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River Dance is a secluded hideaway on the banks of the Namibian Kavango River, to relax and explore the far north-east of Namibia.

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Along Namibia’s Caprivi Strip or “Zambezi Region” as it is know known, River Dance is perched on the banks of the Kavango River around 30km west of the town of Divundu.

The Kavango is one of Africa’s most iconic and precious rivers. It starts life in deep in the Angolan Highlands, where it is known as by the Portuguese name Rio Cubango, before skirting the border between Angola and Namibia. It then crosses the latter country and drops into Botswana where, with no outlet to the ocean it discharges and creates the wondrous Okavango Delta, or the Okavango Alluvial Fan to give it it’s accurate name.

To have the privilege of the experience and the presence of spending time at this life giving river is something very special and all of RiverDance’s five cabins are built into the lush riverine forest with views towards the river and to Angola on the far bank.

The swiss owners Pascale and Chris are just as passionate about the area and the communities that thrive in this environment. They built the lodge in 2010 with a strong focus on links to the local people and on a sensitivity to the environment. While you are staying at RiverDance head out on game drives into the nearby Mahango or Bwabwata National Parks, take a cruise on the river, enjoy a nature walk or a visit to the local village.

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The camp

RiverDance has just five cabins, which gives it an intimate, personal and homely feel. There are built atop stilts in the forest, giving them a tree house feel and although each is slightly different, they all share similar facilities. The rooms are a construction of wood and glass with a centrepiece king-sized bed covered with a mosquito net canopy. Expect mornings to be characterised by mist floating over the riverbanks and local bird species singing on the outdoor deck.

The cabins are organised over a couple of levels with a main wooden cabin as the bedroom and then the bathroom is accessed in a separate cabin down a step or two on lower deck. As well as shower, the bathrooms have a large free-standing bath to enjoy a soak while you watch the Kavango River rumble by.  There is also a private viewing deck for each cabin with the best views and complete with a table and chairs from which to enjoy them.

There is a family chalet available, which has two bedrooms and can accommodate families or friend groups of up to four people.

The cosy main area is similar in style to the rooms, in that it is also built on stilts and organised across a number of levels. There is a central dining area, a viewing deck, a comfortable lounge, a fire-pit and even a small swimming pool. Massages are available as well as yoga sessions for those interested.

 

Facilities

A lounge and bar for relaxing in the evenings, a shaded swimming pool for cooling off in the afternoons and a curio shop with lots of unique items.

Dining

A riverside restaurant with an outdoor deck and indoor area, ingredients are sourced either from the RiverDance Lodge garden or the local community.

Why Wayfairer

At Wayfairer, we support RiverDance Lodge’s strong support of the local community. Before being built, the locals granted permission to built on the ancestral land, the lodge was built with local materials and craftsmen, as much as possible has been sourced from the local region or the onsite farm and part of the profits are shared with the community.

The lodge has made a real effort to employ their staff from the local Hambukushu community therefore providing them with training and further income. We recommend visiting the local community with the lodge and learn a few words in their native tongue- Timbukushu, watch as they make baskets and enjoy some traditional herbal tea.

River Dance Lodge is an excellent example of responsible, sustainable and community-focused tourism.

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