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Lodge Review: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge, Namibia

Nkasa Lupala Lodge, nestled in the heart of Namibia’s pristine Zambezi Region, offers an unforgettable escape into the wilderness. Situated on the Lupala island less than 300m from the Nkasa Rupara NP (Mamili) border, this Caprivi region is a part of the KAZA group of countries. It offers up an Okavango Delta-like environment combining wetlands, woodlands and open plains.

This captivating area, often referred to as Namibia’s wild heart, is characterized by lush wetlands, expansive savannahs, and a wealth of wildlife.

Nkasa Lupala Lodge, with its unique location on the border of Nkasa Rupara National Park and Mamili National Park, presents an unrivalled opportunity to immerse oneself in the untamed beauty of Southern Africa. From thrilling game drives and serene boat safaris to captivating encounters with the local communities, this lodge embodies the essence of Namibia’s remote wilderness.


Namibia – Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Nkasa Lupala Lodge features 10 spacious en-suite luxury tents, each meticulously designed to blend harmoniously with the surrounding environment. The tents are far from your traditional camping experience, however, with luxury and intimacy with the bush at their forefront. They are constructed using sustainable materials, and boast comfortable furnishings and private decks that offer panoramic views of the wetlands.

What truly sets Nkasa Lupala Lodge apart, however, is its exceptional staff. The team here combines warm Namibian hospitality with a deep knowledge of the region’s flora and fauna. From experienced safari guides who lead you on riveting game drives to the attentive lodge staff who ensure your every need is met, the people of Nkasa Lupala make your stay not just comfortable but truly memorable.


Namibia – Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Dining at Nkasa Lupala Lodge is a culinary adventure in itself, with meals set out on the dining deck overlooking the bush and nearby waterhole. This means the wildlife can walk right up to the lodge and as you graze on your meal, you can watch the wildlife graze right in front of you. The lodge’s restaurant serves a delectable fusion of Namibian and international cuisine. Savour mouthwatering dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients while enjoying captivating views of the surrounding wilderness. Freshly caught fish from the nearby rivers, succulent game meats, and an array of vegetarian options are all on the menu. Don’t forget to enjoy a sundowner by the campfire, sharing stories of the day’s adventures with fellow travellers.

Lodge Experiences

Namibia – Wildlife Viewing. Photo – Kate Webster

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge offers a plethora of experiences and activities that immerse travellers in the heart of Africa’s untamed beauty. The lodge serves as a gateway to two magnificent national parks, Nkasa Rupara and Mamili, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

One of the most thrilling experiences at Nkasa Lupala is the guided game drives through the adjacent national parks. Led by expert guides, these excursions provide the opportunity to encounter a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species. The region is particularly renowned for its incredible birdwatching opportunities, making it a paradise for ornithologists and photographers.

For a more intimate connection with the environment, guided nature walks are a must. These walks reveal the intricate details of the bush, from tracking wildlife to identifying indigenous plants and learning about the delicate ecosystem of the wetlands. The lodge’s focus on responsible tourism ensures that these activities are conducted with the utmost respect for the environment, leaving minimal impact on the fragile ecosystem.

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge is deeply committed to conservation efforts and community engagement. The lodge actively supports local community projects, like the Kwando Carnivore Project, working closely with nearby villages to enhance their livelihoods and provide employment opportunities. Guests have the chance to visit these communities, gaining insights into the rich cultural heritage of the region through interactions with the local people.

Moreover, the lodge is actively involved in conservation initiatives aimed at preserving the delicate ecosystems of Nkasa Rupara and Mamili National Parks. They contribute to wildlife research, anti-poaching efforts, and habitat restoration, all in collaboration with local and international conservation organizations. Staying at Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge not only allows travellers to appreciate the natural wonders of Namibia but also contributes to the ongoing protection of these precious landscapes and their inhabitants. It’s a truly immersive experience that leaves a positive footprint in this pristine wilderness.

Hot Tips

Namibia – Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Nkasa Lupala Lodge’s prime location allows you to experience both land and water-based safaris. Don’t miss the boat trip along the Linyanti River for a chance to spot hippos, crocodiles, and an abundance of birdlife.

The lodge offers guided nature walks that provide a more intimate connection with the surroundings. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the small wonders of the bush, from tracks and signs to the rich biodiversity.

Consider extending your stay to explore the nearby national parks. Nkasa Rupara and Mamili offer unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing and birdwatching.

Spend time to do a community visit and learn about the Kwando Carnivore Project and how the community lives in harmony with the wildlife.


Address: Nkasa Lupala Lodge is located in the Zambezi Region of Namibia, approximately 70 kilometres from the town of Katima Mulilo

Phone Number: +264 66 687 547


Disclosure: The writer Kate Webster stayed as a guest of KAZA Tourism.

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Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.