Kazile Island Lodge is located in the Zambezi region - formerly the Caprivi tip - and thus in the green vein in the far northeast of the country and in the heart of the Kaza region. Kazile Island Lodge offers an untypical nature experience for Namibia. Situated on a tree island in the all-year-round water-bearing area of Kwando, Kazile can only be reached by boat transfer. A number of animals also use the island as a shelter. This symbiosis allows outstanding animal observation already from the tent or central viewing deck of the lodge. It feels like being in the Okavango Delta.More Info
Also known as "Mr Caprivi", Dusty Rodgers has contributed significantly to the tourist development of the Zambezi region over the past 25 years. As a South African soldier once stationed in the Caprivi, he fell in love with nature and people here, and soon after Namibia's independence, he gained a professional foothold. He learned the safari business from scratch and built up his business in close cooperation with the local authorities for mutual benefit. He is supported by his partner Tinolla Collins, who has not only run her own training company for the hospitality industry but is also the power woman behind the Siwja project and brings many exciting elements to the African Monarch Lodges.
African Monarch Lodges (AML) with Nambwa Tented Lodge, Nambwa Lagoon Camp and Kazile Island Lodge works closely with the concession-giving communities of the Mayuni and Mafwe. AML creates a variety of jobs, promotes local infrastructure, and safari use of the wilderness has eliminated poaching. Next to the 12 % share of all revenue earned, visiting the Mashi Cultural Traditional Village generates income for the communities, while at the same time fostering the culture and traditions of the local population.
The Sijwa Project
It’s the re-purposing and re-inventing of all recyclable waste from the African Monarch Lodges; Nambwa Tented Lodge and Kazile Island Lodge, on the Kwando River of the Zambezi Region of Namibia, and from the local community, into exquisite saleable craft and art.
It’s also an organic permaculture nursery to supply food for local people and lodge guests (mitigating the air and road miles lodge food usually travels). The sandy soil is enhanced by composted food-waste and super-strength worm juice, given a boost by an occasional dollop of elephant dung!
It’s also a cultural village, artisanal skills training center, a beehive project, a free-range egg scheme and a junior ranger training venue. Plus, it’s an indigenous tree nursery for visitors to buy and plant a tree to offset their carbon footprint, looked after by a local ‘tree guardian’ to ensure a better chance of survival against nibbling goats.
Kazile Island Lodge offers guests 11 tent bungalows, plus two guide rooms built on raised wooden platforms in a unique natural setting. From the terrace of the elegantly furnished EnSuite tents, as well as from the restaurant and viewing deck, there is a view onto the waterways and floodplains of the wildlife-rich Kwando River within the Bwabwata National Park. The region can be explored on safaris by boat, jeep or on foot. The legendary Horseshoe Lagoon invites you to a romantic sundowner.
At Kazile Island Lodge you can participate in a number of special interest activities:
- Carnivore ( lion, wild dog and leopard)
- Intercultural activities with the local communities
- Boat safaris
At Kazile Island lodge you can do a variety of activities:
- Game drive
- Night drive
- Game Walks