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
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– Toast Coetzer