16Kunene

go! Namibia - - KUNENE RIVER LODGE, RIVER NGEPI CAMP, OKAVANGO RIV -

Most of the 12 stands here are un­der lead­wood or jackal-berry trees, with views of the river. The stands have braai fa­cil­i­ties, power and com­mu­nal ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. There are also lodge rooms and A-frame chalets. The lodge has a restau­rant and a swim­ming pool.

In a coun­try as arid as Namibia, it’s a good idea to linger near wa­ter. The Kunene River, which flows past the camp, forms the bor­der with An­gola. It’s a good place to set­tle in for a few days.

Visit the nearby Dors­land Mon­u­ment at Swart­boois­drift or drive to the Rua­cana Falls up­stream. If you’d like to know more about Himba cul­ture, a tour costs R280 per per­son. Bird­watch­ers can look for­ward to nearly 300 species. Some are very rare, like the cin­derella wax­bill. This is the only spot in south­ern Africa where you can see it.

Rates: Camp­ing R150 per per­son. Lodge rooms (with air­con) from R895 per per­son shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). A-frame huts (with ceil­ing fans) from R695 per per­son shar­ing (break­fast in­cluded). Rates will go up in June 2016. Dis­counts for chil­dren un­der 12. Dine at the lodge, go on a river cruise (R310 per per­son) or hire a fish­ing rod to try and catch a tiger fish (R105 per day). Bird­watch­ing R300 per per­son. Where? 50 km west of Rua­cana. GPS: S17.35439 E13.88129 Con­tact: 00 264 61 224 712 (book­ings); (lodge, Hil­lary); kunener­iver­lodge.com

00 264 65 685 016

– Toast Coet­zer

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