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“A fabulous location on Kavango River , Namibia with great service and variety of accommodation and great views”
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Nunda River Lodge
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Knysna, South Africa
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“A fabulous location on Kavango River , Namibia with great service and variety of accommodation and great views”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely 3 day stay in a lodge on banks of River with hippos close by. Good food, wine, great service from Owner managed lodge and camping sites superb. Lovely sunset cruises to Epupa Falls and fab. swimming pool area and patios .

  • Stayed June 2014
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Cameron W, Owner at Nunda River Lodge, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Dear Terry & Liz, very nice hearing from you. I trust you had a safe journey back home. Thank you for staying with us and it was a pleasure and an honour to have hosted you. I really enjoyed your company and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, hopefully it will not be the last time we see you up in our area.

Thank you for posting the review, it is really appreciated.

Until next time, take care and happy travels.

Cameron & the Nunda Team
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

First time to Africa/Namibia for our family and I can honestly say staying at Nunda was definitely a highlight of our trip. We stayed 4 nights and were initially greeted by Cameron and Jeanie who made us all feel very welcome and at home. Our rooms were refreshingly comfortable, clean, and provided us with a wonderful view of the river and hippos. You'd be hard pressed to find a seat in the lodge that doesn't also provide a beautiful view of the river as well. And then there's the food their seasoned chefs prepare - wow, wow, and wow! Also do yourself a favor and enjoy the Hippo Cruise they offer - the guide is very knowledgeable about the area and the end of the cruise will delight you with a beautiful sunset. Thank you Cameron, Jeanie, and staff for memories our family will never forget - K. Murray

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Cameron W, Owner at Nunda River Lodge, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Dear Keith, a really wonderful review and I am extremely pleased that we contributed to your first African safari. We trust that the rest of your trip was as enjoyable and that you will be contemplating a return visit in the not to distant future.

Reviews like yours are appreciated as we are not always aware if we are achieving what we set out to accomplish, you have just nailed it. Thank you.

Wish you many happy travels.
Cameron & the Nunda Team
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Wallington, Surrey
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We spent two nights here and were welcomed once we arrived by one of the owners. That was a good start - the public areas are gorgeous - take a look at some of the photos.

We particularly enjoyed the boat trip at sunset. It was serene and the Popa Falls nearby were full, with lots of friendly hippos to view. Our room overlooked the river and we were able to hear the hippos and sometimes see them quite well. Take a torch with you, as it is quite a walk in the dark to and from the restaurant and sitting areas.

The time change from the rest of Namibia is +1 hour, so it was very welcome that dinner was served from 6 pm. To us it felt like 7 pm and we had had a very long car journey to get there and we enjoyed the evening meal very much. We went to a local village with a guide. This was really worthwhile and gave us a real insight into how real Africans live. It made us realise just how big a gap there is between first world and third world Africa: an experience not to be missed. The family we visited gets paid a reasonable amount and it feels like you are helping in some way.

The accommodation was not as luxurious as some of the other lodges that we stayed at, but it was clean and comfortable. Coming from a busy metropolis, we felt a bit uncomfortable about not having locks on our doors at night. It has a perimeter fence, with a guard on the gate, but with security being important for Westerners, it made us feel vulnerable. After all, this is a new area to us and we knew absolutely nobody. There was a safe in the room, but it really was personal safety that I was concerned with and knickknacks that might have been lying around in the room.

I must just mention the housekeeping staff - we saw them cleaning another chalet and what a great job they do. I was so impressed by them. We also moved the bedding under our beds and they left it there, just where we wanted. When you are hot and tired, it's really nice not to have to bother re-arranging the furnishings! Great service.

