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Namibia. Caprivi (Zambezi province). Caprivi Houseboat Safaris. Thursday 7 and Friday 8 May 2015. Week 4, Days 26 and 27.

Costs at Caprivi HS:

Camping: Namibian $100 pppd. (approx. 8US$)
Houseboat: 2 persons X 24hrs, N$ 2380, Fuel N$865.
Add to this 15% VAT.

There are 3 campsites at CHS, each with a water point (river water not potable for most) and full-time power point. Shared ablution block, separate male and female with flush toilet and effective hot shower. Ablutions cleaned regularly. Fire pit for each site, also large communal one near the deck with gas cooker plates available.

Access to the bar and deck is allowed for all but dining room by prior arrangement. Meals seemed good but we self-catered. Very small lodge and even when absolutely full probably less than 25 people. The owners live on the grounds and are always about for any queries. The other lodges on this stretch of the Zambezi are far larger.

There are 5 rustic but neat 2-bedded chalets right on the river bank. If I remember correctly the chalets were about 450 N$ pppn, I think inclusive of dinner and breakfast. This camp is small, well-run and private yet sociable if you so choose. Honesty bar prices reasonable.

CAPRIVI HOUSEBOAT SAFARIS:

Thumbs Up.
• Compared to the opposition along that stretch of the Zambezi (Kaliso, Namwi, and Caprivi River Lodge), CHS is smaller and a lot more personal as can be expected from “hands on” owners.
• Lovely deck and bar overlooking the Zambezi.
• All facilities are kept very clean and supervision of the owners is evident.
• Although they offer fishing boats and river boat cruises like the other lodges in the area, they have the unique houseboat facility. If the boat is booked for a few nights they will even take you into the Chobe NP and Lake Liambezi to fish for bream. They also do houseboat pick-ups in Kasane. These trips can be catered or not.
• Although we self-catered the food appeared good.
• They are close enough to Katima Mulilo for easy resupply of your requirements before moving on.

Thumbs Down.
• Although the chalets are on the river bank, the campsites which were added later are not. They are situated in good shade and are private enough.
• This part of the Zambezi has no great wildlife attractions and this is about as tame as the Zambezi gets. The birdlife is good.
• The beer is regularly not cold enough, sorry Curt I meant to speak to you personally about this.

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