Nunda River Lodge

Nunda River Lodge: Our full report

19 rooms and tents
Traveller's rating
Good (83%) From 23 reviews
Best for 8+
All year

Nunda River Lodge (also sometimes referred to as Nunda Safari Lodge), opened in May 2008 and is situated in Namibia's Caprivi Strip. Taking the local Thimbukushu name given to the fruit of the Jackalberry tree, Nunda sits on the banks of the Kavango River, two kilometres downstream from Popa Falls.

Nunda River Lodge has eight spacious thatched en-suite bungalows, seven twin bedded en-suite meru tents raised off the ground on wooden decks, and four smaller non-river facing chalets. All the rooms and tents are clean and comfortable with double or twin beds surrounded by mosquito nets and covered with crisp white linen with colour accents in the cushions and throws at the foot of the bed. Each unit has an en-suite bathroom with shower, single basin and flush toilet. Some of the bungalows also have a bath. All rooms also have an electronic safe, floor standing electric fan, flask of fresh drinking water and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms are set under a shady canopy of trees and each has a private, covered deck or patio overlooking the Kavango River – except for the four chalets which are set further back in the grounds with no river views.

The main area at Nunda River Lodge is a large airy thatched structure which houses the reception, dining area, the bar, a well stocked curio shop and a comfortable lounge. A large wooden deck leads out from the main building with uninterrupted views of the river. Here you will find lots of seating where guests can enjoy a meal or a sundowner drink. In the well-tended gardens is a welcoming swimming pool surrounded by numerous sun loungers 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 base to explore this part of the Caprivi - in particular Mahango National Park and Popa Falls. It’s a short drive to the Botswana border crossing at Mahembo so it also makes a good stop-over before heading towards Botswana’s Pan-handle.


Location: Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: Two nights would be good here to explore this part of the Caprivi

Accessible by: Self-drive

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Half Board

Food quality: We did not stay long enough to enjoy a meal here, however we were advised the following by the owner :

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 includes a vegetarian option. They also have a buffet salad bar.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £1-5

Drinks included: Drinks are not included. Filtered drinking water is provided in the rooms.


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.

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.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

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: 24 hours guards

Fire safety: All rooms and the main area have fire extinguishers.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is available for stays of 2 nights or more and a laundry list is provided in the rooms. Ironing is not available.

Money: There is no currency exchange.

Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted as well as cash in Nambian dollars and South African rands.

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