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Type: Game Lodge
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Ruacana is a town in Omusati, northern Namibia and the district capital of the Ruacana electoral constituency. It is located on the border with Angola on the river Kunene. The town is known for the picturesque Ruacana Falls nearby, and for the Ruacana Power Station.
Ruacana was developed around a major underground hydroelectric plant linked to the nearby dam across the border in Angola at Calueque. The dam and pumping station were bombed in a Cuban airstrike in 1988, during the Angolan Civil War. The facility was partially repaired and today NamPower operates three turbines producing a maximum of 240 megawatts.
OvaZemba and OvaHimba people are native to the area. The name Ruacana originated from one of the first settlers in Ruacana called Ruhakana. The town was therefore named after Mr. Ruhakana although it is currently written as Ruacana.
Ruacana's settlement status was upgraded to that of a village in 2005, and to town in 2010. It is now governed by a town council that has seven seats. The 2015 local Authority election was won by SWAPO which gained six seats and 826 votes. The remaining seat went to the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) which gained 53 votes.
The 600 hectares (1,500 acres) farm Etunda is situated near Ruacana. It is run as a government-supported irrigation scheme and has been established in 1993. Half of the farm is commercial irrigation land, the other half is allocated to 82 small-scale farmers. Etunda cultivates maize, wheat, watermelons, bananas, and other produce.
From the bar and restaurant, a deck extends over the river, making for a spectacular location to enjoy a drink or a delicious meal with overlooking the river opportunities to boot.
Excitement abounds nearby at Ondorusu Gorge, where the adventurous at heart can try white-water rafting. Two of the four-day rafting excursions take you along parts of the river where few have ventured, camping overnight on the riverbank.
Spot rare endemic birds during the bird cruise, meet the Himba people and learn about their culture, and marvel at the African sunset mirrored in the river during a sundowner cruise.
Your stay will be filled with adventure and memorable moments.
We have set twelve Campsites in the Lodge grounds amid the lush undergrowth and under the shade of the wonderful old Leadwood and Jackalberry trees by the Kunene River. Most enjoy a location directly overlooking the river.
Live close to nature and as rough or as comfortably as you choose, but with all the facilities of Kunene River Lodge nearby.
Campsite Facilities include:-
What To Expect
In the vast wilderness of north-west Namibia, this spectacularly remote lodge is situated on the bank of the mighty river, overlooking Angola. Here, where the winding river washes down to the sea, adventure and tranquility meet.
Staying with us
A lush canopy of indigenous trees shades the grounds, accommodation and campsites, while the swimming pool beckons from a sunny lawn. From the bar and restaurant, a deck extends over the river making a spectacular location for a relaxing drink, delicious meal and birdwatching while winding down to the pace of the river.
Eight comfortable rooms, complete with air-conditioning and decks facing the lawn, en-suite showers, separate en-suite toilets and washbasins set in large dressing tables, allow an enjoyable stay. Each room has a small refrigerator and safe for valuables.
Rustic chalets built from stone lend a hint of the pioneering lifestyle in this remote area. Adjoining shower, separate toilet and welcome air-conditioning bring a touch of bliss to the simplistic style.
Campsites in the shade of old leadwood and jackalberry trees, will appeal to rugged travellers with most of them offering a view of the river. Electrical outlets and braai facilities are available at each site with communal ablution blocks for men and women with hot water.
Whether you are seeking adventure or wish to break from your daily routine and just relax, Kunene River Lodge will meet your needs.
Birding enthusiasts will love it here. With the discovery of the first two Cinderella Waxbill nests in the wild, the sighting of this elusive species is a regular treat. There are many other species of great interest to be found in the area including the rare Grey Kestrel which is resident nearby.
Africa’s fabulous sunsets are legendary, and they look even better from the water during a Sundowner Cruise, especially with a refreshing sundowner in your hand.
Birdwatching from the water is a leisurely pastime as the boat meanders along the current. Your eagle-eyed guide will point out the local feathered inhabitants as a new day dawns over the Kunene.
Later that day, venture into a Himba Village where the inhabitants hold fast to their traditional way of life. These remarkable people will teach you more about their proud customs and culture.
As one of Namibia’s foremost rafting locations you can experience a thrilling ride through the rapids of the Ondorusu Gorge, a day long adventure or a tailor-made expedition to Epupa Falls, camping under the stars, with full backup and an expert guide.
The soothing sounds of the river and birdsong will capture your heart. You will long to stay here where adventure meets tranquility.
8 DeLuxe Rooms (1-4 pax)
4 Rustic Chalets (1-2 pax)
12 Campsites (1-20 pax)