Nambwa Tented Lodge is located in the Zambezi region - formerly the Caprivi tip - and thus in the green vein in the far northeast of the country. It is also the heart of Kaza and the only area of Namibia where Buffalo roam and big herds of elephants are regular visitors. It feels like being in the Okavango Delta. The lodge is built on stilts to give the migrating elephants right of way.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.
In the 10 tent bungalows of the Nambwa Tented Lodge, equipped with shower and bath, the guest can expect exclusive luxury. The entire lodge is built on stilts under the treetops of an idyllic tree island. Elephants have right of way. On winding, wooden footbridges guests move several metres above the ground between lounge, restaurant deck, fireplace and accommodation. Safaris can be made by jeep, day or night, on foot or by boat. Bush breakfasts and sundowners are a true celebration of the event.
At Nambwa 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 Nambwa you can do a variety of activities:
- Game drive
- Night drive
- Game Walks