Namibia boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in all of Africa: endless terracotta deserts prowled by cheetahs, it is the lonely desert roads that leave a lasting impression. A land where mighty slabs of granite rise up from the swirling sands and the world’s oldest desert gives in to the rolling waves of the wild Atlantic coast – it’s a coffee table book come to life.
Deep in this striking landscape, in the northeast of the country near the borders with Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, is a cluster of islands in the waterways of the Mambova Rapids. A place that, given its truly rural location, makes the perfect hideaway. Honeymooners, corporate getaways and adventure seekers all come here for pure luxury in the heart of the Namibian wilderness.
Four luxuriously intimate villas form Cascade Island Lodge, each boasting their own plunge pool and private deck giving onto the river. Stylishly designed to reflect the authenticity of Africa, each room is appointed with minibars and sumptuous ensuite bathrooms, the lodge combines the simple beauty of the landscape with the conveniences of luxury living with ease, with guests receiving impeccable service in an unrivalled setting.
Cascade Island Lodge, formerly Ntwana Island Lodge, is a beautiful, exclusive retreat set on its own private island just 70 km from the timeless, thundering majesty of Victoria Falls. Fringed by bright white sand beaches and palm trees, the lodge is the perfect base for discovering this captivating part of the world; Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana and a whole host of other gaming experiences are in easy reach, whether by land or by water. Indeed, part of what makes Cascade Island Lodge so particularly special is its waterside location. The water provides a permanent backdrop of tranquility and the islands are connected by floating walkways. Guests can even cruise the water in their own villa’s boat to explore the surrounding landscape, sitting back and absorbing the unspoilt splendour of Africa at its finest.
Namibia’s diverse wildlife is just as exceptional as its geography; the birdlife especially. The villa’s own waters are a favourite spot for rock pratinoles and bird-watchers can delight in the unusual species who call the Okavango home. Taking to the water offers the perfect opportunity to see them, as well as hippos and crocodiles, and in the dry season, even giraffes and elephants come to drink and bathe.
Exploring the waters on one of the villa’s boats
Need to know
Located on Impalila Island Namibia
Reachable only by boat transfer from Kasane- Botswana
4 Private Suites
Perfect Honeymoon Location
T: 0027 31 7622424
F: 0027 31 7642681
Words: Connor McGovern