Out for a hike in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. Photo taken April 19, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hakusembe River Lodge

We recently spent four nights at Gondwana Collection's Hakusembe River Lodge. We had been there for two nights and then left for three, and then returned for two more.

When it came time to leave, we didn't want to!

Hakusembe River Lodge is located directly on the banks of the Kavango River in northern Namibia. On the other side of the river is the country of Angola.

Entrance gate to Hakusembe.

Parking and reception area.

There's been some construction at Hakusembe and they've almost doubled their capacity. It's still a small and personal lodge though. Even with the new chalets there's still only 24 units...and they're really nice!

Our chalet...room number 3!

Gorgeous rooms!

We had a great view from our front porch. Spent a few hours here just reading and bird watching.

When we came back for the second set of two days, we specifically asked for one of the older chalets. We got the one right next to the restaurant and bar area which was okay because we were able to get the wi-fi signal from our room. This section of the resort is beautiful...lots of greenery and flowers!

It's a really pretty spot, and they're lucky to have access to all that water from the river to water the flowers and grass. And they do it really well.

Speaking of greenery, they also have their own vegetable garden and you'll often have fresh produce as part of your meal.

Food? I had the best steak of my life at Hakusembe. Chef Elizabeth is a great cook, and my kudu steak was cooked to perfection and tender as can be. Absolutely delicious! Breakfast was great too, and not only the food but the view from the deck of the restaurant...

Great spot for breakfast.

Breakfast is served!

Not only do they serve your choice of breakfast, but they also have a really good buffet table with fresh fruit, yogurts, cereals, meat, cheese, and breads.

We loved our "relax time" at Hakusembe...

Ruth, enjoying the day.

They do a really nice "sundowner" boat tour in the evening. There's a great view of the sunset from this part of the river, and maybe you'll be lucky enough to see one like this...

Now this is an African sunset!

When it was time to leave Hakusembe, we didn't want to. This is a small resort and the staff treat you like family. We especially want to thank Raulinda and Virginia who helped us learn a few new words in the local language...Pandu! And assistants Eddie and Yvonne were the best...always helpful and smiling. We never did get a chance to meet with the managers, they were gone the whole time we were there. But it didn't matter. Eddie and Yvonne certainly seemed to have things well under control!

When it came time to take a picture of Eddie and Yvonne, Eddie was gone to town! Here's bartender/waiter Simon who looks quite happy next to Yvonne. Sorry Eddie!

We had a great time at Hakusembe. It's such a pretty spot.

Criticism? Not much. It's the only Gondwana lodge we've been to so far that doesn't have coffee and tea available in the room. However they do bring coffee and tea to your room at whatever prearranged time you would like it. For us, we like to be able to make it ourselves when we get up. Pretty minor detail. Oh, and some of the older rooms could use some updating. Curtains were a little too sheer and let in too much light. The new rooms were great though!

We want to go back...and stay for a week or two!!


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    1. So far it is one of our favourites!

  2. dont know why but the names seem odd, guess because its Africa I expected less westernized names. is the eggs and meat also what the locals eat or are the catering to the tourist tastes

    1. I'm only guessing, but it's likely we would not easily be able to pronounce some of their real names. Yep, eggs and meat are certainly popular with locals as well as their maiz porridge which some lodges have also had on the buffet.

  3. I'll just bet words can't describe - but, yours sure make me envious! I love new places and new scenery, but I really love new people. Thanks for the photos.

    1. We too love new places and new people, and trust us they are very friendly here.

  4. Awesome sunset photo!
    Love travelling with you guys.

    1. Glad you are enjoying the adventure with us.

  5. Don't you just love that shoulder, not streaky, bacon. I can certainly understand why you'd want to stay on longer. I felt that way about almost every place I stayed in South Africa.

    1. We love the bacon here! It tastes so good!

      We are finding that in Namibia too but we are also looking forward to South Africa.


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