If you look at the map of Namibia and Angola, you’ll see a portion of the two countries are divided by a long body of water. That is the Okavango River, which eventually empties out into the famous Okavango Delta. No matter what part of the river you decide to stay in, there’s no denying that the area is a stunning location to immerse yourself in nature and view wildlife. It’s time to unplug yourself from your everyday routine and book a room. Here are some of the most gorgeous lodges of the Okavango River.
Taranga Safari Lodge
Located on the Namibia side, Taranga Safari Lodge is an idyllic escape where guests can stay in luxury chalets or campsites. Each chalet is elevated and has its own balcony to connect visitors to the outdoors where they can view the Okavango River. From the lodge, guests can go fishing in the river as well as join a sunrise or sundowner river cruise to look for crocodiles and hippos. As night falls, head out to its main lodge for a dreamy dinner out on its patio.
Get an intimate environment by staying at the Tambuti Lodge in Rundu, Namibia. The hotel has its own pools with thatched roof cabanas and private lodges for guests to rent overnight. The lodge rentals are separated far enough away from each other to make visitors feel as if they have the whole area to themselves. By evening, make your way through the garden to its own restaurant, Africa Restaurant, where you’ll find delicious seafood fare. The menu has Walvis, Swakopmund and Luderitz influence.
Divava Okavango Resort & Spa
Get pampered like royalty at Divava Okavango Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel right on a hilly terrain by the river. Each room is in a small cottage with thatched roofs and spacious patios facing the water. You’ll even get to watch the hippos frolic in the water from the comforts of your room. While there, take advantage of its stunning spa that includes an outdoor tub soak for guests to relax while admiring the surrounding scenery. The hotel’s own restaurant serves five course dinners serving everything from meat, to seafood, to vegetarian fare.
Ndhovu Safari Lodge
Take your Okavango River experience up a notch and stay in a houseboat called “Hippo” at Ndhovu Safari Lodge. The houseboat can sleep up to four guests and visitors thoroughly enjoy the relaxing journey along the river. Three meals are served daily on the boat and guests will eventually make a stop at a game park for a five to six hour drive to see wilderness such as lions, elephants, zebras and more. Before packing up to head home, stop at the site’s own Curio Shop to purchase locally made ceramics, postcards and books.
Kunene River Lodge
Kunene River Lodge in Opuwo, Namibia doubles as a hotel and campsite overlooking the river. Active guests especially love to stay here since it’s popular for white water rafting (boats and equipment provided by the lodge) as well as other outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing and fishing. A swimming pool is also available on the premises along with a restaurant and bar.
Shametu River Lodge
Luxury tents or chalets, take your pick at Shametu River Lodge. Whatever your choice, you’ll enjoy the lavish lifestyle of sleeping in beds with mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms and a view of Popa Falls. From the lodge, tourists can go on Mokoro boat trips to see more of the river and the wildlife that inhabits the area. Or guests can opt to go on the sundowner boat cruise, game drive, or walk to a nearby village to learn about local culture.
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