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The Kavango People

an overview of Namibia's population

The Kavango River in north eastern Namibia forms part of the border between Namibia and Angola and also serves as the focal point of the Kavango people. The major center in this region is the town of Rundu. There are about 140 000 Kavango people in Namibia, and they can be broken into five groups, Mbukushu, Sambiyu, Kwangari, Mbunza and Geiriku.

The traditional home of the Kavango people is the Kavango Region in north eastern Namibia. Traditionally Kavangos make their living from fishing, cattle, and the farming of sorghum, millet and maize. The Kavangos are closely related to the Owambo people and both are thought to have originated in east Africa.

Each tribe is headed by a traditional chief, who is assisted by headmen. The chief has power over his entire tribe and is responsible for the allocation of land. Although the Kavango chiefs are always male, the system is mostly matrilineal.

The Kavango region is well known for its wood carvers, and the Kavango are responsible for the majority of wood carvings you will find in Namibia.

The people and population of Namibia

  • Kavango: Bath Time
  • Kavango: Dinner
  • Kavango: Fishing Baskets And Pots
  • Kavango: Pounding Maize
  • Kavango: Transport
  • Kavango: Use Your Head
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Divava Okavango Lodge

An upmarket lodge and spa on the banks of the Kavango River. The only traditional luxury lodge on this stretch of river

Hakusembe River Lodge

A well run lodge offering good facilities situated close to the town of Rundu

Kaisosi River Lodge

A few kilometers east of Rundu a nice functional lodge that more than adequately serves as an overnight stop while travelling through the Kavango and Zambezi region. The rooms, bar and restaurant area offer lovely views of the Kavango River.

Kavango River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the river (hence the name) in Rundu

Mahangu Safari Lodge

Situated close to the Mahangu Park in west Caprivi - this is an excellent stop-over between Namibia, Maun (in Botswana) and the Victoria Falls

Ngepi Camp

A rustic river side campsite and lodge offering excellent value for money. A lively bar and restaurant ensures this appeals to the younger or more socially inclined traveller

Nunda Lodge

Close to Popa Falls and the Mahango Reserve this lodge offers stunning river views

Ndhovu Lodge

Refreshingly, and surprisingly for the area, this lodge does not have the word 'River' as part of its name. Do not be misled it is situated on the banks of the river opposite the Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park)

Popa Falls Rest Camp

Close to the Popa Falls (a series of rapids on the Kavango River), this rest camp was renovated in 2013

Rainbow River Lodge

on the Kavango River banks this lodge offers plenty of water based activities

RiverDance Lodge

Near the village of Divundu, this small but wonderfully managed lodge is a perennial favourite of ours. Lovely wooden chalets, with large decks overlook the river. Those wanting to experience the river can choose from fishing and sunset river cruises

Sarasungu River Lodge

On a beautiful plot of indigenous plants and trees overlooking the river

Shamvura Camp

One of the best lodges for birders visiting Namibia - but also great for fishing, chilling or generally becoming part of the family (the family consists of a host of creatures including goats, otters and guinefowls all lovingly adopted by the owners)

Taranga Safari Lodge

A small lodge a short distance west of Rundu. The rooms have river views and guests can choose from a range of activities

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