African Monarch Lodges

Authentic Experiences in the Zambezi

Superior standards and unrivalled spaces are equally matched by the detail and attention bestowed on our guests by the staff who are carefully selected from the local communities for their passion for heartfelt personal service. This ensures that all our guests enjoy an extraordinary, unparalleled and true African experience.

Our unquenchable desire to create memorable African experiences takes you on foot, by boat or vehicle, up close and personal with some of the biggest herds of elephants that traverse the largest conservation area in Africa.

Our Story

African Monarch Lodges, home to Nambwa Tented Lodge and Kazile Island Lodge inside Bwabwata National Park in Namibia’s Zambezi Region, is the cumulative product of the passion and dedication of its founders, Dusty and Tinolla. 

Explore our Properties

Nambwa Tented Lodge

Nambwa Tented Lodge

Nambwa Tented Lodge, inside the Bwabwata National Park, where the biggest herds of elephants that traverse the largest conservation area in Africa can be seen.

Kazile Island Lodge

Kazile Island Lodge

Kazile Island Lodge is situated on a private island on the banks of the Kwando River within the Bwabwata National Park. Thirteen Meru tents overlook the Kwando River as well as the expansive floodplains between the Island and the famous Horseshoe Bend.

Nambwa Campsite

Nambwa Campsite

The splendour of Nambwa and the iconic environment it is located in, stimulate the senses and offer adventurous “wild camping” since its official opening in 2004.
  • star ratingNot easy to find lodge in the middle of the nature reserve. Access only via 4WD passage to a hidden clearing where the transfer boat was waiting for us. After... read more

    7 July 2023

    star ratingWonderful stay. - Staying here was the absolute highlight of my trip to Namibia. Located in the lesser-known Bwabwata NP, this camp was the perfect spot for both adventure and relaxation. ... read more

    3 June 2023
  • star ratingNambwa Campsite Caprivi - Spent two nights at new campsite next to Longlagoon. Very clean, hot water, 220v power and comfortable setup at camp. Unbelievable friendly staff and manager Christiaan and wife Lisa will... read more

    26 May 2023

    star ratingExcellent lodge - Superb stay in luxury tents surrounded by wildlife. We loved our stay here. You could lie in bed and hear elephants and hippos! We were on an all inclusive package.... read more

    30 March 2023
  • star ratingSimply magical & stunning - A truly magical place. Stunning location with fabulous rooms and views. Abundant wildlife, especially elephant, antelope and hippos. Fish eagles and other birds galore. Cats elusive, but about.
    Staff were... read more

    27 March 2023

    star ratingJust amazing! - I said to my husband after 45 minutes of driving 4x4 in deep sand to get to the lodge, I hope this is worth it. We were NOT disappointed. Hidden... read more

    16 August 2022
  • star ratingThis was our final stop on our trip in Africa and man oh man did we save the best for last (without knowing it of course, lol). Everything about this... read more

    Wesley A
    11 August 2022

    star ratingStunning - Okay the last 14 km are a challenge ( 4x4 only ) but the reward is so much worth is! The lodge is situated between the trees and is hardly... read more

    7 August 2022
  • star ratingWell worth the stress of the sand road - Many people have mentioned the road in as a challenge, but there are others who choose this location partly as a fun opportunity to try out their 4X4 skills. ... read more

    17 July 2022

    star ratingFabulous Camp and lovely location - A very special place where you can enjoy the best nature has to offer. The tents are absolutely beautiful, the food delicious and the staff incredibly helpful. We had a... read more

    2 May 2022
  • star ratingHF Nambwa Christmas 2021 - Excellent stay at Nambwa even thought it was during the safari off-season. Planning to visit again between July and October. Still have to witness for myself the rumours that this... read more

    4 January 2022

    star ratingBest way to start a honeymoon! - This lodge managed to find the perfect balance between two extremes, 1) luxury and comfort and 2) being in the bush and middle of nowhere. This was our first stop... read more

    Chris D
    11 July 2021
  • star ratingLocation, Location, Location - This lodge is the only lodge operating in the Bwabwata National Park, which means it’s of bird and animal sightings. We saw hippos, Urdu, impala, Buffalo, sable antelope, elephants... read more

    21 June 2021

    star ratingThe last frontier? - We have stayed in Nambwa lodge previously and I am continued to be impressed. The whole lodge is built on stilts. Although the rooms are luxurious with exceptional views, staff... read more

    11 May 2021
  • star ratingNAMBWA TENTED LODGE - We spent 10nights in the Caprivi and this lodge was definitely one of the highlights ! The main area is open with magnificent views of the surrounding bush, the rooms... read more

    16 April 2021

    star ratingLuxury treehouse in a national park - Nambwa is a beautifully designed lodged nestled in the trees in a national park. Each tent is well appointed and has views out onto the river or savannah.
    ... read more

    7 February 2021

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Where to Find Us

How to Get There

  • Daily airline flights from Johannesburg & Cape Town to Vic Falls (Zimbabwe), Livingstone (Zambia), Kasane (Botswana)
  • 3 Flights a week from Windhoek to Katima (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday)
  • We can arrange road transfers from Katima, Kasane, Vic Falls or Livingstone
  • Vic Falls/Livingstone to our lodge’s Boat Station – 3.5 to 4 hours
  • Kasane to our lodge’s Boat Station – 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Katima to our lodge’s Boat Station – 1.5 hours
  • Our lodges are located 1150 km from Windhoek
  • Ideal overnight stops enroute are Rundu (440km from our lodges) or Bagani on the Okavango River (200km from our lodges)
  • Our lodges are only accessible with a 4×4 vehicle.
  • Various boat cruise or game drive transfer options are available from the main entrance to our lodges
  • Vehicles can also be parked safely at Kazile Boat Station and from here boat transfers can be booked to either
  • Nambwa or Kazile
    Boat transfers to Nambwa from Kazile Boat Station will take approximately 35 minutes
  • Boat transfers from Kazile are complimentary and will take approximately 5-10 minutes

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