NAMIBIA - NORTH & CAPRIVI
Northern Namibia refers to the area extending from Epupa Falls in the far northwest along the Angolan border, east to Etosha and beyond into the Caprivi Strip. The region gets more rainfall than central and southern Namibia giving rise to vegetation and more prolific animal life. Throughout the country distances between destinations are large and a small aircraft provides one of the most convenient methods of getting around. Fuel stops must be carefully planned.
ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
This is the main attraction of northern Namibia where more abundant rains bring grass, vegetation and game of all sorts. At Etosha’s core is a huge, flat, salty area – Etosha Pan – that is nearly 40 times the size of Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Mirages shimmer on the horizon. Here we’ve seen herds of elephant, lion, cheetah, black rhino, oryx, giraffe and others at waterholes dotted around the pan. Going to Namibia? Don’t miss it! Accommodation is available at National Park-run rest camps (though authorized landing strips are distant and inconvenient) and at private lodges, which maintain their own airstrips.
ONGAVA LODGE – Etosha National Park
Ongava Lodge is located next to the Etosha National Park -- Namibia’s premier wildlife area with elephant, lion, leopard, black rhino, antelope, and excellent bird life. Each of Ongava’s ensuite thatched chalets has a private elevated deck which overlooks the Reserve. Night drives and nature walks are done on the Ongava’s private game reserve but day-long trips are made in the Etosha Park.
ANDERSSON'S CAMP - Etosha National Park
Andersson's is located in a mopane scrub area (food for elephants) adjacent to Etosha Park. Each of their 20 tented ensuite rooms are raised and face a waterhole. Airstrip near lodge. Sister camp of Ongava. www.wilderness-safaris.com
EPACHA -Etosha National Park
A private luxury lodge and Spa and a second more modest camp situated about a 1-hour drive south of Etosha offering excursions to the national Park. Epacha sits on its own 18,000 hectares (45,000 acres) and is home to black rhino and other plains game. http://www.leadinglodges.com/lodges/lodges-in-namibia/epacha-game-lodge-spa
MOKUTI LODGE – Etosha National Park
Mokuti Lodge is a hotel-style establishment at the eastern edge of Etosha National park. The Lodge offers small rooms and larger suites. Meals are taken in the restaurant. Game viewing is conducted by bus tours that drive guests around the perimeter of the pan to good vantage points. http://www.kempinski.com/en/tsumeb/mokuti-lodge-etosha/welcome
MUSHARA LODGE – Etosha National Park
Four different styles of accommodation ranging from their two exclusive luxury villas to well-furnished tents on raised platforms and first-class options in between. The entire camp is close to the eastern gate of Etosha National Park. You’ll explore the park with knowledgeable guides in radio-equipped vehicles to insure the best possible sightings. One of the few family-run safari Lodges. http://www.mushara-lodge.com
TAMBUTI LODGE, Rhundu
When traveling from the Etosha Pans to Botswana the distance is great and a stop here is recommended. Nice little lodge that also will serve you a simple dinner. It is along the Kavango River which separates Namibia from Angola www.tambuti.com.na
EPUPA FALLS – northwest on the Kunene River -northern border of Namibia
Camps are situated on the Kunene River on Namibia's border with Angola. Rustic and unpretentious there are no phones, television, or internet. Nonetheless, you’ll sleep comfortably in small cottages (Omarunga) or tents (Epupa Lodge) and take meals in the adjacent central lodge. Nomadic tribes of Himba are in the area. An escorted excursion to a village reveals their ways and habits. Rafting on the river is an option. Plains game, reptiles and small vertebrates are found in the area but its beauty is its remoteness and tranquility and the Epupa Falls. The 900-meter airstrip is challenging due to possible cross winds, high surrounding terrain and cattle and pedestrians on the airstrip. http://www.epupa.com.na or http://www.namibian.org/travel/lodging/private/omaranga.htm
This long finger of land in northern Namibia extends east for nearly 300 miles and borders Angola, Botswana and Zambia. Germany, the former colonial power in Namibia, sought a contiguous trade route between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and won control of the land in negotiations with England in the late 1800’s. Germany lost its control of the entire area after World War I. The area is rich in wildlife and can provide good fishing in the Chobe and other rivers. Several modest lodges provide accommodation along its eastern end. The Caprivi Strip provides a convenient air route to the east towards Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Stops for Fuel and Customs and Immigration must be carefully planned.
ICHOBEZI RIVER LODGES – Eastern Caprivi Public airstrip
This area is where Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimabwe all come together.Your water-borne ticket to the Chobe National Park to view its multitude of animals from a quiet, close-in perch on a boat. Tiger fishing for the anglers. Excellent birding. Watch huge herds of elephant crossing the Chobe River. It’s a spectacular sight not seen elsewhere. Your choice to stay on a riverboat or in chalets on land, each with its own balcony overlooking the River – or both! One of the few remaining owner-run lodges.
SUSUWE LODGE - Caprivi Strip
Situated in north-eastern Namibia, Susuwe is on an island in the remote Kwando River - a permanent water source which nourishes delicate ecosystems and sustains varied game and birdlife. Susuwe Island Lodge is built to incorporate the riverine forest - the main complex has lofty canopy viewing decks overlooking endless savannahs, glistening lily-studded wetlands and ancient Kalahari woodlands, as well as a fire pit, spacious lounge and dining areas, curio shop and small reference library. Accommodation is in six spacious brick and thatch suites equipped with double bathroom, bedroom, lounge and wooden viewing deck each with private plunge pool. www.caprivicollection.com
LIANSHULU LODGE – Eastern Caprivi Private airstrip
Located on the banks of the Kwando River north of the Okavango Delta, Lianshulu Lodge is nestled underneath the shady jackelberry and Mangosteen trees.The lodge overlooks a lagoon. Each chalet has ensuite facilities and an outside deck. Wonderful area for birding. Activities include nature drives in 4x4 vehicles, guided morning walks, boat excursions and sunset cruises on the Kwando river. A visit to Lizauli Traditional Village is a great experience. www.caprivicollection.com