Mudumu National Park, Caprivi, Namibia
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LIANSHULU LODGE - MUDUMU NATIONAL
Situated on the banks of the Kwando River, in the
Mudumu National Park, Lianshulu Main Lodge and Lianshulu Bush Lodge offer
a true African wilderness experience. The area is a lush wilderness of
riverine forest, marsh and open woodland, providing a home to an abundance
of wildlife. For the prospective visitor to Lianshulu Lodge, which is
located on the periphery of Botswana’s legendary Linyanti Wildlife
Reserve, the attraction will be found in a quintessentially African experience
– combining exceptional accommodation with superb scenery and an
array of interesting wildlife. Sharing a common border with Botswana,
Lianshulu Lodge nestles beneath a canopy of ancient trees, on the banks
of the Kwando River. Here, in the heart of Namibia’s Mudumu National
Park, lies one of Southern Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas.
Lianshulu is owned and operated by Wilderness Safaris.
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Lianshulu Lodge accommodates guests in 9 twin rooms and 1 family room, each individually styled and tastefully furnished, with en-suite bathroom and secluded veranda. The airy thatched dining, lounge and bar areas open onto spacious, split-level wooden decks, affording sweeping views over the Lianshulu Lagoon. Two fireplaces, scenic outlooks and a secluded swimming pool create idyllic places in which to relax and take in the tranquillity of the natural surroundings.
10 x guest units consisting of:
• 7 x twin-bedded units
• 2 x double units
• 1 x family unit (one bedroom with 4 single beds and 1 bathroom - also a wheelchair friendly room)
• 1 x single guide room and 1 twin guide room (not of same standard as guest tent)
• All chalets lie along the Kwando River or Lianshulu Lagoon.
• Each is individually styled and furnished, with private bathroom and secluded outside viewing deck.
• Dense forest and generous spacing between chalets ensures privacy.
• Safe in each chalet.
• Airy, thatched dining, lounge and bar areas open onto spacious wooden decks, affording sweeping views over the area.
• Wildlife can be comfortably observed from these vantage points.
• Two fireplaces, library, African curio shop and swimming pool..
Laundry facilities are included for guests on a fully inclusive basis. It is excluded from the dinner, bed and breakfast rate but can be done at an extra cost..
Activities here include morning or sunset boat cruises, nature drives in the Park and visits to the Lizauli Traditional Village, a model homestead where members of the local community give fascinating insights into their way of life in this remote corner of Namibia.
All activities are conducted by experienced, resident naturalist guides.
Boat Trips and Sunset Cruises on the Kwando River
Leisurely boat trips slowly explore this river, revealing a multitude of life. In the labyrinth of waterways reside a plethora of fish (tilapia, tigerfish and catfish), spotted-necked otter, hippo, and waterbirds. During the drier times of the year, large mammals such as elephant are often seen drinking from the riverbanks.
Nature drives in the Mudumu National Park are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles. Although game populations fluctuate depending on the season, many typical savannah species occur in good numbers. These include buffalo, waterbuck, zebra and the uncommon roan antelope, while elephant and hippo are particularly abundant. There’s also plenty of tantalising tracks, birds, trees and some of the smaller creatures which knowledgeable guides bring to your attention.
Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in the Eastern Caprivi, the numbers fluctuating according to season. Wattled Crane, Hartlaub’s Babbler, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Rufous-bellied Heron are sought-after specials found here. ‘Mega-ticks’ include Western Banded Snake-Eagle, Lesser Jacana, African Golden Oriole, Black Coucal and sometimes Souza’s Shrike for the very lucky!
Lizauli Traditional Village
Cultural visits to the Lizauli Traditional Village, a long-standing community tourism project are available. Built in 1992 by Lianshulu Lodge and handed over to the community to run independently in 1993, Lizauli Traditional Village offers a guided tour of the culture and history of the people in this part of the Caprivi. The tour is conducted in the local language, Lozi, and then translated into English. School visits are also on offer
Wildlife and Environment
Many typical savannah species occur in the Mudumu National Park including buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and waterbuck with elephant and hippo being particularly abundant. The rare Sitatunga may be encountered in papyrus thickets. Predators are sometimes encountered and around 400 bird species have been recorded in the East Caprivi. Hippo, crocodiles and fish such as bream, tigerfish and catfish can be seen from the lodge deck.
is good with woodland and water fowl present at all times. Rufousbellied
Heron, Pygmy Goose, Western Banded Snake Eagle, African Golden Oriole
and Brown Firefinch are among the bird "specials" for the area..
This narrow sliver of land forms a 450km-long strategic corridor, linking Namibia with Botswana, Angola and Zambia. It is somehow detached from the rest of the country yet steeped in history. The deep Kalahari sands and tropical waterways found here are home to an interesting array of wildlife that differs widely to that of the rest of Namibia and shows a natural affinity to neighbouring Botswana.
Mudumu National Park
This expansive Park, proclaimed in 1990, covers 850km² and is located on the eastern side of the Caprivi Strip.
Its lifeline is the Kwando River, which flows along the western border of the Park. Along the river there are extensive floodplains, floating papyrus swamps and lush riverine forest. Away from the river one finds mixed mopane and teak woodlands, open grasslands and typical African savannah.
Mudumu is known for its buffalo population, roan and sable antelope, red lechwe and the water-dependent sitatunga together with large elephant herds. General mammal diversity is good including lion, hippo, impala, Burchell’s zebra, greater kudu and common waterbuck, reedbuck and bushbuck. The waterways here are home to spotted-necked otter, ferocious tigerfish, and several large Nile crocodile.
The birdlife here is a big attraction – Coppery-tailed Coucal, Slaty Egret, Greater Swamp Warbler, Swamp Boubou and Brown Firefinch are some of the resident species. In summer, numbers are boosted by the tremendous amount of migratory species including flocks of colourful Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Copper Sunbird, Pennant-winged Nightjar and Broad-tailed Paradise-Whydah.
Mudumu National Park is flanked on all sides – barring neighbouring Botswana conservation areas - by communal land. In recent years these communities have formed conservancies designed to benefit from the area’s wildlife in a sustainable way. Lianshulu Lodge has developed a number of initiatives with the surrounding communities neighbouring the Park – Lianshulu, Lizauli, Sauzuo, Sachona and Lubuta – linking with several thousand people.
The first initiative Lianshulu embarked on was the assistance of the Lizauli Community, 13km to the north of the Lodge, in developing a traditional village as a tourist attraction. The Lodge injected the start-up capital to build the village and provided advisory support on its operation. Members of the Lizauli community provide greater insight into local Caprivi life – from traditional practices to dancing displays.
Lianshulu Lodge further initiated a bed night levy where a share of the proceeds from the Lodge is paid to the neighbouring communities. To date the monies have been divided between individual households and community projects. The Lodge has also provided a number of other benefits to the surrounding communities:
• Direct employment and training of local people by the Lodge.
• Compensation for livestock killed by lions.
• Compensation for wildlife quota: In lieu of buffalo taken from the Park for annual celebrations, the Lodge buys cattle for community feasts.
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