It’s raw, consuming and simple on all fronts. These are just some of the few descriptions you will hear when you visit the beautiful and breathtaking Popa Falls Resort on the banks of the Okavango River in north-eastern Divundu.
Beyond a doubt travelling in Namibia remains a treat when you consider how expensive it is to travel outside Namibia. A visit to Popa Falls will shake your reality and educate you as to how Namibians should look at their own country.
Perfect for a break-away from the city noise and the scent of everything burning, Popa Falls Resort is more than just a place to stay. Its naturally well-placed location; close to the falls is awash with flora and fauna.
Whether you are a bird-watcher, an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys activities in natural and wilderness areas or just the kind of person who wants their space after a heavy week of work, the rather classic waterfall and unique surging rapids that run over a series of quartzite ledges gives you the true sound of peaceful nature. The rapids are a must see as they give so much meaning to Popa.
The camp is designed in a manner to give you a home-away-from-home feel with the help of friendly staff who make your stay even warmer. Away from the facility, the resort gives you the opportunity to meet the perennial Okavango River on the river boat cruise or a drive through the Mahango Game Park for a game drive.
The boat cruise is a perfect break from your day-to-day routines with the sights and sounds of a busy community alongside the shady and lush banks of the river, the locals crossing and fishing and a guaranteed sight of the river dangerous mammals – the hippos.
Nature is not a given – the professional help of their guides comes in handy especially when it comes to spotting the shy crocodiles. The cruise is not complete without seeing the actual fall – a living masterpiece.
The park, much like the rest of the Zambezi strip is home to a variety of fauna from large mammals to exotic birds. The kudu is a must see and the beauty of the zebra you just will not miss. John, one of the tour guides says it’s a ‘nature drive’. Although you are not guaranteed to see everything, nature will always exceed your expectations. Depending on what you want to see, you can tailor your ‘nature drive’ to that specification and the experts will sort you out.
Make sure to get there on an open 4×4 with your camera in hand and have the best of nature’s collage. On a regular drive, you will spot troops of elephants, buffalos, wildebeests and a few hippos resting on the banks of the river.
Back at the resort, after a day in the wild; one can get a breather at the jetty bar, just at the river for a perfect sundowner and a great view of different bird species as flocks fly by. Hang around long enough after sunset and you might just catch the hippos coming out to feed on land.
The enthralling resort boasts an abundance of enticing highlights which include a pool. Here, you could enjoy a peaceful idle while gazing on the rapids which exude a therapeutic ambience – something only nature can produce. If you choose, you could also have a cold dip in the flowing rapid. It’s safe.
The facility has 20 rooms built to suit the environment and give you a wilderness feel combined with ultimate comfort and privacy. The sound of the falls at only a few hundred meters from the resort is the ideal soundtrack while you sit back and take in the views of the forests. One of the luxury units named ‘Elephant’ allows you to sit at the balcony while admiring the breathtaking view of the Okavango River.
Popa recently won four leaves at the Eco Awards for its eco-friendly and ozone friendly maintenance. With a friendly staff, the resort is surely set to exceed ones expectations and provide them with unforgettable experiences.
Popa, which means ‘here’, was initially a community place used by the community residents for fun, fruit gathering and traditional dances. It was initially named ‘Gonga’ which means a place where people can meet and have fun in the Thimbukushu dialect. Later on the place was renamed Popa, depicting it as the only place where one could hear the sound of water along the Okavango waters.
So where to, if not ‘here’? Do not be trapped into the delusion of unaffordability and travel your own country. Namibia Wildlife Resorts has you sorted with the NamLeisure card. Namibian citizen cardholders are entitled to 50% discount on accommodation, 25% discount on meals (excluding drinks) and 25% discount on activities (excluding hiking).
Make the booking, pack your bags, and let’s hit the roads to Popa Falls.