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Situated on the south bank of the Okavango River, west of Rundu at the start of the Caprivi Strip, this gem of a lodge (with its adjacent campsite) is in the perfect location for breaking your journey.  

Hakusembe River Lodge’s 20 timber bungalows with thatched roof and verandah are set in a luxuriant garden along the riverbank with lawns and trees that provide welcome shade; each has an en suite bathroom and beds with mosquito nets. The restaurant serves good food, and a floating deck makes an ideal place to relax to the accompaniment of bird calls and the soothing sounds of lapping water, along with a small pool. Each morning a flask of coffee and rusks is brought to your verandah at sunrise. 

Fish eagles wheel over the reedbeds, local people paddle dugout canoes on the river, and the muted sounds of everyday life – cattle lowing, children laughing etc – drift over from Angolan villages on the opposite bank. If you have time, try catch-and-release fishing for elusive tiger fish, stroll to Mbunza cultural village for insights into local culture, or hop aboard the Hakusembe River Queen for a sundowner cruise while watching the many birds attracted by the prospect of fish, and crocodiles slipping sluggishly from the sandbanks where they bask. 

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  • Available*: Jan-Dec * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Natural Wonders

Few trips venture as far as Namibia’s northern border, but this innovative itinerary employs a combination of self-drive and guided safari to visit famed Etosha and the Caprivi en route to Africa’s Four Corners – where Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet – ending at Chobe and Victoria Falls.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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The Caprivi Strip

A hidden gem, the Caprivi Strip is a long, narrow strip of land along the Okavango. Here the Zambezi’s tributaries form a complex system of waterways, islands and riverine forests – protected by parks and wilderness areas. It is rich in wildlife and makes an ideal combination with nearby Botswana or Zambia.

  • Where: Caprivi Region
  • Ideal for viewing: carmine bee-eater, African elephant, fire-crowned bishop, leopard, lion
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris