Popa Rapids

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Popa Falls camp

Flag of Namibia  , Caprivi,
Monday, July 9, 2012

Arriving at Popa Rapids one is slightly put off by the state of the entrance.  Judging by the state it was in we did not hold our breath for much of a campsite.  The office was in a much better state and the service professional. The camp is neat and the ablutions better than what we have had in a long time.  Nice surprise!
We could pick a site as we were the only people in the camp at this stage (+- 2pm). No sooner had we set up camp and hoards of cars started to stream in, most of them just to come have a look at the rapids.  We had a good spot but started to wonder if we should not have looked around a bit more before choosing a camp. 
We decided to take a drive to have a look at the other Lodges and campsites in the area.  Ngepi seemed to be the most popular.  Ngepi has a fun vibe with little slogan everywhere.  It makes one feel at home right a way.  The camp seemed very full and so we decided to stay here on the way back after visiting Katima Mulilo. Have a look at the unique pool and lovely relaxing river lounge.
Next we stopped at one more Lodge before heading back to camp.  Here it was a total different approach.  You had to be let in at a gate and upon your arrival, the owner himself and his PA were at the door waiting to welcome you to the lodge.  Much more formal but warm lounge, bar and dek area.  The assistant took us to have a look at the camp site and we were well impressed!  Grass and private with lovely ablutions and the faith full donkey that guarantees hot water.  The same price as the other campsites - but much better.  Now we had two to choose from for our stay over on the way back.
Back at Popa, the scene had changed somewhat.  The camp was full of campers.  A big group and several others.  A festive feeling was in the air with people chatting and moving about.  After going for a walk to see where the different walkways lead to, we returned to make a fire for the evening.
The evening was chilling and soon a sort of competition was going on to see who could make the biggest fire in the camp.  It looked wonderful with all the fires going.  We tried desperately to get the blog up to date with the little Internet access we had.  Carlos even turned the lap top up side down to ensure better reception.
The camp only quietened down around 10h30.  (Around 100 people in the camp).
The rapids themselves are pretty, although it is difficult to get to them. You have to walk around the bush to get a view and considering that there are croc's around is not a lot of fan. Nevertheless we did some venturing and walk to a few spots.

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