News from Bua River Lodge

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We are delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Please visit us to find out why!

We are pleased to announce that the camp site and backpackers' are now open.

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She's back ...

After a long wait, the elephants are back at Bua River Lodge. A herd of 6 or so congregated at Namndinga pool about 500 metres upstream from the lodge this afternoon (10th September) and made their way on to the Island, only 25 metres from our island B tent, from where our new guests had their first view. Then, later, as our guests were enjoying their afternoon tea at the lodge, this lone female made her way into the reed beds in front of the lodge. At first a bit nervous and frisky, she soon settled down to her own afternoon tea of reeds. She is, in fact, one member of the trio who visited us frequently last dry season. Clearly, she remembers the royal reception she was given the last time!

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The wonderfully clear, cool nights of winter are here. The skies are ablaze with stars and the Milky Way is glorious ....

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We are delighted to announce that we have now received 50 TripAdvisor reviews, of which 40 are "Excellent" and 9 "Very Good". And, as a result of our performance, we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014. Please click on the logo at the bottom of this page to read our reviews.

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The rains are over ...

... and winter is approaching.

The rains have left the Bua River running high and sparkling now in the late afternoon sun. Nightime temperatures are dropping below 20 degrees and soon it will be time to light a fire in the boma in the evening.

At this time of the year too, as the last wisps of cloud hang over the reserve, we enjoy some of the best sunsets.

Now is the time to visit .....

Overnight camping safari

Overnight camping safaris now a reality

Our first guests to take the Overnight Camping Experience loved it. Late morning we dropped them at the top end of the Bua Gorge, from where they began the hike down the gorge, stopping for a packed lunch on the way, to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

They arrived at the camp site in time for sundowners, watching the sunset over the Bvundikira Hills across the Bua River, while they sipped a cold beer.

A three course meal was prepared for them over an open fire by one of the lodge cooks. They ate dinner by the light of candles and the camp fire, lit to ward of the chilly air as we move towards winter.

In the morning, after fruit salad, full English breakfast, toast, tea and coffee, they set off downriver again, arriving tired but very happy at Bua River Lodge in time for lunch.

Did I say they loved it? Well, they enjoyed it so much that the gentleman proposed to his lady while they were there .... and she accepted!

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It doesn't always rain during the wet season!

A few clear days with showers at night. The air is scintillating, the colours unbelievable. The Bua River is full, but still sparkling. And the clarity of the late afternoons is just stunnning!