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Nunda River Lodge
Nunda River Lodge
Nunda River Lodge
Nunda River Lodge
Nunda River Lodge

Nunda River Lodge: Our full report

Nunda River Lodge (sometimes referred to as Nunda Safari Lodge) opened in May 2008 in Namibia's Caprivi Strip, ...

... now renamed as the Zambezi Region. Taking the local Thimbukushu name for the fruit of the jackalberry tree, Nunda sits on the banks of the Kavango River, 2km downstream from Popa Falls (also referred to as the Popa Rapids).

With a total of 19 bungalows, Meru tents and chalets, guest accommodation at Nunda River Lodge is varied, but all the rooms and tents are clean and comfortable. In each, double or twin beds are surrounded by mosquito nets and covered with crisp white linen, with colour accents in the cushions and throws at the foot of the bed. An en-suite bathroom, with shower, single basin and flush toilet, is standard, and all rooms also have an electronic safe, floor-standing electric fan, flask of fresh drinking water and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
  • Eight spacious bungalows are set under a shady canopy of trees, each with a thatched roof and a private, covered deck or patio overlooking the Kavango River. One of the bungalows has four beds, so would suit a family, and some of the en-suite bathrooms feature a bath as well as a shower.
  • Seven twin-bedded Meru tents are raised off the ground on wooden decks. Like the bungalows, these too have plenty of tree shade and a private deck or patio overlooking the river.
  • Four smaller chalets are set further back in the grounds from the tents and bungalows, and have no river views.
The main area at Nunda River Lodge is a large airy thatched structure which houses the reception, dining area, bar with TV, a well-stocked curio shop and a comfortable lounge. A big wooden deck leads out from this main building with uninterrupted views of the river. Here you will find lots of seating where you can enjoy a meal or a sundowner drink. In the well-tended gardens is a welcoming swimming pool surrounded by numerous sunloungers with sunshades.

Activities from Nunda include guided game drives to Caprivi's Mahangu and Bwabwata national parks, boat cruises, bird walks and visits to a traditional village.


Our view

Nunda River Lodge is a comfortable, friendly base to explore this central part of the Caprivi – in particular Mahango National Park and Popa Falls. It’s also a short drive to the Botswana border crossing at Mahembo, so it makes a good stopover on the way towards Botswana’s Panhandle.

Karen Sharpe

Karen Sharpe

Namibia expert

Geographics

Location
Caprivi Strip, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
Two nights would be good here to explore this part of the Caprivi
Directions
Nunda Lodge is south of Divundu, just 2km from Popa Falls.
Accessible by
Self-drive

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Half Board
Food quality
When we visited Nunda in June 2017, we did not stay long enough to enjoy a meal, but we understand from the owner that:

Breakfast is a buffet of fresh fruit and cereals as well as a cooked breakfast to order.

Lunch is a light option of toasted sandwiches, burgers or fish with a selection of salads.

Dinner is a set menu with a choice of two main courses, which usually include a vegetarian option. They also have a buffet salad bar.

Dining style
Individual Tables
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included
Drinks are not included. Filtered drinking water is provided in the rooms.

Children

Attitude towards children
Children are welcome at Nunda Safari Lodge
Property’s age restrictions
No age restriction
Special activities & services
None
Equipment
One of the bungalows has 4 beds so is suitable for a family.
Generally recommended for children
Because of the openness of the lodge we would suggest that it is not suitable for children under eight years old.
Notes
Dangerous game, including crocodiles and hippos, will wander through camp day and night, and parents need to supervise children very closely at all times, the swimming pool is also unfenced.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Nunda River Lodge

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Nunda River Lodge have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Hippo

80% success

Sable antelope

75% success

Zebra

75% success

Giraffe

67% success

Buffalo

50% success

Elephant

50% success

Lion

25% success

Roan antelope

25% success

Wildebeest

25% success

Aardvark

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Eland

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Sitatunga

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Wild dog

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
A generator is available for back up.
Communications
There is cell-phone reception here.
TV & radio
There is a TV in the bar.
Water supply
Other
Water supply notes
The water supply is pumped from the river and filtered. Hot and cold running water is provided and the toilets are flush toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
There is a clinic at nearby Bagani and a hospital at Andara 15kms away.
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Security measures
There are guards on duty 24 hours.
Fire safety
All rooms and the main area have fire extinguishers.

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

    Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

    Fishing

  • Mokoro

    Mokoro

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
Laundry is available for stays of two nights or more, with a laundry list provided in the rooms. Ironing is not possible.
Money
There is no currency exchange.
Accepted payment on location
Visa and Mastercard are accepted, as is cash in Nambian dollars and South African rand.

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