Reviews of Susuwe Island Lodge
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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
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.
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.
Great hospitality at stylish Susuwe
Suzuwe is a small lodge with perfect service from very nice people. Our ranger Beaven taught us a lot and even found wild dogs for us! And he and some colleagues helped us change a flat tyre on our departure.
It was the most beautifully designed lodge on our trip: real African style down to the last detail. Very large chalets - although the beds were a bit short for the taller people in our party.
The only slight disappointment was the food - beautifully served, but not always cooked properly - or perhaps it was prepared too far in advance. The other problem was the tea - which consistently tasted of coffee! (perhaps they should just use separate containers for the hot water)
Leopard spotting at Susuwe
We loved the space and decor of our suite and the wonderful carved artwork on the door and around the lodge - all very luxurious.It was quite blissful to be able to spread ourselves out and unpack everything!
Our guide Beavan was very good on all aspects of natural history and also the history of the area and we had the best leopard sighting we've ever had. In the morning we did a boat trip on the Kwando river and in the afternoon land safaris in the Bwabwata National Park.
We stayed for 2 nights and that was perfect.
The food was of a very high standard and beautifully presented. One small suggestion - a salad option at lunch would be appreciated as two hot meals a day with no exercise was getting to be a little too much for me at this stage of the holiday.
Exellent safaris and relaxing boat trips
Pick up instuctions were vague, as too which side of the bridge to be met. Ryan our driver was told to expect us from Katima direction, but we managed to find him.
A fantastic place, accommodation, hosts and staff.
We had no idea there was such a place on this earth as the Suswe Island lodge! The lodge itself iswonderfully laid out and appointed. Our room was spacious and had wonderful details such as a fantastically carved front door and inlaid floors. It had a great deck overlooking the river.
The managers, Tian and Natasha were gracious and hospitable spending the evenings conversing with us around the fire pit. They also invited us to view the hippo that decided to dine on the grass in the staff quarters area.
The food was superb! The chef serves gourmet meals that he announces personally.
Lester, our personal guide, was from the area and was able to explain how the local people used various plants. His knowledge of the plants and animals of the area was enormous and he shared his knowledge freely. He was terrific at locating animals and was very friendly and open. A truly exceptional guide.
Absolutely the highlight of our trip! An incredible experience.
Susuwe Island Lodge review
Our hosts were going out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as they possibly could. The quality of the accomodation, service and food were all excellent, and both, boat rides and game drives, enjoyable. We did not see any predators here - the closest we came to was some drag marks which led us to find a leopard kill. Good sightings of a variety of kingfishers and some beeaters.Read more about the whole safari
Very up market lodge
Everything about Susowe was good. There seemed to be a concept of giving guests privacy from each other rather than bringing them together. The latter is more the norm in Namibia which we prefer but that is down to personal taste.
Clarification is needed regarding "free drinks" as there seemed to be considerable confusion. Our bill included most drinks but when we pointed this out the charges were removed immediately. We heard similar remarks from other guests.
Genuinely breathtaking accomodation. Although expensive it proved worth it. Having all drives drinks and laundry included was a pleasant surprise.
We felt that the game viewing was almost undersold, Beven was an extremely good guide.
This actually proved a cost effective way to see the habitat along the Kwando, and was a real contrast to other areas in Namibia.
The accomodation was very luxurious without being pretentious, the staff catered to individual need, proved very welcoming and were very genuine with us.
An unforgettable experience.