Reviews of Hakusembe Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A nice riverside lodge with good food
Hakusembe had been flooded earlier this year, and we noticed that in one of our chalets which smelt rather musty. The chalet was also very cold, especially as this was our coldest night of the holiday (-7).
The food here was very good and the service too - they even arranged a doctor for us at very short notice. The Sunset Cruise is definitely worth the money.
Hakusembe overnight stay
We can't comment on the activities but the stay in the honeymoon suite on the river was lovely, as we could just watch river birds from the "deck". Having breakfast served outside our room gave also a luxurious and spoiled feeling.
Apparently the lodge had suffered from heavy floodings of the river earlier in the year, and they were still recovering from it (swimming pool wasn't fixed yet).
Expert Africa comments
Hakusembe informed us that they experienced the highest flooding in 40 years during early 2009! The swimming pool was completely submerged during the floods and so needed some maintenance once it had all dried out. The pool will be up and running again with a new coat of paint for Namibia's hotter summer months.
Floating on the Okavango at Hakusembe Lodge
Given that the site had been under water for a month, two weeks before we arrived, it was in excellent shape. We drove in from Rundu and were thwarted by a deep muddy pool cutting the track into the lodge. Rescued by a passing 4x4, probably worth calling ahead from Rundu if any doubt remains about the suitability of access for 2WD, but since it only floods every 40 years or so, I guess we were just lucky! The welcome was worth waiting for and the pride in and quality of the facilities were a credit to Lena Mudge, the manageress, and her staff. Another great location for a relaxing couple of days by the Okavango River.
We were allocated the floating honeymoon suite, somewhat flattering, but not recommended except for honeymooners: the chemical toilet was far from romantic, the deck in front ot the cabin needed repaiiring after the flood (carefree honeymooners could slip through and be swept away on the flooded river), and the deck needed some furniture. We would have been very much more comfortable in one of the chalets.
Hakusembe Lodge review
This lodge had also been flooded and they were only just up and running when we got there.
The welcome here was second to none.
The gardens were beautiful and the rooms lovely.
We took a very informative river cruise.
The evening meal was served by the river and the table looked like it had been set for a wedding ...amazing
Smiling staff at Hakusembe
When we visited Hakusembe they still repairing the damage from the big floods this year and some facilites eg the bar and dining room were not yet reopened. Despite that the staff were amazingly friendly and cheerful and gave us excellent service. We loved the location on the banks of the Kavango and ate our dinner to the sounds of partying from the Angolan side - they were just about to have their election.
We liked our chalet which had a little veranda and views over the lawn to the river. The bathroom was fine but a bit dated.
Hakusembe Lodge review
Very friendly and probably the best food on our trip.
We had three niights there which was perhaps one too many because scope for activities is limited - no game drives.
Oasis by the River.
What a pretty camp and a great surprise. After a long dusty journey we arrived to a warm and jolly welcome from Eddy and Yvonne.
Our accommodation was a rondavel set in pretty gardens overlooking the river. The room had aircon. a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities and was very comfortable. There was a lovely swimming pool and a welcoming bar. We went on a sundowner champagne cruise with Louis and saw lots of birds and local people going about their daily tasks.
Some neighbours dropped in for a drink and it was interesting to hear about their lives before the chef cooked us excellent steaks on the braai. As we were interested in birds Louis took us for an early morning walk which was very productive. This is a delightful lodge and we could easily have stayed longer in its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Tropical paradise on the Kavango river.
After driving through Rundu we were concerned about this lodge, but were very pleasantly surprised at how lush and comfortable the accomdations were.
The sunset boat cruise was pleasant and allowed us to see beautiful birds and a gorgeous sunset as well as local villagers going about their everyday lives.
Hakusembe Lodge review
Used as an overnight stay on our drive from Etosha to the Caprivi strip, Hakusembe offered comfortable accomodation - the sunset cruíse offered is well worth the money.Read more about the whole trip
a good stopover
Sunset cruise is recomended, seeing the Kavango was interesting.Read more about the whole trip