Ngepi Camp is situated on the Okavango River, the third largest river in Africa. We reached the end of a dirt road and unloaded the truck to carry our packs and camp gear to the edge of the Kavango River. Members from the Ngepi Camp were there to cart us across the river to the camp since the river had flooded the road. We traveled by traditional mokoro canoe until the boat couldn’t go any farther. From there we carried the gear above our heads and waded to shore where we had to hike up a short trail to our campsite.
The campsite is beautiful and they have a number of activities from a walk to a village to fishing on the river or birding to view the over 500 species of birds that inhabit the area. The camp can arrange boat safaris on the Kavango River along with truck safaris into the Okavango Delta. They also have a nice open air bar to sit and enjoy the company of the other campers. Once the gear was in place and our tents up, some of us went for a walk to the village of Divayi. A very poor village on the edge of the river. The children were happy to see us and we walked through their way of life. Children fishing at the rivers edge and mothers cooking something in little pots near their reed and adobe homes. One of our group brought a bag of balloons of which we showed the children how to blow them up. It was great fun and we all found laughter as our common language.
Back at camp I swam in an area of the river that was enclosed by a cage. The current of the river was so strong that I kept swimming in one spot. Signs on the sides of the cage warned of hippos and crocodiles in the waters outside the cage. After dinner, a group from the village we had visited earlier came into our camp. They formed a half circle…the men started drumming and the women danced, sang, and clapped hands. They invited us to join their circle and most of us were clapping and dancing with them. A night where a little bit of Europe and America was joined with a little bit of Africa.
Directions: Take the B8 from Rundu towards Katima, 200km; 10km south of Divundu on Mohembo border road turn off left for 4km.
On the Windhoek - Vic Falls Intercape bus route (called Bagani on the ticket), get off at Divundu and call for a FREE pick up.
From Maun, head north via Shakawe through the border post, 15 km., Ngepi on the right.