Mahangu Safari Lodge

Mahangu Safari Lodge: Our full report

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Good (70%) From 2 reviews
Best for 6+
All year

Overlooking the Kavango River, Mahangu Safari Lodge is situated next to Mahango National Park and Bwabwata National Park. Hence the lodge is in a very good location for visiting these parks, as well as making it a convenient stop over for travellers heading through the Caprivi Strip, coming to/from Botswana (Okavango Delta) and heading on to Victoria Falls.

Mahangu Safari Lodge has got ten bungalows that have thatched roofs and a tiled floor. This includes two family rooms, three triple rooms and five twin rooms. The bungalows are sparsely furnished and painted in white with a green bathroom. The rooms are equipped with double and single beds that all have mosquito nets above them. There is an en-suite bathroom in each room, which contains a flushing toilet and hot shower. All bungalows are provided with an air conditioning unit as well as a fan hanging from the ceiling.

The lodge has got six big safari tents overlooking the Kavango River. The tents are simple and functional with an en-suite bathroom and furnished with twin beds.

The main area at Mahangu Safari Lodge is decorated with many stuffed animal heads, masks and pictures from successful fishing trips. The walls are painted with the same green color as the bungalows which can make it seem quite dark. There is a lounge area which offers comfortable seating and a well-stocked bar. Dinner can be eaten inside or outside and is set up with individual tables. The lodge has got a small curio shop where visitors can buy souvenirs from their trip.

Outside is a lush garden with a well-kept lawn, mature trees and a good sized swimming pool. There is also a raised viewing deck, accessed by some steep steps which offers great views over the Kavango river and the Bwabwata National Park on the other side.

Activities at the lodge concentrate on game drives to Mahango National Park and the Bwabwata National Park. Further activities are boat trips on the Kavango River, guided fishing trips and bird watching. It is also worth pointing out that a stay of two nights or more includes a free breakfast boat cruise.

Our view

Mahangu Safari Lodge is a basic lodge with a quirky interior that feels quite dated compared to other lodges in the region. Don’t come here for the lodge itself but use it as a good base for trips and activities into the Mahango National Park and for boat trips on the Kavango River.


Location: Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: Two to three nights

Directions: Mahangu Safari Lodge is located off the C48, 16km north of the Mohembo border with Botswana.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: We have not yet had the chance to try food at the lodge, but hope to do so at some point in the future.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

Drinks included: No drinks are included

Further dining info: Room service is not available.


Attitude towards children: Mahangu Safari Lodge welcomes families with children.

Property’s age restrictions: Mahangu Safari Lodge, does not have any age restrictions.

Special activities & services: There is no special activities for children

Equipment: There is no special equipment for children

Notes: Children will need supervision around the pool area and at time dangerous wildlife can wander through camp.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: A telephone is available in reception; there is also mobile phone reception. WiFi is available in the main area and reception.

TV & radio: None

Water supply: Other

Water supply notes: The water here is pumped from the river and filtered. This is fine for washing, but is not suitable for human consumption. All the chalets have hot and cold running water, and flushing toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Divundu, 16km away.

Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk

Security measures: There are guards on duty at night

Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all of the tents and the main area.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry can be done for an extra charge

Money: It is not possible to do currency exchange at the lodge.

Accepted payment on location: South African rand, Namibian dollars, euros and US dollars cash are accepted along with Visa and Mastercard payments.

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