Susuwe Island Lodge

Reviews of Susuwe Island Lodge

Excellent(94%) From 17 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 17 of our travellers who have visited Susuwe Island Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr P & Mrs A - new year in Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 3-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Rooms:
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Luxury in middle of a game reserve

Susuwe shares with Nxamaseri (our previous stay) being located on an island. It is in a remote part of Bwabwata National Park in the Caprivi Strip. It also shares being amazingly comfortable and well run considering the logistics necessary to supply it.

We were met by our guide, Bevan at the entrance to the National Park having had an easy drive across the border from Botswana and along most of the Caprivi Strip on excellent roads. As we had a 4x4 we followed our guide who had a Lodge 4x4 and parked our vehicle within sight of the Lodge to be conveyed across the river in a small boat. Those without 4x4s have to leave their vehicle at the police post at the park entrance.

Accommodation is to a very high standard, a large suite of attractive rooms in individual thatched "cottages" and again our Guide was excellent, and proved very knowledgeable (this seems to be the norm in Namibia). Other staff were very welcoming and so was the manager and the food was to a high standard. Modern features like WiFi also worked well.

One of the best features about this excellent place to stay is its location, in a game park with a huge variety of animals and birds. We did several tours both by 4x4 and by boat and apart from seeing 35 species of birds we were also lucky enough to get a very good sight of a young leopard who was unsuccessfully trying to hide in a bush. Having lived in and visited Africa many times this was our first good sighting of a Leopard an animal which is generally very difficult to find.

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Mr. & Mrs. F - Harrow
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Susuwe Island Lodge review

Our collection at the police post was a bit disorganised as we had to wait an hour in the hot sun for another couple as they had been told that collection time was an hour later than ours.

The location and accommodation were superb but the game drives were a bit disappointing. The guide didn't seem to have his heart in it.

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The W Group - Berkshire
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Susuwe Island Lodge review

Unless you have a 4x4 you will need to rely on their pick up service. We had an exciting drive following their vehicle through deep sand and shallow rivers to reach our destination.

A charming island setting, based around against tree. We enjoyed the view from the raised viewing platforms, and the trees attracted a variety of interesting birds to view at close quarters. The rooms had fascinating individual carvings.

Both the river trip and game drives were excellent. Amazing bird life along the river, and leopard and buffalo herd on the drive.
Manager efficient but probably in the wrong place - he wanted the bright lights!

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Mr & Mrs P - Harrow
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Susuwe Island Lodge review

We would have liked the staff to engage more with their guests, and felt on one night were we being ecouraged to stay in our room so the staff could get an early night. However, game drives were fantastic as was the room and location.

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Mr & Mrs M from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Absolutely Delightful

45 min game drive from the main road, then 1 minute boat ride round the bend of the river to the lodge. Funny little boat like a floating pontoon with dining chairs. This is also what they use for birding boat trips, usually in the morning and game drives in the afternoon.
Lodge is very comfortable, spacious bedroom and bathroom (weren't expecting a bath so that was a pleasant surprise, especially as it was a bath with a view, and the shower had a view too), shady deck with loungers, peaceful view into reeds and papyrus. Cabin stayed cool in the heat of the day but didn't get too cold overnight, and the mosquito net had been thoughtfully designed with space to stand by the bed and a shelf within the net for bits and pieces. The food was simple but tasty especially the home made bread.

We were pleased that it is private tables here rather than communal dining, which we dislike, and we were asked what time we would like lunch and dinner rather than being told what time it was being served, which I think was a personal touch. Saw many herds of elephants in particular, and also 2 wild dogs.

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Mr H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Susuwe Island Lodge review

This Lodge is a class act. Great management, great individual style - and great elephants!

You need to know that Susuwe and the whole of this part of the Caprivi Strip is on South African (not Windhoek) time. We kept our pick up waiting for an hour because we weren't aware of this!

The Lodge has wonderful staff. The rooms are comfortable and full of individual details. We were lucky to have the manager, Peter, as our guide. He is from Zimbabwe and has truly deep knowledge and a calmness that is rare and valuable. We saw literally hundreds of elephants and wide; range of antelope and birds. And of course there is the river! The food was very good; the peacefulness of the tree house viewing platform was good and the staff enabled guests to go at their own individual pace.

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Mr J & Mrs S Caprivi
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Food:
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Susuwe Island Lodge review

All very good.

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Food:
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Died and gone to heavan

After a very long 6 hour drive not being able to find the camp was a bit stressful to say the least but when you actually find the pick up and arrive you will find an absolute gem of a camp waiting for you.

The road to the camp is only accessiable by 4x4 but being greeted by a family on elephant and beautiful water scenerary is worth the drive. The lodge itself is fantastic and the rooms perfect on your own island hidaway.

The staff were great, the food excellent and the activities great as you can split it between the water and the dry woodland areas.

We stayed 2 nights but a third night would have been better. Seeing Sitatunga is always special

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Mr. & Mrs W-J - Nottingham
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Susuwe Island Lodge review

Another boring drive to get here, despite the signs warning of 80 kph elephants! However we do know now that elephants do appear on the road although not at that speed! We were met on time (Caprivi time, that is; you should make clients aware of this unofficial arrangement that watches should be put forward an hour at Divundu– we met EA clients who were an hour late at their pick-up due to not knowing about it) and smoothly transferred to the lodge on its island by the fantastic Phourie. We were a bit concerned about leaving the car at Kongola, but in the event it was perfectly safe as the police post is manned 24/7.

Everything about the lodge was excellent, professional and friendly. This is a high quality operation. Rooms are huge – we were in no 5 (the warthog room). Loved the carved doors which pivoted in the centre. Very comfortable with fluffy pillows and duvets, hot showers and a bath already drawn for you when you return from the afternoon activity. Daily laundry service was excellent and included in the price.

Food was generally very good, though every main course arrived accompanied by an army of peppers. We spent several meals with Campbell, one of the owners, who was very informative about the building and future of the lodge and great company when he came on a game drive with us.

This is the only place we have been where, not only is a choice of wine for sundowners offered at the lodge, but Phourie invites you to taste it on your sundowner in the middle of the park- surreal!! Wonder what he'd have done if we didn't like it??

Activities are based in Bwabwata NP and on the Kwando river – it's a large park but animals are skittish due to previous poaching. However, we saw roan, sable, eland (rare in this park), lots of eles, kudus and impalas, lion and leopard tracks (not the animals but it was fun tracking them). An excellent evening boat trip on which we saw sitatunga as well as loads of hippos. Excellent for birds. Phourie was an excellent and very informative guide. We had been led to believe there was overlap with Mudumu NP but when we enquired about the possibility of a drive in this park the cost was prohibitive.
We recommend staying at least 2 nights to take advantage of the activities available. Four might have been one too many.

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Mr J & Mrs P and Mr C & Mrs R - Wembley
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Didn't live up to its advertising

Our experience may have been affected by visiting this place when substitute managers who clearly had limited knowledge of Susuwe were in charge, and when the chef was on holiday and, judging by the quality of the food, had left the kitchen maid in charge of the kitchen.

We were surprised to be presented with a drinks bill at the end of our visit, and they should perhaps clarify what they mean by 'all drinks included' as they clearly aren't.

Game drives and guiding were very good, and the arrival at Susuwe by boat is lovely.

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