Exciting further construction at Nambwa Tented Lodge has been constantly hampered by the herds of elephant who are drawn to the last of the Camelthorn pods scattered around the building site.
Anybody who has ever been brave enough to start a safari lodge will know that building in the bush comes with its own set of unique, and frankly, quite bizarre challenges. As if it wasn’t hard enough just arranging the transport of building supplies and finding skilled people to help, wild animals have no concept of deadlines and won’t hesitate to disrupt the process. Whether it’s a family of swallows building their home in the middle of the renovations, or a couple of giraffe who’ve decided they like the taste of thatch, you never know what to expect when building in the bush!
Nambwa Tented Lodge is completely geared around letting the elephants have their space. Honouring the elephants’ right of way, a timber walkway has been built in the trees, towering above the giants’ pathway below. It connects guests to the ten tented suites at Nambwa.
The elephants, however, don’t seem to feel the need to return the pleasantries by respecting the Nambwa team’s space. These gentle giants seem completely oblivious to Dusty Rodgers and his team of builders working on the building site.
The builders seem equally unperturbed by the elephant’s presence as they work against the clock to finish the latest project. Man and beast working harmoniously alongside each other…as long as the ellies don’t decide to break anything!
A little more about Nambwa Tented Lodge
Nestled high amongst majestic trees of the Mayuni Conservancy in Namibia, Nambwa Tented Lodge is the only lodge uniquely situated inside the Bwabwata National Park in the heart of the Kavango – Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, (KAZA). Built with privacy and comfort in mind, each spacious tented suite is linked by a wooden walkway and boasts their own private viewing deck.
The main feature of the lodge is the majestic viewing deck, with rewarding views of the floodplains below and the large herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game that seek refuge and security under the tented suites for the night. The area is a sanctuary for more than 35 species of both large and small game and over 330 different bird species. The unique landscape combination of floodplains, woodlands and Kalahari sand dunes ensures a truly unique safari experience.