Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa in the wilderness of the Caprivi Strip.
Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa: Our full report
Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa is located on the banks of Kavango River just down stream from Popa Rapids in Namibia's Caprivi Strip. This property feels more like a hotel in the bush rather than a more traditional safari camp.
Nestled high on the banks of the river amongst the riverine forest, Divava is the sister property to La Mirage Lodge in the Namib-Naukluft area. Although Divava is situated in Namibia, where the river is called the Kavango, the owners decided to include the more famous Botswanan name of the river in the full lodge title.
Compared to most of the lodges in the Caprivi, Divava is quite a large property, there are 20 luxury chalets here. Each of these large rooms is decorated in neutral sandy tones with one or two orange 'accents' to provide some colour. There are plenty of windows throughout giving a light and airy feel to the rooms.
All of the chalets are air conditioned and split over two levels. The upper level, where you enter the room, has a large wooden wardrobe with plenty of hanging space, shelves, mini fridge and a small electronic safe for storing your belongings. Down a few steps is the bedroom with two queen size beds surrounded by a mosquito net with bedside tables and an armchair.
From the bedroom a large door opens out on to a private viewing deck with two heavy outdoor chairs and a coffee table. The perfect place to soak in the views of the river in peace.
The en-suite bathroom has both indoor and outdoor showers, a bath, his and her's basins and a separate toilet. Again there are plenty of windows allowing natural light in but due to the proximity of the neighbouring chalet, don't impact privacy. This said we thought that the outdoor showers could have been better screened off to ensure more privacy.
The main area of Divava is a series of large thatched buildings. The main reception, has a small lounge where free WiFi is available, next to which is the lodges curio shop. Down a fairly long flight of stairs is the main bar and restaurant. This building is located right on the rivers edge and is close to the rapids - the outdoor seating areas have partial views of them upstream. Inside we felt that the restaurant was a little dark, due to the fact that the curtains were permanently closed, perhaps to try and reduce the heat of the day, it was very hot during our visit in December 2016.
As well as an outdoor swimming pool, the lodge also has a spa facility, the wellness village., which consists of private or couples treatment rooms, changing rooms and a steam room. On our last visit we were lucky enough to enjoy some very relaxing massages - the perfect break from bouncing around in a vehicle. It is best to let the lodge know if you would like a treatment as early as possible, preferably the day before. We nearly missed out because we had not been made aware of this!
Activites at Divava, as with many of the lodges in Caprivi, focus predominantly on the river and include fishing, sundower cruises, mokoro trips, boat safaris and even island dinners. The lodge also offers village visits and game drives into the Mahango National Park and buffalo core area of the Babwata National Park.
Our viewIf you are looking for a larger lodge or would like to pamper yourself in the spa, then Divava is a comfortable place to base and indulge yourself for a day or two. It also makes a good platform from which to explore the Mahango and Babwata National Parks.
Ideal length of stay: 2 - 3 nights
Directions: Divava Lodge is located 7km southwest of Divundu in Namibia’s Carpivi strip.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Staff: Karel Urjon - manager Dec 2016
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Breakfast at Divava takes the form of a buffet with a selection of continental style pastries, breads, pancakes, jams, cereals, fresh fruit, fruit salads and fruit juices. Cooked breakfast is also available on order.
Lunch is a small a la carte menu affair. In December 2016 options included salads, sandwiches, pasta and pizza.
Dinner is a five course meals, on our last visit we had a pre-starter of grilled pineapple with bacon. Followed by vegetable soup for soup course and smoked salmon and cream cheese starter. The main was a choice of kudu or hake filet served with seasonal vegetables and baked potatoes. The meal was then rounded off by a choice of deserts. We were impressed by the food even if the service was a little slow.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15
Drinks included: None
Further dining info: None
Wellbeing: Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa have a wellness spa with sauna, steamrooms and treatment rooms.See more ideas for Wellbeing in Namibia
Attitude towards children: Divava welcomes Children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions: None
Special activities & services: None
Equipment: The lodge can provide highchairs and an additional single bed in chalets for younger children on request.
Generally recommended for children: The feel of Divava is quite adult and we think that young children would feel out of place here.
Notes: There are a lot of steps and drop offs around Divava. There is also unfenced access to the river and an unfenced, unguarded pool so children would need constant supervision here.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is a back up generator in case the mains power fails.
Communications: There is cell phone reception throughout the lodge and free WiFi in the reception area.
TV & radio: None
Water supply: Other
Water supply notes: There water supply here is pumped from the river and treated. We were informed that the tap water was safe to drink, however given the fact that the water was still slightly brown during our stay we feel it would be safe to stick to bottled water.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Divundu (7km away), and there is a hospital in Rundu, (210km away).
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There are guards on the gate during the day and patrolling the premises at night.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers placed throughout the property.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available at an additional cost.
Money: There is a small electronic safe in each rooms for cash and valuables.
Accepted payment on location: Cash payments can be made in South African rand, Namibian dollars, Botswanan pula, euros and US dollars. Visa and MasterCardare accepted card payment methods.