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Scenery and wildlife near Nunda River Lodge

Here are more photos along the Kavango River near Divundu, Namibia. We recommend staying at Nunda River Lodge. Very friendly owners, local staff and great food!


Nunda river deck

The view from the deck at Nunda River Lodge.

white-breasted cormorant

This is a better photo of a white-breasted cormorant as the large black webbed feet are more visible.

monitor lizard

Large monitor lizard on the riverbank.

Nunda bungalow

The bungalows at Nunda River Lodge offer a great view of the river. You can often fall asleep listening to the sounds of hippos.


Reflection of the clouds on the Kavango River at sunset.

family at lodge

Family photo at Nunda River Lodge.


A man paddling a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) on the Kavango River.

Nunda tent

Another lodging option at Nunda is a platform tent on the riverbank.

hippo yawm

A hippo displaying its teeth in middle of the Kavango River.




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Birding on the Kavango River part 2

More birds near Nunda River Lodge on the Kavango River. Most of these were taken from a boat tour. Lisa recommends the sunset cruises (even in the morning).


African darter

African darter. Also called snakebird for its long neck and straight bill.

white-breasted cormorant

White-breasted cormorant. Very large feet help to distinguish this bird. I think this one is a juvenile due to it having more white on its body.

Little bee-eater

Little bee-eater. Colorful bird commonly found along the Kavango River in Namibia.

white-fronted bee-eater

White-fronted bee-eater. An even more colorful bee eater. These birds were very close to one another during our river boat tour.

African pied wagtail

African pied wagtail. “Pied” just means black and white. when it comes to birds and this wagtail is a fine example.

southern black flycatcher

Southern black flycatcher. Hmm or in another photo it does look a bit more iridescent so this might be a variety of starling.

comb duck

Comb duck. This is a female comb duck so it it lacking the large “comb” on the bill that gives the duck its name.

white-faced duck

White-faced duck. We caught this one in mid-flight, but its head is visible enough to easily identify. No other duck in Namibia has a similar head coloring. A female comb duck is to the right.


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Birding on the Kavango River

One of our favorite places in Namibia is along the Kavango River near Divundu. East of Rundu, the river joins with the Cuito River from Angola and flows south, eventually forming the Okavango Delta as it empties into the Kalahari desert. We like to stay at Nunda River Lodge, with very friendly owners and great accommodations and camping.

blacksmith lapwing

Blacksmith lapwing. Very common bird along the riverbanks in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. Also would be a great name for a band!

white-crowned lapwing

UPDATED JUNE 2015 African wattled lapwing. This photo was taken from across the Kavango River so the quality is not very good. Originally confused this bird with the white-crowned lapwing. I took a much better photo of this species recently at Hakusembe River Lodge.

African paradise-flycatcher

African paradise-flycatcher. I spotted this male and female at Nunda River Lodge. They would not cooperate and hold very still for a photo but you can get an idea of the length of the male’s tail here.

african paradise-flycatcher

The female posed in a little better light to show off her striking blue beak and eye.

laughing dove

Laughing dove. The band on the neck makes this dove easy to identify.

grey go-away bird

Grey go-away bird. Very distinct sound, “Gweh.” Also has a sweet mohawk that is semi-visible here.

golden weaver

Golden weaver. Might be wrong about this identification, but the female golden weaver is the closest I best I could come up with.

red-faced mousebird

Red-faced mousebird. Commonly seen, beautiful bird with a very long tail.

Water thick-knee

Water thick-knee. A fine-looking bird that deserved better than to be named for a slightly above average size knee joint.


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