals and birds. Fifty-square-mile Pongolapoort Dam is the place to hone your angling and catch Africa’s most aggressive and feisty freshwater predator, the tiger fish.

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