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“Nice place in the Caprivi Strip, but you must take the boot cruise in the afternoon.”

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Mazambala Island Lodge
Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

The boot trip on the Kwando river beats the famous trip on the Chobe river (Kasane) easily. On our visit, there was only one boot with 6 guests and a very good guide. The river is small and with a lot of curves, with animals everywhere. We saw from very close hippos, more than 80 elephants, letchwes, crocs and many different birds. Amazing were the carmine bee eaters which have a very bright red colour in the sunset. They have nests in the riverbank. The boot has a filled cooler and I enjoyed my cold beer on this triple A rated trip.

The lodge is nice with a viewing deck and bar/diner room. The food was okay but not super.

Every room is a separate rondavel but with a lot of green bugs every where.

There is a small pool but with limited chairs. The island is very small so for us a one night stay was sufficient. The staff is very friendly.

The boot trip will make us return again.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Hooglanderveen
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

This place is in the middle of nowhere, at least no cities but great wildlife, nature and staff. The campsite is lovely based just near the river (strange noices of all kind of animals in the night) and by boat you can go to the lodge. We enjoyed the boat tour and the game drive and had dinner twice. The activities are great value for money (don't forget to bring cash) and you are very close to all the animals,even much more in their natural habitat than it feels in Etosha. Go here and do the activities! Staff is friendly!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank TasmanianTravel
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

While our friends stayed at the lodge, and thoroughly enjoyed it, we camped. Lovely campsite overlooking the river. Good ablutions with hot water. Wood brought over for us by the camp manager, who even started the fire for us.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank lolaCape
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

The lodge is very nice, on an island and is accessible only by boat. Very well done, there is a viewing platform and big open fire place in the middle of the village. Boat trip was wonderful. There is this thing that the owner, Andre, very polite and caring, is always around and you feel watched at all times, which is a bit spooky. Rooms are a bit dark and sheets old. As a whole it feels a bit ghostly.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank tuareg_001
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Beautiful lodge with comfortable room, which had a flexible set of blinds to capitalise on airflow and light. The food was well presented and tasty and service was attentive. The one drawback was that we had to pay our bill in cash - on an island, no banks or shops for miles and no access to ready money - very, very inconvenient.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Sharan K
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We loved this place! Accommodation is basic - but clean and perfectly sufficient. You won't spend any time in your room anyway. There's a fabulous lookout platform about 50ms above the ground where you can relax with drinks and it gives you a panoramic view of the bush with no civilisation in sight. Very relaxed, friendly staff, that made you feel part of the team. There were only two other people staying there when we went and we all did a game drive which began on a boat! The boat took us down the river (we were chased by a pod of hippos that added to the excitement). Then we pulled up on a bank and our guide went to dig the land rover out from behind a bush! There were no proper roads or track and we just bumped along in pretty remote bush. We saw a huge monitor lizard, loads of monkeys and birds, but the highlight was the elephants. We went to a sandy river bank, got out of the truck and drank beer while we watched herds of elephants take it in turns to file down to the water and play in the river at sunset. We got really close to them too. It was truly magical and felt so much more remote and wild than the more populated game reserves. Food was great and the whole experience was really memorable - and very reasonably priced too

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank joareeves
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

A lovely boat ride from the car park to an Island Lodge that has definitely seen better days. The traditional bungalows are a bit basic and not very clean. The cheap mattresses on the beds have no covers so just a thin sheet on them and we just couldn't face using the shower. The swimming pool full of debris with a few dirty & elderly chairs around.The evening meal was of a reasonable standard and the Staff were pleasant. There was no internet or Wifi. One night was enough.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank oscar0734
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Address: Ngweze, Katima Mulilo, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Caprivi Region > Katima Mulilo
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Ranked #9 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Katima Mulilo
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mazambala Island Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15

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