Susuwe Island Lodge offers guests the opportunity to closely experience a wild and untouched island of Africa. Situated in north-eastern Namibia, the island is on the remote Kwando River – a permanent water source which nourishes delicate ecosystems and sustains varied game and birdlife.
- Exclusive and private setting
- Romantic honeymoon getaway
- Superb big game viewing
- Outstanding birding
- Guided walks and sunset cruises
- Recreational fishing
An African river, a spectacular canopy of indigenous trees and vistas of the Kalahari grasslands in the Bwabwata National Park are the inheritance of the animals that roam here.
Lofty canopy viewing decks set amongst tall riverine trees overlook endless savannahs and glistening lily-studded wetlands. A firepit is embraced by a spacious lounge area and eclectic African art. Relaxation, privacy and comfort are paramount at Susuwe. A mouth-watering aroma, the clink of silver against china, a wine glass filled – these are the joys of African alfresco dining. Fresh air sharpens whetted appetites and a picnic laid out amidst tall whispering grasses in unchartered territory illuminates the experience.
Six luxury suites, each with a wooden viewing platform and private plunge pool, are a haven of calm and respite, an airy dreaming space to recharge the senses. Professionally guided game drives are rewarded with special sightings of roaming elephant and buffalo, lechwe, lion, and leopard.
Sunrise or sunset river cruises, guided walks and 4×4 game drives offer even closer insight into the intrigue of the African bush. Guests have the opportunity to merge unhurriedly with Africa’s timeless evolution of hazy days and star-studded nights.
4×4 Game Drives in the Bwabwata National Park
Explore the Bwabwata National Park in open 4×4 game drive vehicles. Wonderful game sightings – from the lodge deck and surrounds – could include seeing vast herds of roaming elephant and buffalo, lion, hippo, frequent leopard sightings, sable antelope, roan antelope, lechwe, puku, the shy sitatunga as well as wild dogs at times. The game drives at Susuwe offer an even closer insight into the intrigue of the African bush. A popular outing is to spend the evening at Horseshoe Bend where in the dry season, Elephants by their hundreds come down to drink at times.
There are outstanding bird watching opportunities in this area, given the variety of riverine, flood plain and grassland habitats. Around Susuwe Island Lodge and Nambwa, the Narina Trogon and the rare Racket-tailed Roller occur amongst the tall teak woodlands. The Coppery Sunbird is another summer visitor to the area and is often spied feeding on the large purple flowers of the teak trees. Other sought-after species include Retz’s Red-billed Helmet Shrike, the Emerald Cuckoo, Bradfields Hornbill, Crested Barbet, Black-headed Orioles and several species of Woodpecker (particularly Bearded).
For guests keen on relaxing, the lodge offers sedate morning or evening cruises on the slow, meandering Kwando river, during which time one can view game and delight in bird watching within the Bwabwata National Park. Time spent with us will leave you with a wonderful insight into the uncharted cradle of rivers which we are privileged to be part of.
Susuwe Island Lodge offers recreational fishing excursions along the intimate Kwando river, which meanders through the game-filled savannah of the Bwabwata National Park. Here the narrow channels of the Kwando often ask more of the angler’s presentation of his lure, but the Silver Tigerfish are there hiding within its margins and undercuts. Of more interest to the species hunter is the presence of a number of species of ‘Bream’ such as Threespot Tilapia, Redbreast Tilapia, Pink Happies, Humpback Largemouth, Thinface Largemouth, Nembwe and Brownspot Largemouth. There is also the opportunity to latch on to an African Pike.
Conservation and Community Initiatives
The Kwando River is a permanent water source that nourishes delicate ecosystems. In order for the balance to be maintained, protection is required from the indiscriminate utilization of the natural resource base. In keeping with this, conservation projects such as the development of an anti poaching unit have already been initiated.
A long-term programme is also under way in the area, the primary objective of which is the involvement of local communities in conservation initiatives. Employment of local people provides skills and education which assists in this initiative.
The Mayuni Conservancy has been cited as one of the pilot conservancy projects, (one of the more successful examples of future based community / conservation / tourism projects).
More than two years ago, in negotiation with Chief Mayuni, Islands In Africa agreed to build a conservancy campsite (called Kubunyana), which Susuwe Island Lodge funded and which the local community manages and earns revenue from. This has provided work opportunities and income for the local people prior to and during the building stages of Susuwe Island Lodge. It continues to run as a beautiful campsite, completely managed by the local community, which also owns and operates a campsite within the Bwabwata National Park named Nambwa.
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- Category4. Luxury
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- TagsBig 5, Birding, Fishing, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife
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