Rainbow River Lodge

At the top of the panhandle that becomes the renowned Okavango Delta, Rainbow River Lodge is a charming breath of fresh air and homegrown goodness on the Okavango River in Namibia’s Caprivi region.

Our rating: 2/5 Stars
Location: Caprivi, Namibia

Accommodation Description

Rainbow River Lodge is half way between Victoria Falls and Etosha National Park making for an ideal budget-friendly, family-friendly and self-drive friendly stopover. But with so much to do and the wonderful Okavango River on your doorstep, you’d do well to spend at least an extra night here.

Activities include full and half-day game drives into the Mahango Game Reserve, a boat trip to the scenic Popa Falls series of rapids, birding, guided walks, village visits, canoeing, fishing and horse riding. And of course, the main attraction, scenic boat rides up the river on the comfortable sundowner boat or on authentic mokoro dugouts complete with poler/ guide for an up-close river experience.

Rainbow River Lodge has 20 thatched en suite chalets fitted with hand-crafted furniture from local hardwoods. Simply finished, the chalets offer ceiling fans, hot running water, comfortable beds and a view of the river - what more could you want? A reviving swim after your long drive? Check. A refreshing drink on the riverside jetty? Check. A hearty home-grown meal? Check. An evening serenade of birds, guffawing hippos and the gurgling river? Check.


20 thatched chalets with en suite bathrooms and hot running water; campsites with electricity points; bar; restaurant; riverside jetty; swimming pool.


Guided game drives into Mahango National Park; guided walks; birding; fishing (tilapia and tiger); horse riding; boat cruises; mokoro rides; canoeing; village visits; Popa Falls

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