Susuwe Island Lodge

Reviews of Susuwe Island Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 20 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 20 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 J & Ms J - Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A beautiful place to stay

A beautiful place to stay. The staff all seemed happy and helpful and a lovely atmosphere about the place, with a resident dog, who was good fun.

The food was excellent and so were the guides. Electricity is limited because of their location and power is supplied by a generator so there was no air conditioning in the room, apart from a fan, so it was very hot at night. The river trips and game drive were excellent.

I would highly recommend this exclusive lodge and wish it all the success in the future.

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Ms W & Mr C - Dorset
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Idyllic island location, a very special place

What a fabulous location 25 mins drive down a sandy track (4x4) essential, then a short boat trip across to the lodge. Lovely warm welcome checking whether we wanted lunch even it was past lunchtime. Rooms very truly memorable, enormous bathroom lovely veranda over looking river with own plunge pool.

Food was first class and service exemplary. Afternoon tea was mouthwatering esp the flour less chocolate cake. We did the two evening game drives seeing the herds of elephants by the river and especially two of them playing/ fighting was a highlight. We also did the river cruise in the morning lots of wildlife to see close up and an exceptional guide.

This was without doubt a unique lodge with exceptional high standards. I would really like to keep it a secret as it is so special.

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Mr d. from London
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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susuwe eclusivity

This was exceptional !

The location on an island with fabulous excursions and great food and amazing service was all great

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Mr P & Mrs A - new year in Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 3-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Susuwe Island Lodge review

All very good.

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