Reviews of Nkwazi Lodge
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Sorry to sat this place did not live up to what the brchure had to say, "want some peace and quiet" On our arrivall at 1.30ish pm we were shown to our chalet which was to the left of the main building on approach. These were the small chalets not he one's shown on the brochure, which we did not have an issue with. The issue for us was that the water pump generator.... thudding away till 5 then was started up next morning at 6.30 till 7. Allso surely a bar of soap would be a better provision than two boiled sweets on the pillows
This was the only place too that did not even provide a bottle of water even though stated on the door in the room.
On a positive note evening entertainment was laid on at 20ram each, which goes to the vilage up keep, and a lovely area.
Nkwazi Lodge review
Easy to find despite being off the main road.
Very welcoming and enjoyable stay in a relaxed atmosphere.
Very good to learn about the work being carried out to support the local community.
A pity we didn't have a longer stay.
Good stopover for the Caprivi Strip
A good location on the Kavango river with views of the reed beds rather than the river, but this is visible with a short walk down to the banks. The cultural display (dancing, singing and drumming) before the communal meal was interesting and enjoyable - especially for our eldest two. The community work done by the Lodge sounded good also, though we didn't see much of this due to our short stay.
The room was comfortable, if a little dated in decor and furnishings. The bathroom was quite dark. The swimming pool was dirty with cracked/loose and missing tiles. However the food was good (with the central fire acting as the food & people warming system!) and the staff very friendly. We only spent one night here after our longest drive and so perhaps did not really get to experience the Lodge at its best.
Friendly riverside lodge
Nkwazi Lodge is more rustic lodge but very friendly and comfortable and we had a lovely sundowner cruise and a very pleasant evening chatting with the owner.
Basically a campsite.
The room was nice but the "lodge" is really a campsite. Lots of people, and not really our kind of place. I understand that the owners try to help the local children but we were actually asked by a waiter for a contribution to his education and if he could have our address and details in the U.K for if he came over. This was not anyone we had any contact or conversation with other than the normal questions about the menu etc. and it made us feel uncomfortable having to refuse.
We also were put off the food by the behaviour of other guests.. one almost sticking his nose in a dish of "stew" to find out what it was and a coulple who actually put back a spoon into a dish after tasting it..from the spoon. Maybe a bit TOO free and easy and "communal" . Nothing much to do, as there was nowhere interesting to walk.
Nkwazi is probably the sort of place you stop at when you're on the way to somewhere else. That was us. It was comfortable and well appointed; cuisine was good or very good.
The assembly of a series of local dancers, whom it was difficult to avoid watching at an extra charge (dinner only served after the demonstration) had the flavour of the artficial, a staged performance for tourists and the reckoning the following morning took place with Valerie sitting at the receipt of customs, writing the details of, and charges for, every individual's consumption then and there. With a queue of about fourteen, and very laborious computing and scribing, the excessive waste of time was unnecessary and frustrating.
Nkwazi Lodge review
We arrived to find we had been put in chalets K1 and K2. These were the new chalets (they are building quite a few new ones, and were on a building site on top of the others being built!) and were definitely not really ready for occupation. Very bare with no mosquito nets, nothing on the bare cement floors, and very little furniture. I was completely despondent! I insisted we were moved while feeling sorry for them because they were fully booked. Luckily they decided to move us and to take the flak from the later arriving tourists! Our new chalets were very good overlooking the river and we went on to enjoy this lodge and especially the food which was very good indeed. I suggest you insist that any future clients are in the original chalets and not the new build.Read more about the whole trip
Good one night stop
A convenient and comfortable place to stay for one nightRead more about the whole trip
Sundowner boat trip included children singing for us and that evening at the lodge we were entertained by Local traditional dancers and choirRead more about the whole trip