Room Tip: Take torches with you and make sure you take a boat trip. Plenty of Bens insecticide will be needed...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cameron W, Owner at Nunda River Lodge, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Dear Vicky
Thank you so much for submitting a review, we really appreciate the effort. We are also very pleased that you had a great stay with us and hope we will see you again sometime. Just to add to your comments, we are currently upgrading our pathway lights so it will no longer be necessary to carry a torch around with you. We find that the existing LED lights (energy saving lights) just don't work that well, so we are changing all the lighting along the pathways. As for locks and personal safety, we fully appreciate your concerns and I would most likely feel the same way had I opted to live in a city, theft, burglaries, hold-ups, muggings, car jackings etc they all just terrify me, coming from the bush! At least hippos can't open doors! There are, however, latches on all the doors, though you might not have seen them.
Be that as it may, you have had your taste of Africa and I hope it's Soul has permeated your body. I trust the smells, the birds, its animals, the night sounds, it's warm people and open spaces may draw you back once again.
Until next time, take care and happy travels.
Cameron & the Nunda Team
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We spent 2 nights in the campsite and loved it because it felt like posh camping with the lodge so close by and welcoming. We spent one night in campsite 6, which is right next to the river, then moved to campsite 2 purely because it got the sun a little earlier in the morning and we wanted our tent to dry so we could drive on to our next destination. It was also nearer the ablutions block, but for the views I would have preferred to stay in campsite 6. Hearing the hippos at night so close to the tent was brilliant!
On arriving, the owner, Cameron, was so friendly, as was the girl on reception. We immediately booked a sunset river cruise and braii dinner in the lodge for that night. Both were excellent value for money, and meant all we had to do was get in our tents to sleep. The next night we cooked for ourselves, but we still enjoyed sunset drinks in the lodge, which is nicely designed with lots of comfy chairs overlooking the river and a good selection of books to flick through.
The facilities for camping were first rate... We had a tap in our site as well as a braii area, the ablutions block was pretty, and kept spotless, and the showers I had were piping hot.
We went on a guided game drive one afternoon to mahango national park even though we had normally been self-driving through the parks. We decided to pay the lodge for the guided trip as again it was very good value for money, and indeed our driver, Timo, was a well-informed friendly guy with a few interesting stories to tell.
All in all, this campsite was a real treat, I was sorry to leave and having now completed the trip I can say that no campsite on our 3 week trip through Namibia and Botswana lived up to Nunda River Lodge.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cameron W, Owner at Nunda River Lodge, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Dear Snowy
What a glowing report and fantastic review. Thank you so much for your effort and taking the time to submit it. It gladdens our hearts when we receive such positive feedback and more so, that you enjoyed your stay with us. Nobody can ever achieve 100% but we do strive to ensure that our guests enjoy their stay with us. I am sure you took some memories back with you and they will encourage you to consider a return visit to our part of the world. Namibia, in particular, must rate as one of the most awesome countries in Africa and we have a lot to offer. Wishing you many happy travels and see you in the not-to-distant future.
Take Care
Cameron & the Nunda Team
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed for a night here before entering Botswana, then returned for a night a couple of nights later.

We had a waterfront room (was it 24 or 28?) with lovely views across the river to the hippos.
The room was quite comfortable, and we had no problems with it or the local insect population. I'd strongly suggest having a river-front room.

The lodge area with the bar and restaurant is on decking above the river - very pleasant to just sit and watch the world go by whilst enjoying an evening drink. They offer a boat cruise and this was very enjoyable too.

We were greeted by a lady whose name I think was Jean and she did a fantastic job of making us welcome and at home with the facilities. The lodge has nice gardens and a pool.

The food was good and there was some flexibility in the menu - my wife had gone off Kudu steak and I'm sure they came up with an alternative.

We visited the nearby Mahango reserve a couple of times. Its not very big but we saw elephants and various other animals - very pleasant. You drive through Mahango down a dirt road to get to the Botswana border. Crossing there takes some time as the staff are very pleasant and bored by the low level of traffic (we were the 10th car at 2pm on the way back) - so they like to chat.

Room Tip: Ask for a river-facing room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cameron W, Owner at Nunda River Lodge, responded to this review, 7 May 2014
Dear Colin, Thank you very much for a great review and for taking the time post it. Most folk don't do this and then we are uncertain whether we are doing the right thing or not. I am extremely pleased you had a great time with us and hopefully you'll return to our wonderful country, and maybe enjoy our Namibian hospitality once again. Until next time, take care and happy travels.
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Windhoek, Namibia
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

If you want to have your ultimate relax moment, this is the place to be. The view over the river is fantastic. The staff is very friendly. The atmosphere is good As well as the food. The rooms are good but not very spacious. But you Will not speent much time there with such a great nature life around.

Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Cameron W, Owner at Nunda River Lodge, responded to this review, 4 April 2014
Dear Willem
Thank you for your very positive review and for taking the time out to write one. A review coming from one of our own countryman is praise indeed and we certainly hope you will return once again to enjoy our warm traditional Namibian hospitality.

Until then, happy travels.

Cameron & the Nunda team
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The moment we arrived we had such a personal and warm greeting that it seemed a dream .
Throughout our stay the owner (Cameron ) and his Staff were so attentive and helpful and we felt so welcome . It is a beautiful lodge and the riverside setting is in an ideal location. We camped here on the banks of the river for 3 nights with the sound of Hippo's when you go to bed at night and when you wake up the next morning is something to always remember and will always bring a smile to your face. The river trip at sunset is also a great experience with more Hippo, Croc's and a great variety of Birds.
An experience not to be missed. PERFECT in fact

Room Tip: We stayed in a camping area on the banks of the Okavango with the sound of Hippo all around. Obviou...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cameron W, Manager at Nunda River Lodge, responded to this review, 27 March 2014
This review really makes me wake up and realise that we are living in a small paradise. You make me get up out of my office and look outside once again to appreciate what we have. A big thank you for taking the effort to submit a review and a review like this really makes us want to do just that bit extra with all our guests.

here's wish you many happy travels and in particular, another visit to Namibia.

Cam & the Nunda Team
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Property: Nunda River Lodge
Address: | Kavango East Region, Divundu 5271, Namibia (Formerly Nunda Safari Lodge)
Region: Namibia > Kavango Region > Divundu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Divundu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Nunda River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 18

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