Nestled on the banks of the Kwando river (Eastern Caprivi, Namibia),
Camp Kwando invites you to come and explore the hidden treasures
of an untamed land. Camp Kwando offers the ultimate African bush
accommodation along the lush banks of the Kwando River.
You will be welcomed at Camp Kwando, where you can then relax after
a long days drive. Capture the spirit of the African bush while
sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experience
the thrill of the tiger fish and the hauntingly beautiful call of
the African fish eagle.
At Kongola (400km east of Rundu, 100km west of Katima Mulilo), on the
Caprivi Highway (B8)), turn south onto C49. Head south for 26km, at the
“Camp Kwando” signpost turn right, we are 3km down the road.
By plane: The Camp’s airstrip is that of Namushasha, only 10 minutes
away. Airstrip coordinates: S17 59’ - E023 17’, Elevation
You will be greeted there when reaching the lodge. Next to the telephone
available to our clients, a curio shop offering locally made artecraft.
The island accommodates eight thatched tents, each one with two beds.
Every bed is equipped with a mosquito net. Built on poles with a terrace
overlooking the river, these bungalows will allow you to do some fishing
from the deck…
The thatched roofs guarantee a good thermal regulation, that is, not
too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter. Every tent has an
en suite bathroom with shower, a toilet and a basin with hot and cold
water. These are open sky bathrooms that will allow you to enjoy the surrounding
Furthermore there are 3 large Bungalows that are built on poles and on
higher ground; made of wood canvas and thatched roofs. They are conveniently
placed in the middle of the trees, allowing for an incredible view on
the Botswana plains. Each Bungalow has a large bedroom, stylish furnished,
a large en-suite bathroom as well as a terrace.
Electricity is provided at key time by a generator. Bathrooms are lit
by way of paraffin lights.
Situated between the main building and the island. Its surface is covered
by trees which provide shade during the hotter hours of the day. It allows
for about ten camping spots on a carefully maintained lawn. The facilities
provide with showers, toilets and basins, as well as places to do your
laundry. Hot and cold water is provided.
Three larger bungalows are also available on higher ground, built on high
poles, made of wood and canvas, along with thatched roofs.
Conveniently placed in the middle of the trees, they allow for an incredible
view on the Botswana plains.
Each bungalow has a large bedroom, stylishly furnished; a large en-suite
bathroom as well as an expanding terrace.
When the excitement of the bush wanes, between game drives and swamp boat
trips, our swimming pool is there for you, close to the tents and the
island, filtered and cleaned to the standards you may expect. Around it,
you will relax in the shady area, where long chairs are conveniently placed
on the grass garden.
Restaurant and Bars
The restaurant and bar are open for all guests staying there. The dining
room opens to the River offering wonderful views of the hippos and crocodiles
This welcoming place is open to the clients of the lodge as well as of
the camp site. You can enjoy a chat at the bar, or use the tables around
to play cards or finish some pending work...
Our roomy dining room, open on its riverside flank, can accommodate up
to a party of thirty, from where you can keep an eye on the passing fauna
of crocodiles and hippos while enjoying lunch or dinner.
Our chef and his staff will do everything possible to accommodate our
guests and shall be serving lunch and dinner with a set menu as well as
a large breakfast buffet.
A small curio shop has been opened in front of the reception area for
your convenience. There, you shall find a vast display of locally crafted
articles from the Caprivi region, books covering a variety of topics related
to the African fauna and flora. There is a choice of shirts and caps which
carry the Camp Kwando logo as well as a variety of other articles which
may come useful to the traveler, such as toiletries, films and batteries.
The shop is open in the morning, as well as in the late afternoon.
Activities from Kwando Camp
Our lodge has its own flat bottom aluminum boat that can take up to fourteen
persons for trips on the Kwando river. Our boat also has a canvas roof
to protect you from the sun. We also run a smaller boat for smaller parties
or fishing trips. As for the game drives, the boats leave early morning
or late in the afternoon, to make the best possible use of light for your
pictures, and the time of highest wildlife activity.
