The Kwando River
Rivers of Namibia
Rising in the central Angolan highlands, and east of the Kunene River, is the Kwando River, which forms the boundary between Namibia, Angola and Zambia. After making its way through the Caprivi Strip, it flows along the border of Mudumu National Park, before disappearing into the Okavango River in one direction and breaking up into a labyrinth of channels, islands and oxbow lakes, to form the vast Linyanti Swamps in another. Quite a journey!
The river is the lifeblood of this region of the Caprivi, and the Kwando's waters nourishes the land. Elephants and hippo, spotted-necked otters and crocodiles all share and love these waters, and the rare red lechwe and sitatunga tread warily. Local fisherman skillfully pole their mokoros (dug-out canoes) as they cast their nets for tilapia; further along the river is the swirl of the fanged tiger fish and the ripples of turtles.
After spring rains in the Angolan highlands, the Kwando rises, sometimes by as much as 2m, and subsequently inundates the floodplains that surround the forests in Mudumu National Park. The new grass nurtures large herds of plains animals, most notably Burchell's zebra and impala. The Kwando's rapid rise also nourishes papyrus beds and marshland that act as fish nurseries, and serve superb wetland bird habitat. Roughly 430 bird species have been recorded in the region, including cranes, storks and the sacred ibis that forage in marshy ground. African jacana walk on floating vegetation on lily-covered pans, and frequently chase each other in short dashes, racing across lily beds on broad webbed feet.
Soak up the charm and excitement of the Kwando River with a stay at Lianshulu Lodge, set on the banks of the river, nestled beneath a canopy of shady jackalberry and mangosteen trees. Hire a boat at Mazambala Island Lodge to catch Tiger Fish, bream, nembwe, squeaker or barbel. Or if you fancy something a little more adventurous, then zip up your tent in Bumhill campsite to the sound of sloshing water, frogs croaking, hippo's chuckling and the occasional roar of a lion!
A rustic tented camp, built on raised decks overlooking the Chobe River and Chobe National Park.
On the Kwando River, perfectly situated to visit the Nkasa Rupara (Mamili) & Mudumu Reserves
Just outside the town of Katima Mulilo lies this small river front lodge. The accommodation is rustic, the food awesome and the situation idyllic - resulting in some of the best value for money accommodation in Namibia
Explore the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers on an adventurous houseboat holiday. Certainly one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways of exploring the waterways of this area
Overlooking the vast Chobe floodplain from its situation in the east Caprivi this lodge has a lot to offer visitors
One of the best lodges in this area has accommodation in both traditional land based units as well as on two houseboats.
Two luxurious houseboats operate from Impalila Island and offer the opportunity of overnighting on the river in the Chobe National Park
This is the only place in the world where four countries meet. A wonderful Chobe destination with eight luxury chalets.
A tented lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Offers both self catering facilities and restaurant meals. Excellent for fishing.
Traditionally one of the east Caprivi's most popular lodges
Situated on an island in the Kwando river around 4km from the trans-Caprivi highway
A popular and well appointed lodge near Kongola
A wonderful lodge in an extremely remote location, this is a must for anyone wanting to get of the beaten track and experience Namibia at her best. Offers game viewing in the Nkasa Rupara (formerly Mamili) National Park and boat trips on the Linyanti River.
situated on three small islands this is an ultra-luxurious Chobe destination, with four suites, each with plunge pool and private guiding
A small luxurious houseboat, offers awesome game viewing, bird watching & fishing experiences on the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers
in the Bwabwata National Park this is a perfect land and water camp with six luxury suites, each with private plunge pool
Close to the town of Katima Mulilo in the east Caprivi
A luxurious house boat on the Chobe River
In the far eastern Caprivi this lodge offers lots of water based activities on both the Chobe & Zambezi Rivers