Susuwe Island Lodge
The Caprivi, Namibia
At a Glance
Fishing on the Kwando River, including the chance to catch the silver Tigerfish
Guided walks and sunset cruises
Outstanding birding on the floodplains, the chance to see the rare Racket-tailed Roller
4x4 Game drives in the Bwabwata National Park
Spend some time in the viewing deck, built into the forest canopy - there is magnificent bird watching with many rare and endemic bird species in the area
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Summer is the best time to visit the Caprivi Strip for bird watching, but visitors should be forewarned that the heat and humidity can be unbearable unless they are at least partially alleviated by rain. Winter (April to October) are the best time to travel for game viewing as it is much cooler and drier, with virtually no rain falling at this time.
To start planning your holiday to Susuwe Island Lodge
Susuwe Island Lodge is a private and comfortable lodge overlooking endless savannahs, glistening lily-studded wetlands and ancient Kalahari woodlands. With only six suites, overlooking the Kwando River, the lodge offers an intimate hideaway.
The lodge is located on an island in the remote Kwando River in the Caprivi area of northeast Namibia. Built to incorporate the surrounding riverine forest, the lodge offers guests the opportunity to get really close to the local flora and fauna. Lofty canopy viewing decks provide a unique perspective across the ancient Kalahari woodlands, the lily-studded wetlands and the endless savannah.
There are six spacious and luxurious brick-and-thatch suites. The cuisine on offer is excellent and guests can enjoy dining in a variety of romantic settings: under the baobab canopy, on a secluded island, by moonlight on a sandbank or by candlelight on the deck.
Activities include exploring the Bwabwata National Park in open 4x4 vehicles providing guests with wonderful game sightings like vast herds of roaming elephant and buffalo, lion, hippo, leopard sightings, sable antelope, roan antelope, lechwe, puku, the shy sitatunga as well as wild dogs at times. A popular outing is to spend the evening at Horseshoe Bend where in the dry season, elephants by their hundreds come down to drink. The Lodge offers visitor sedate morning or evening cruises in the slow, meandering Kwando river, during which time guests can view game and delight in bird watching within the Bwabwata National Park.
Accommodation is in six luxury suites, each with a wooden viewing platform and private plunge pool with fabulous views of the Kwando river. All the rooms have luxurious en-suite facilities with both a bath and shower. The room is complete with spacious four poster bed and a mosquito net.
At Susuwe Island Lodge, there is a minimum age of 12 years and only children over this age are welcomed in the camp. As the camp is unfenced it is kindly requested that parents keep a close eye on their children so that they do not come into any sort of trouble.
At the lodge, there are lofty canopy viewing decks set amongst tall riverine trees which overlook endless savannahs and glistening lily-studded wetlands. A firepit is embraced by a spacious lounge area and eclectic African art. All the rooms have a private plunge pool which are a great way to refresh during the day from the warm african sun.
During your stay you can partake in game drives, river cruises, bush walks and fishing. Your days can be filled with adventure. If you are seeking something a bit more special, why not arrange for a scenic flight over the river and surrounding areas? Alternatively, you can opt for the more relaxing option and just enjoy being in the camp and soaking up the great scenery around you with a good book at hand.
The worlds best secret islands
For a river island paradise: Susuwe Island, Namibia
The geological diversity of Namibia is extraordinary from extreme desert in the south to lush, river-filled jungle in the north. Right at the top, sandwiched between Botswana, Zambia and Angola, is a thin panhandle-shaped piece of land called the Caprivi Strip. Here, you find a wild, green landscape criss-crossed by rivers, many so wide that they have islands in the middle of them. One such island, in the remote Kwando River, is home to a gloriously luxurious, but low-impact, six-suite lodge. Like a giant treehouse, Susuwe Island Lodge ( islandsinafrica.com ) has been built around the huge trunks and branches of its ancient Kalahari woodland.
Location & directions
The Caprivi, Namibia
Situated in the Bwabwata National Park on the Kwando River in northeastern Namibia. Susuwe Island Lodge is surrounded by riverine forest, as well as savannahs, wetlands and Kalahari woodlands.
How to get there
Charter to Immelman air strip. Guests will be transferred from the landing strip to Susuwe Island Lodge in open 4x4 vehicle, the transfer is approximately 30 minutes through the National Park.
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