7 MAIN REASONS TO VISIT THE KAVANGO REGION and STOP OVER AT TAMBUTI LODGE
Tambuti is at the centre of the The Kavango region and its Kavango Open Africa Route (which is part of the FOUR RIVERS ROUTE), the route is based on the riverine landscapes of the Kavango, its people, birds and wildlife.
The route roughly stretches 380km from the west to the east along the Okavango river and also provides access to the Bwabwata and Khaudum National Parks on the border of Botswana.
The beauty of this area was only discovered by explorers in the late nineteenth century and is still being discovered by tourists today
The route offers an array of attractions and a diversity of culture and is a renowned birding hotspot. Other attractions that form part of the experience include the Mbunza Living Museum, the Khaudum National Park, Nyangana Mission, Andara Mission, the Okavango River System and Popa Falls in the east, as well as the Bwabwata National Park (incl. former Mahangu Park) bordering the river which is part the new RAMSAR site. In Rundu you find the Rundu Open Markets (see links)
Tambuti has the only authentic African restaurant north of Etosha.
Specializing in local traditional “African cuisine” and drinks sourcing local ingredients from the east and west of the Kavango region were possible, thus reducing food miles and letting the tourist emerge in the traditional food scenery.
Experience the rich culture of the region at the Mbunza Living Museums only 15km from the lodge. These living museum helps to sustain the livelihoods of local people while acting as a traditional school that preserves local culture and traditions.
With over 430 bird species, over 2500 plant species, the last savannah and riparian woodlands, rich in fish and mammals which you can’t see in the Etosha park the Kavango region is one of the hidden gems and less bitten tracks in Namibia. From the central location of Tambuti in Rundu you can easily continue your journey to the eastern Kavango into the amazing and unspoiled Okavango pan handle leading to the Okavango Delta.
Buy authentic, hand-made craft from local crafters. The region is renowned for its unique style of basket weaving found nowhere else in southern Africa
Leave a LOW carbon food print (Eco-tourisme)
Since food is sourced locally food-miles are low and so is your carbon food print We are trying to have the smallest carbon foot print as possible and have installed solar water heating and solar electricity powered lights. 90% of lights are LED lights which are both insect friendly and energy saving (LED lights in Namibia is still 10x the price of normal bulbs !) Our Septic tanks use bacterial cultures (no flushing into the river)
We don’t just show you what’s good, we want to do a bit of good too! Tambuti owners are the founder of Theresias OVC foundation 15km outside town in the poor Mavanze area . See link www.theresiafoundation.com
For more info on the Kavango area you can download the following maps (click to Download)