If the word ‘Namibia’ only makes you think of arid, desert landscapes, think again! Mazambala Island Lodge, situated on an island in the Kwando River in the Caprivi region of Namibia, is a haven of rest in a tropical paradise.
The Caprivi was renamed to the Zambezi region in 2013, but the locals will most likely keep on referring to the area as the Caprivi.
The local tribes also refer to the area as the island of abundance – a very apt description. Lush vegetation, gigantic palms and sausage trees, prolific birdlife and a myriad of animal species make Mazambala Island Lodge a place of plenty.
Mazambala Island Lodge is one of our favourites. The accommodation is basic, but always clean and very well maintained. The service and hospitality can only be described as outstanding.
Enjoy the sunset from the 12-meter-high viewing platform that offers a spectacular view of the surrounding flood plain. Don’t be too surprised if you see animals wandering down to the river for a drink while you are enjoying your sundowner!
Evenings around the campfire in the lapa are very special. Close your eyes and listen to the snorts of hippos, cries of a distant hyena or other animals making their nocturnal presence in the Namibian bush heard.
Mealtimes at Mazambala Island Lodge are special events, when delicious fare is served in a thatched restaurant built on 2,5-meter-high stilts overlooking the flood plain. It is very easy to overindulge, but you can prevent your waistline from serious expansion by taking a few laps in the 15-meter-long swimming pool.
Mazambala Island Lodge can be reached by road for most of the year. Leave the Trans Caprivi Highway approximately 3 km from the police checkpoint on the Kwando River. During the winter you can reach us by 4x4 vehicle. The last 1 km is rather sandy. However, they provide safe parking before the loose sand starts. If you visit them during the drier month your transfer will most likely by 4x4 safari vehicle. However, during the wet summer months Mazambala Island becomes a real island and is therefore only accessible by boat. The lodge provides free boat transfers to all their guest during this period.
At Mazambala Island Lodge you are accommodated in one of 16 reed and thatch bungalows, all en-suite. Three of these chalets are specially equipped for families. The family chalets offer a double bed and up to three single beds.
The bungalows are all equipped with ceiling fans (not air-conditioning) and mosquito nets. As an extra precaution against ‘mozzies’, bungalows are regularly treated with an odourless insect repellent.
Experience the magic of the Caprivi in a number of ways. Float down the Kwando River by boat. Chances are good that you will spot crocodile, hippo, lechwe and elephant. The number of bird species in the vicinity is simply astounding. In addition, daily game drives with professional guides will expose you to the big five.
You don’t even need to leave the garden of Mazambala Island Lodge to observe many interesting and varied species of birds. However, Mazambala Island Lodge can arrange birding tours for the more serious bird watchers.
The guides are walking encyclopaedias of knowledge about the traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees in this part of the Caprivi. A guided walk in the vicinity will provide you with a wealth of fascinating information.
The Kwando river is home to the Tiger fish, as well as another species including Squeaker and Nembwe. Hire a boat and fishing tackle at the Mazambala Island Lodge. Perhaps you will be the one to catch that elusive giant Tiger!
Mazambala Island Lodge offers game drives in the adjoining Bwabwata National Park. This park is famous for large herds of elephants. If your game drive takes a bit longer than expected, remember that elephants don’t wear watches and cross the road at their own pace. Sit back and enjoy a beer or cool drink (included in the price of the drive).