Fodor's Expert Review Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge

Zambezi, Namibia

On the edge of Nkasa Rupara National Park, this intimate, unfenced tented camp—which is part of the award-winning, joint-venture Wuparo conservancy program—offers the best of both worlds, namely river cruises and game drives through wetlands, woodlands, and grass plains. The unpretentious, double-story main lodge has a swimming pool, bar, and a lookout over a natural watering hole that connects to the Kwando-Linyanti river system after heavy rainfall. Bell frogs will sing you to sleep with their chorus that resembles the clinging of glass bells. The stilted, en suite tents are simple and may not meet travelers’ expectations when it comes to the price, but its eco-tourism model that minimizes guests’ carbon footprint and partners closely with local communities is impressive. Their nearby sister property (Jackalberry Tented Camp), also within a concession in the national park, is recommended for those looking for a slightly higher-end stay. 


  • peaceful and remote with a very relaxed atmosphere
  • sustainability plays a key role in their operations
  • free, reliable Wi-Fi (in the main lodge only)


  • tents are simple and rustic rather than luxury
  • big game is somewhat elusive (come in the dry season for elephants)
  • the staff come across as unenthusiastic at times




Phones: 264-66-686--101-landline


10 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, can also be booked on a DBB basis

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