Susuwe Island Lodge is situated on an island in the Kwando River within Bwabwata N.P.
Susuwe Island Lodge: Our full report
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE -
During the night of Sunday, 02 August 2015 local fires severely damaged Susuwe Island Lodge. Fortunately, there was no loss of life and no one was hurt. The fire destroyed nearly 70% of the property, hence the lodge has shut and is undergoing a re-building project until further notice. It is anticipated the Susuwe Island Lodge will welcome guests once they have re-built the lodge, but at the moment we don't have any further information on this - we'll update it as soon as we do!
Situated in the heart of Namibia's Caprivi Strip, in Bwabwata National Park, Susuwe Island Lodge is a little gem, tucked away in a lush riverine forest on an island in the river. It's a luxurious and romantic base game-drives into Bwabwata and boat trips on the Kwando River for fishing & bird-watching.
Susuwe Island Lodge has got six very stylish, luxurious brick-and-thatch chalets that are all complete with en-suite bathroom, lounge and bedroom. The bedrooms are furnished either with a double or a twin bed that are equipped with mosquito nets. Each of these suites has a ceiling fan, gauze screen doors and a small safe. The en-suite bathrooms have a large bay window, a flushing toilet, his and her wash-basins, a shower and a bath with a riverview.
Outside, the private deck which overlooks the Kwando River, is a perfect place for sitting with a pair of binoculars to watch the prolific birdlife around you. Each chalet has its own private plunge pool as well as wooden deck chairs to relax in.
The main area consists of one open-sided thatched building, where you can find a lounge with a small library, a bar and the individual dining tables. In the evening, sit around the campfire to enjoy an aperitif and perhaps also drinks after dinner.
Next to the main building is a two-storey lookout that gives the opportunity for some game and bird-watching.
The activities at Susuwe Island Lodge concentrate on game drives with an experienced guide and in a 4WD vehicle. Sunrise and sunset boat cruises as well as bird watching and fishing trips are also organised by the lodge. One highlight of the activities is a visit Horseshoe Bend where you can often witness a vast number of elephant drinking in the afternoon.
Game drives head into Bwabwata National Park, where the animals can be a little skittish – and certainly game densities don't rival Chobe's. However, with patience, aside from large numbers of elephants there kudu, impala and groups of roan, sable and even eland. The predators are around, including lion, leopard and even wild dogs – although you may have to work hard for good sightings. Boat trips occasionally yield sightings of sitatunga in areas of papyrus – as well numerous hippos and the odd crocodile – although the highlight of the boat trips for many will be the birdlife. Note that game drives into Mudumu National Park are possible on a private-drive bass, but costs are very high.
Our viewSusuwe Island Lodge is a beautiful lodge, which offers a high standard of accommodation, guiding and food. Bird-watching here can be good, with many of the Okavango Delta's 'specials' occurring here – like the slaty egret. Game drives may be more variable, but best in the dry season, when high elephant concentrations are common. Susuwe is an excellent choice for a couple of nights stop when driving across the Caprivi Strip.
Ideal length of stay: Two to three nights
Directions: Self-drivers will be met at the security checkpoint in Kongola. Here they will leave their car, then be transferred by road and boat to the lodge.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: On our last visit in 2013 we found the food to be excellent. Our breakfast was extensive and good – both a cold continental buffet and hot food being served.
For lunch we had a grilled chicken stir-fry with a mustard sauce, followed by a homemade honey cake.
In the evening, dinner is a three-course set menu and as a starter we were served beetroot soup, followed by the main course, which was chicken escalope with buttered vegetables and creamy potatoes. For dessert we had caramel mousse.
The meals were all freshly prepared and we found them superb.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Further dining info: None
Attitude towards children: Children of 10 years and older are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions: The lodge accepts children aged 10 and over.
Special activities & services: None
Generally recommended for children: We think of Susuwe as being a lodge for adults rather than children.
Notes: The lodge accepts children aged 10 and over.
Power supply: Generator
Power supply notes: On in the mornings until 10am then again from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm
Communications: There is sometimes mobile phone reception.
TV & radio: None.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The lodge has a first aid kit.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: There is a guard who escorts guests to their rooms in the mornings and evenings. Rooms all have locks on them.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the rooms.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: There is a full laundry service which costs N$7-17 per item.
Accepted payment on location: Payment is accepted in US dollars, Euros and UK pounds cash, as well as Namibian dollars and South African rand. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.