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The stands here aren’t right on the river bank, like the chalets are, but you can view the mighty Zam­bezi River from the bar, which is built on a deck over the river. Curt-Ingo Sag­ell, Silke Kauert and Rachelle Lam­brechts al­ways greet vis­i­tors warmly and their friendly pooches like to lie around in the camp­site. Soon it will feel like your home away from home. The ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties are clean and the com­mu­nal kitchen has a sink to wash your dishes and a two-plate stove. Or book a meal at the restau­rant.

Bird­watch­ing is prob­a­bly the se­cond most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity af­ter fish­ing for tiger fish in the Zam­bezi. Schalow’s tu­raco nest in the lodge gar­den and you might also see African wood owl. The big draw­card is Pel’s fish­ing-owl and al­though you can look for one on a boat cruise with Curt, I was lucky enough to see one right in front of the bar one night! (Be­fore I had my first Amarula…)

Rates: Camp­ing (three stands, with power) R100 per adult; R50 per child un­der 12. Chalets from R500 per per­son shar­ing (self-cater­ing); R600 per per­son with break­fast; R800 per per­son with break­fast and din­ner. Dis­counts for chil­dren un­der 12. Sun­set cruise R300 per per­son for two peo­ple; the big­ger the group, the lower the rate (10 or more peo­ple pay R150 each). Fish­ing out­ings (half-day or full-day) or boat out­ings (1 – 3 nights) on the Zam­bezi and Chobe for up to six peo­ple: rates on re­quest. Where? 6 km east of Ka­tima Mulilo. GPS: S17.49515 E24.32406 Con­tact: 00 246 66 252 287; capriv­i­house­boat­sa­faris.com

– Toast Coet­zer

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