Day 22 - late afternoon
Day 15 - Northern Experience Tour
35 Celsius, blue sunny sky, hot
It was 3:30pm when we arrived at the N'Kwazi Lodge located 21 km east of Rundu.
Being tucked away on the banks of the Kavango River with Angola on the other side, I was ready to settle down and enjoy the place! It looked so peaceful and relaxing with lots of photo opportunities to satisfy my thirst of it!
We were greeted by the owners, an elderly white couple, and made to feel welcome with drinks of pure orange juice and small cakes to eat. Once they finished explaining to us all of the optional activities this place offered, keys to our lodges were given and within seconds, we were well on our separate ways in search of our respective cabanas!
They were built along the river edge, ours being located just before the last one! Big in size as opposed to the other ones, I couldn’t wait to open the door and see its interior.
Two twin beds were arranged on both extremities of the cabin but at least, they weren’t anything near the walls. This was reassuring to me. Mosquito nets hanged from the ceiling which must have been a good fifteen feet high. The room was quite large, clean and comfortable looking. It had this African authentic look to it.
As for creeping insects and spiders, the possibilities were enormous here but did I dare to look for them. Absolutely not! The less I knew and saw, the better it was however, I let Michel do the thorough checking and blocking of any holes he found in the window screens!
And then, it was time to check the grounds. The lawn was well taken care with lots of palm trees along the river’s shore. Wooden chairs looked quite cozy under the shade of the trees where colorful birds hanged out. Looking across the river, just several meters away, Angola appeared like an illusion.
I just couldn’t believe that we were now in Northern Namibia and that just a river separated us from another country, a country which had been in an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002 and where standards of living remain low for the majority of the population! We could clearly see black people washing themselves in the river.
Continuing on, many trees blossoming with pink and purple flowers added charm to the landscape while a big swimming pool gave the area the spa kind of touch!
N’Kwazi was peaceful, serene and relaxing. The lodge was meant for us to feel at home, sit back and take it easy! And you know what! That’s exactly what I had in mind of doing as I watched the sunset from across the river gradually disappearing from view way above Angola!Monique :-)