Our specially equipped ten seater Land Rover will allow comfortable drives
in the neighbouring parks, under the protection of its canvas roof. “On
request” game drives leave early in the morning and late afternoon,
usually to Mudumu Game Park, and include a relaxing break where drinks
and snacks shall be served.
On request, we can organise a trip of two or more days to the Caprivi
Game Park (fifty kilometres to the north) or to the Mamili Game Park (sixty
kilometres to the south). These expeditions require two vehicles and nights
are spent camping in the bush.
At Mamili Game Park, chances are you won’t be coming into other
vehicles, as it is wild and remote. Our priority is for you to encounter
Just next door to Camp Kwando is the village where most of our staff comes
from. The villagers have created a Traditional Village where they will
present you various fishing and hunting techniques, as well as their traditions
on their every day life. Most of it has been protected for the last centuries.
During this visit, the Medicine Man of the village will show you how different
dances were used against various illnesses or to cure other problems !
We also organise visits to the two local schools bordering the lodge.
Our main impetus is on the quality of teaching, and that it be maintained
at an adequate level. Thus our concern that all the money you pay for
these visits is re-injected in schooling material. This project is monitored
by us, and we track all donations.
Fishing tackle will allow a party of four on request to go fishing on
the Kwando river. Several species shall suit your palate and our Chef
shall be delighted to prepare the catch of the day. For the more adventurous
angler, the Tiger Fish, which trophies weighing up to eight pounds, have
been caught in our waters, no doubt a challenging catch.
During high season (may to november) we operate an aircraft at the lodge
in order to allow our clients to visit the area from the sky. You can
book scenic flights of twenty or forty minutes or even more. As well,
we can operate transfer flights to the various local airports (Katima
Mulilo, Livingstone, Maun or Kasane).
Our Cessna 206 can comfortably take up to five passengers and is operated
by our professional pilot. The rates are available on request.
Trips to Mamili
The Camp's proximity to the Mamili National Park, famous for its wilderness,
allows us to organise field trips in order for you to get a taste of the
real bush life. Three days excursions in the Park will allow you to travel
back in time and experience a truly exceptional adventure. Two vehicles
and the appropriate staff will allow parties of up to six guests to travel
to the Park.
On the first morning, upon reaching the camp site, you will enjoy a first
game drive and come back in time for lunch. Though rather basic, the camp
will have such amenities as a shower as well as movable toilets. Following
a rest during the warmest hours of the day, in the shade of large trees
at campsite, off you go to another game drive followed by a solid dinner
and a comfortable night is spacious tents which will have been installed
More game drives and the usual camp activities on the second day, night
camping in the bush and an early game drive on the third day followed
by lunch and a final two hours drive home to the lodge.
Day Trips to Victoria Falls
Having our own plane at the lodge, we are able to offer day trips Victoria
Falls (locally known as "Vic Falls"). Should you not feel comfortable
with the idea of a long and rather tedious trip by land, along with a
border crossing which may add on to a hazardous journey, our Cessna 206
will carry you there with ease in a flight of no more than 90 minutes.
The flight for four passengers will take you to Livingstone in Zambia,
where a car shall bring you to the Falls, much wilder on the Zambian side
than on the Zimbabwean side.
A luncheon shall be served, followed if requested by a couple of relaxing
hours at the pool of one of the Livingstone hotels. Your driver will drop
you at the airport later in the afternoon for a fascinating flight home
How to get to Kwando Camp:
Driving on the Trans Caprivi between Rundu and Victoria Falls, you will
cross the village of Kongola (four hundred kilometer east of Rundu and
one hundred kilometer west of Katima Mulilo) , where you are going to
turn towards the South. Twenty five kilometres further down, you will
find a signpost marked “Camp Kwando” where you will turn right
for another three kilometers. You have arrived to destination !
The camp's airstrip is that of Namushasha, only ten minutes away from
Coordinates are S 17° 59' - E 023° 17', elevation is 3180 feet.
The runway is more than 1100 meters long.
Orientation is 11/29 and please note that due to obstacles, there is one
single approach pattern (runway 11) and one for departure (runway 29).
For transportation, call the lodge on 124.80, and should there be no
answer, fly over the lodge on the river side. (S 18° 02' E 023°
Kwando Camp enquiries and reservations: email@example.com