Shamvura Camp

Shamvura Camp: Our full report

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Established in 2001, Shamvura Camp is built on a large ancient sand dune, which is one of the few elevated areas along the Okavango River. This gives the camp stunning views over the river and the flood plains that surround it. Shamvura Camp is located 110km east of Rundu, off the B8 road to Katima Mulilo. This location allows visitors to access Kaudom Game Reserve, Mahango National Park and the Mohembo border with Botswana.

None of the Expert Africa team has yet visited this lodge personally, but here is what we know about it…

Shamvura Camp is owned by Mark Paxton, a qualified game ranger with over 40 years experience. He has a keen interest in the wildlife of the area and has been involved with local community development and environmental programmes for many years.

The camp is situated among a range of habitats, from riverine forest and floodplains, to broadleaf woodland and scrubland. This gives rise to a wide range of wildlife at Shamvura including small mammals, reptiles, insects and around 400 bird species. The reeds in the surrounding flood plains provide homes for around 90 species of fish and 60 wetland birds.

Activities offered from Shamvura Camp include a bird watching cruise on the river, nature walks and hiking trips in the floodplains, and trips on the river in a wato (traditional dug out canoe). Microlight flights can be arranged by the camp. Fishing trips to catch tigerfish can be arranged, and there are over 80 species of fish in the Okavango River. You can also watch traditional music and dancing.

The lodge offers six different types of accommodation. All have shaded parking areas and all weather roads leading to them. All rooms come equipped with drinking water, mosquito nets and insect repellant.

On a raised platform in the forest, is the Tree Top Cottage, which has a great view from its large veranda. The cottage has one large double bedroom, an en-suite bathroom, and an open plan dining room, kitchen and lounge combined. This unit provides an aerial view of the kobthorn acacia riverine forest below. The cottage has a sofa that can be made in to a bed to sleep two and has a ceiling fan. There is space for a bed on the veranda and there is a fully equipped kitchen with crockery and cutlery for six people and a braai area.

The Maroela Tent sleeps two guests on a raised wooden platform with a view over the river from the veranda. This room is built next to a large maroela tree and has no electricity but has battery powered lamps and a braai area.

The Cambrenum Tent sleeps three or four guests and has a good view over the border into Angola from the veranda. There is a bathroom close by and a braai area under the shade of a combretum colonum tree. This tent also does not have electricity but has battery powered lamps.

The Mangetti tent is built on a wooden platform and sleeps three to four and has a veranda offering a good view of Angolan floodplains. This tent has en-suite shower facilities and a braai area. Again there is no electricity but there are battery powered lamps.

The Ushivi tent sleeps four people and is built in a private enclosed area, which includes a braai. The tent has a fully equipped kitchen with crockery and cutlery for 8. There is a bathroom and the tent has an electricity supply.

Shamvura Camp also offers camping facilities.


Location: Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Accessible by: Self-drive


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