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“Place for rest!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kaisosi River Lodge

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Kaisosi River Lodge
Ranked #6 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Rundu
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Place for rest!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

Kaisosi is advertised as a peaceful setting and place to rest and we totally agree. We spent 3 nights enjoying the river setting overlooking Angola and thoroughly enjoyed it. Restaurant meals were very good, as was breakfast. Chris and his staff were attentive, helpful, and friendly, even though 2 of them were 'trainees' so we think they will be an asset to the business in the future. Rooms are spacious and well appointed with all that you need. This is certainly a place that we will return to.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shirley T
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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MN
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

We were on our way to Etosha and our guide, Pierre Duval from BushBaby Safaris, had booked us here. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the view of Angola across the river was interesting particularly as people fished for dinner and waved and called to us. But, there was just nothing very interesting or special. The food was quite ordinary and at times I felt the servers were doing me a huge favor by taking our orders or bringing our food or wine. The good things to say....the peacock was interesting if a bit noisy (but quiet at night) and my notes remind me that this was the best shower of the trip - not a bad thing for a 3 week trip in southern Africa in November!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

Rundu is one of the less prepossessing towns in Namibia, to put it kindly, and the same descriptor goes for Kaisosi, too.
Overnighted there last week, having spent time at four other lodges (out of many possibilities) along the Strip, and our group was unanimous in voting it underwhelming. It's clean and comfortable, but lacks charm or character, unique touches, and remains in a '70s motel time warp.
Good points: we enjoyed a sunset cruise up and down the Okavango at a good price, the bar looked organised and well stocked, and can't comment on the food as we self-catered in the camping area. Breakfast was acceptable. Not so good points: no shower (hand-held in the bath only); noisy water pumps nearby that sully the surrounds and which only turned off at 7pm or so; and positively the nastiest bed linen ever encountered; cheap, scratchy and simply unacceptable.
Conclusion: You are spoiled for choice in the area - choose wisely! It's probably better to put as much distance as you can from Rundu, too.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BrendaNeall
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

Stayed here in Mid March. Arrived after a 450Km trek from Etosha. The lodge was easy to find from the main highway. If instead you choose to come through Rundu town, be prepared for around 8 km of some serious and uncomfortable washboard gravel. However you are rewarded by some fine views of the township and African lifestyle. The road into the lodge from this road was OK at this time, but river rising. Reception was efficient with a quenching drink, then off to our room after a tour of the facilities. Room was upstairs and was very spacious, sufficient luggage room, slightly ageing bathroom, and a good supply of tea/coffee. Balcony was spacious with table and chair with great view of the river.
The restaurant, lounge and bar area were integral, and there was a deck adjoining the river and swimming pool. The ambiance was one of calmness and relaxation and the river was flowing steadily and on the rise.
There was a fine selection of food and drinks in the restaurant for both the evening meal and breakfast -both a la carte and waitress service. Wireless internet available. No computer for public use.
The sunset river trip from the deck was good value at 160$NAB which included a couple of drinks. It lasted just over an hour and afforded fantastic sunset views of life on both the Angolan and Namibian sides. Families swimming, washing, etc, and many birds and some animals.
It was a peaceful and restful stay.

Room Tip: Riverside rooms had good views.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bracknellwanderer
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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418 reviews
133 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

Friendly reception, good location. Rooms are basic but ok. Make sure you have no upstairs neighbors because the rooms are noisy. Or try and get a room on the first floor.
Wifi in the reception area available. The view into Angola on the other side of the river is enchanting, especially at night with the frogs' concertos.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Stalex24
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London, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2011

As we were driving through Rundu and a rather scruffy township we wondered what we were going to find (the road was just sand but easily accessable by normal car) we arrived at the gate and were immediately less concerned as it looked very welcoming, the staff were great and really helpful, the rooms were clean and comfortable and had a lovely view of the river which was the only thing between us and Angola which was interesting, the restaurant had a good menu choice, nice swimming pool, it was a very relaxing place.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sonyaclairelewis
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

Camped here. Excellent site with own ablution block. Had a meal at the restaurant which was very good. Lovely setting on the river.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ann G
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Additional Information about Kaisosi River Lodge

Property: Kaisosi River Lodge
Address: P.O. Box 599, Rundu, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Kavango Region > Rundu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Rundu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kaisosi River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kaisosi River Lodge is situated 7 km’s East of Rundu, in the North East of Namibia on the banks of the perennial Okavango River.We offer you complete relaxation and a true African experience. This peaceful oasis, which can be reached in a normal sedan vehicle, is an ideal place for nature lovers and bird watchers.Spectacular sunsets, friendly people, comfortable accommodation and fine cuisine make the Kaisosi River Lodge a must for all travellers. Great spots for fishing and birds watching are available along the river. Magnificent river cruises on the river border between Namibia and Angola can be arranged. ... more   less 

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