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“Mágic place!” 4 of 5 stars
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Kunene River Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   on Kunene River, Ruacana, Namibia   |  
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Huesca, Spain
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Mágic place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

It is a magic place done with care and love. I recomend It to everybody!
Perhaps the only problem Was the access to the place that Was not very nice and that the restaurant Was close and as we arrived late and very tired we wanted to have diner there and It Was not possible

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Hillary M, Owner at Kunene River Lodge, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. As you know we are on gravel roads which are graded but of course travelling on these roads is slower than driving on tarred roads. Am so glad you did reach us and it was lolvely to meet you. Am sorry you did not arrive in time to have dinner but delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. With best wishes and maybe see you again and this time for dinner!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Saint Nicolas, Belgium
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177 reviews 177 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We just LOVED Kunene River Lodge. Perfect location, perfect management, so friendly owners, good restaurant, beautiful gardens, magical sundowner on the river with Florian, great rafting with Roan and Florian,....this is really a little paradise! My kids are still speaking of their great day rafting. I can not tell how much we enjoyed our stay here and how difficult it was to leave after 2 days....we wished we could stay a week! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillary M, Owner at Kunene River Lodge, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
We all appreciated your review and send you greetings from KRL. Florian said he also enjoyed the rafting with you and thanks for being a fun group.

With best wishes
The KRL Team
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Salzburg, Austria
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Very nice camp at the river, shady places, quiet and peaceful place.

Florian was a friendly and helpful guide, we liked the visit of the Himbas, the sunset cruise wals also very relaxing...

We would stay there again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Hillary M, Owner at Kunene River Lodge, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Thanks for your review and delighted you enjoyed camping with us at KRL. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in Namibia. Greetings from Florian and the rest of the team

Hillary
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Windhoek, Namibia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Perfectly positioned on the banks of the Kunene, with a well stocked bar, power and good meals. The English owners are a delight and their staff are friendly and committed. Quite a deviation from the standard Namibian itinerary but very much worth it. Spend an extra night or two.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillary M, Owner at Kunene River Lodge, responded to this review, August 15, 2013
Thanks for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope we get to see you here again sometime.

Many greetings from the KRL team
Hillary
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Durban, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed five nights here in a deluxe room in December and would recommend this lodge and its excellent management and staff to everyone. It would of course have been less memorable if the weather gods hadn't tried to drown us on the sunset cruise or if Florian hadn't taken such revolutionary lines on entering rapids that ensured a swim. The enthusiasm and knowledge of Peter on the birding excursions was fabulous.

We left with regret and look forward to returning to this oasis in a fantastic land.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillary M, Owner at Kunene River Lodge, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
You were great fun and we thoroughly enjoyed your visit. We will get Pete to update his meteorological skills and issue Florian with a GPS! So glad you enjoyed the birding, please come back for the Cave Chat sometime, they did find it again this week.
With best wishes
Hillary
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11 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Stayed two nights here on the campsite but had breakfast and dinner at the lodge. This is a great stop, well run with excellent management and staff. Took the visit to the Himba village and the sunset tour, both good value. The birdwatching along the river really good. All in all I would rate this camp/lodge ten out of ten.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillary M, Owner at Kunene River Lodge, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
I think this review is for Omarunga Lodge at Epupa Falls and not for Kunene River Lodge.
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Morpeth, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

stayed here for just one night on our way to skeleton coast. Amazing! Miles from anywhere and yet we found spacious comfortable rooms, air conditioning, cold beer, excellent food. There was even one of those rubber mats to stop you slipping over in the shower, I don't know where to buy one of those at home let alone in Namibia! We did the sundowner cruise up the river and briefly set foot in Angola, about as close as I ever want to get. Hilary is charming and helpful, if only we had listened to her advice about Fort Sesfontein, Peter with his long hair, bare feet and brooding machismo got on my nerves, but he was probably having a bad day.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillary M, Owner at Kunene River Lodge, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a review. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and apologies if you found Pete not in a good place. I promise you he has now had his hair cut, sometimes wears shoes and has been teased unmercifully about his' brooding machismo'. It was great to meet you and many greetings from a warm Namibia.
Hillary
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Address: on Kunene River, Ruacana, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Omusati Region > Ruacana
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Ruacana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kunene River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kunene River Lodge is an exceptional destination situated in remote north-west Namibia, overlooking Angola on the opposite river-bank. The Lodge boasts luxury accommodation, rustic chalets and riverside camp-sites, and offers a range of activities including white-water rafting, birding, sundowner and early morning birding cruises, hiking, fishing, challenging 4x4 routes or simply relaxing in the tranquil shaded surroundings of the Lodge itself. Established in 1997, Kunene River Lodge has earnt itself an enviable reputation as the foremost Namibian White-Water Rafting Centre. KRL is a Birding Hotspot with several endemics, most notable is the Angolan Cave Chat located late in 2012 in the Zebra mountains 40kms away.Kunene River Lodge is proud to work closely with the Kunene Conservancy in developing and promoting this precious area of Namibia. ... more   less 
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