Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Beautiful Susuwe Island Lodge - Namibia

Situated in the heart of the Caprivi Strip, and set in Namibia's Mudumu National Park, is Susuwe Island Lodge, embedded in a lush, riverine forest, on an island, in the Kwando River.

The lodge has been constructed to harmonize with the immediate environment, a fine example being the viewing decks, built in the canopy above. Here, guests can overlook the magnificent savannah's, ancient Kalahari woodlands and sparkling wetlands, cradled in the arms of a huge African tree. Privacy, comfort and relaxation, are of paramount importance here.
The main complex has been assembled as a series of multi-level decks, in the confines of shady Leadwood and Mangosteen trees. There is a central fire pit, (giving guests ample opportunity to swap travel and bush stories with fellow explorers and trailblazers,) a spacious lounge and dining areas, a curio shop and a small reference library, with books about the region and it's inhabitants. Power to the lodge is supplied by a generator.

 The thatched roofs help keep the interior of the rooms lovely and cool. There are only 6 personally attended suites, all overlooking the Kwando River. The spacious (brick and thatch) suites, are each equipped with a lounge, double bathroom, (with a window-height tub) and a bedroom, with mosquito net, overhead fan and hairdryer. A shady corner on the wooden viewing deck, is an ideal position for a quiet read or siesta. Guests can also cool off from the hot afternoon sun, in their very own private plunge pool.

 The Susuwe concession, and the adjacent Kwando area, is one of the largest unfenced wilderness areas in Southern Africa. Game drives are in open 4x4 vehicles in the Bwabwata National Park. Sightings can include vast herds of roaming elephant and buffalo, lion, leopard, hippo, lechwe, puke, sable and roan.
Casually drifting pontoons are steered up and down the river for birdwatching and sunset cruises and night rives and guided walks can also be organized.

Susuwe Island Lodge can organize specialized occasions, such as honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays. Candlelit moonlight dinners on a river sandbank, or private deck or a champagne brunch at the historical baobab, can also be arranged.

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