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Situated 170 kilometres east of Rundu, at the start of the Caprivi, Riverdance Lodge was conceived by a couple who spent four years working with local craftsmen to turn their dream into a reality.  

They were captivated by the Okavango River and the people whose lives are entwined with it, and vowed that the traditional owners of the land – the local community – would shared in the process and in the lodge’s future. As owners and your hosts, they will share their contagious passion, their knowledge of the bush, and the spirit of their generosity, an essential part of life in Namibia, with you.

Peace and privacy are highly prized at Riverdance, and the stunning, architecturally-designed, waterfront rooms, constructed in wood and glass, nestle on the riverbank among hundreds of trees. Each is furnished with extra-long beds and tastefully decorated with local linens, while a choice of pillows helps ensure a relaxing night’s sleep. A private walkway leads to your own luxurious bathroom fitted with bath and shower, and equipped with biodegradable toiletries, bathrobes and plush towels. While reclining on your private deck or soaking in the tub you can languish to background music of bird calls and frogs croaking. Once night has fallen, you can use the lodge’s telescope to explore the multitude of stars that illuminates the night sky.

The restaurant serves delicious Namibian cuisine, using only the best cuts of meat and locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. The lodge has its own orchard, a greenhouse, a supply of goat’s cheese, freshly caught fish, honey, wild fruits, roasted nuts, wild spinach, mahango and eggs which add to the quality of life along the river. You will be welcomed with song and dance by the people of the Kavango. 

Elephant occasionally visit the lodge, but are frequently spotted on the other side of the river, which is home to a host of large and small creatures, including hippopotamus, crocodile, all manner of snakes and reptiles, otter, water monitor, insects, amphibians and butterflies.

The adjacent campsite offers privacy, a view, access to the river, and dedicated ablution facilities. Campers can order pizza fresh from the oven and have access to their own separate wooden deck.

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Key info

  • 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
This accommodation is located in:

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