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Popa Falls Camp

Popa Falls Camp

Popa Falls Camp is the gateway to the northeastern corner of Namibia. This area is entirely different from the grassy plains of central Namibia as well as the arid deserts of southern Namibia. This region has perennial rivers, spectacular indigenous woodlands, riverine forests, floodplains, and reed-lined channels. Popa Falls is situated on the southern banks of the Kavango River. Constructed from local timber and thatch, the small, secluded camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation in idyllic surroundings.

“Falls” is perhaps an optimistic description, as the river here is more a series of rapids created by a quartzite ledge than a waterfall, per se. The ledge causes the river to split into numerous channels before entering Botswana and the Okavango Delta.

Accommodation offered at Popa Falls Camp is in ten thatched river cabins with four beds in each. For those who wish to camp, campsites are available. It is best to book these in advance, especially in the school holidays. Guests at Popa Falls make use of communal ablution blocks and a field kitchen. There is a restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), a bar, a kiosk, firewood, and water, and there is a nearby petrol station.

Popa Falls Camp is an ideal base from which to explore Mahango Game Park. More than 450 bird species have been recorded in the park, and visitors will more than likely encounter elephant, hippo, buffalo, crocodile, red lechwe, reedbuck, roan, and sable antelope. The Okavango River is a popular fishing destination, and some of the fish species to be found here are Tiger fish, Threespot, and Greenheaded tilapia. Other activities include fishing, canoeing, boating, unguided self-drive game tours to Mahango Game Reserve, scenic drives, walking trails, etc.

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