Khaudum National Park, The Caprivi, Namibia

Xaudum Lodge was due to open in 2017 but has not yet opened and it is now uncertain that it will. Please speak to our Namibia specialists for alternatives.

At a Glance

  • Ground-breaking new lodge in Khaudum National Park

  • Offering a new level of luxury to this remote and seldom-visited region of Namibia

  • Spend time with the San bushmen, one of Africa's most ancient tribes

  • Challenging to access, but worthwhile for intrepid travellers who want to really get off the beaten track

  • Sister lodge to Sorris Sorris in southern Damaraland

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Namibia is a year-round destination, but the most popular months are between April and September, when daytime temperatures are between mid 20s and early 30s, with cold night time temperatures (it's not uncommon to find frost on the ground in June and July). October - March sees hotter temperatures, up to 40 degrees some days, and are the main months of rainfall.

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Xaudum is a new luxury lodge in a remote corner of north eastern Namibia, in Khaudum National Park. The area is one of the best places to spend time with the San bushmen, one of Africa's oldest tribes, offering a superb cultural aspect to your safari.

The Khaudum National Park is a remote and wild park in north eastern Namibia, on the border with Botswana and close to the start of the Caprivi strip. The park itself is unfenced and offers a good variety of wildlife species to seek out on game-drives, including elephant, lion and hyena as well as more than 300 species of bird. The terrain here is very arid, with sandy soil, rough roads, and dry forests with camelthorn and leadwood trees. The area around the park is also renowned for being one of the best areas in Namibia to meet and spend time with the San bushmen, a hunter-gatherer tribe, offering a fascinating cultural element to your Namibian adventure.

Xaudum is a new luxury lodge opening in spring 2017, perched on a prehistoric sand dune within the park, overlooking the Xaudum Omuramba. There are just nine luxurious rooms here, each with an open front and balcony overlooking the plains, and an en-suite bathroom to the side. Unique in their architectural design, using a mix of modern techniques and traditional thatching, they are designed to blend into the environment and withstand the heat.

Activities offered include game-drives with expert guides in the Khaudum National Park, time spent at the photographic hide (particularly wonderful when wildlife comes nearby to drink), cultural excursions to visit the San and some unforgettable star gazing.

Access isn't entirely straightforward to reach Xaudum, so a visit here is not for the faint hearted, but this is part of the appeal for a more intrepid visitor, experiencing a park and a part of the country seldom found on a traditional Namibia circuit. Self-drivers will need to park at a halfway point and be transferred the last stretch, a total journey that will take most of the day if travelling from eastern Etosha. Flying-in is also possible, to the town of Rundu, where you will be met and driven to the park.

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Location & directions

Khaudum National Park, The Caprivi, Namibia

Xaudum is located within the Khaudum National Park in north eastern Namibia, on the border with Botswana.

How to get there

Access to this area is challenging but ultimately rewarding. If travelling on a flying circuit, you can fly into Rundu and the camp will pick you up from here. If self-driving, you will need to leave your car at an agreed site and be met by a driver who will transfer you for the last section, due to the challenging off road conditions. If travelling by road from eastern Etosha, you can expect this journey to take most of the day.

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