Caprivi Mutoya Lodge & Campsite is situated on the backwaters of the Zambezi River and only has boat access from the lodge to the main river during the flood season (mid April to June). When the floods recede the lodge backwater becomes a small lake (lagoon), and during this time the lodge boats are moored on the river, only 8 to 10 minutes drive away.
We have on offer a variety of land and water activities, they are as follows:
- Fishing – this can be done from either motorboats or canoes on the lodge’s backwater. For fishing on the main Zambezi River, it is only an 8 to 10 minutes drive to where our boats are kept on the river when the floods are down. For those staying at the lodge without a vehicle, we can transfer guests to the river and return them back to the lodge after their boat trip. Besides the elusive Tigerfish, the other most popular fish caught on the Zambezi are Barbel, Bream, Nembwe, Tilapia and Largemouth. Pike fish breed amongst the water lilies of the lodge’s backwater, and is the only place in the area where these fish can be caught. Caprivi Mutoya Lodge supports catch and release.
- Birding in the Caprivi – this is an absolute treat and undoubtedly a privilege not to be missed. With up to 450 species, birdwatchers and birding enthusiasts from around the world should include this small part of Namibia to their birding destinations. A sunset boat cruise is the ideal time to spot some of the Caprivi specials; such as the African Fish Eagle in action, African Hobby and Bat Hawk. Listen and look out for the beautiful Schalow’s Turaco that is often seen around the lodge. Only 15km from the lodge is the largest Carmine Bee-Eater colony in Southern Africa, which attracts photographers from all around the world during the breeding season (towards the end of August until the beginning of October). The best time to see this magnificent spectacle is either early morning or late afternoon, which can be done from a vehicle during a floodplain drive or from a hired boat on the river.
- Boat Cruises – are on offer for fishing, sundowners and bird viewing.
- Canoes – Guests can paddle out on fibreglass Canadian canoes to view crocodiles, hippos and the myriad of birds the lagoon has to offer. Fishing can also be done from the canoes.
- Makoros (Traditional Canoes) – for the more adventurous we can arrange a traditional Makoro (African canoe) to experience some of the local culture.
- Floodplain Drives – Guests can take a drive into the floodplains surrounding the lodge, where a variety of water birds can be spotted at the other backwaters situated further in the bush. This is an activity very popular for keen bird photographers. For those not wishing to take their own vehicle the lodge offers a drive that is 2 – 3 hours long and the best times are either early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
- Bicycles – Mountain bikes are available for guests wishing to either explore the surrounding bush, forest areas or to view wildlife at a nearby man-made watering hole. While cycling through the bush, the more vigilant, may have a chance of seeing elephant, kudu or impala. This is an ideal activity for families, as adults and children’s bicycles are available.
- Nature Walks – these can be taken around the lodge and within the surrounding forests. The lodge is home to monkeys, mongooses, squirrels and a variety of bird species. The lodge property is also home to a pair of Schalow’s Turacos, a bird much sought after by twitchers.
- Village Walking Tours – Take a walk to Libula village (approximately 1km from the lodge) to interact with the community of a traditional African village. The tour is approximately 2 to 3 hours and the majority of the tour fee is paid back to the village.
- Day Tours – these can be organised to either Bwabwata National Park in Namibia, Chobe National Park in Botswana or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.