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:: Divundu Area
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Divundu is a small village on the south-eastern bank of the Kavango River which is home to the Mbukushu kings. It's
situated on the B8 highway, the main artery linking the Kavango region to the Zambezi region, formerly known as the Caprivi Strip.
In 1913, Alexander Ndara, chief of the Hambukushu tribe, accepted and welcomed some Catholic missionaries. The Catholic church and hospital at the Andara Mission Station 15km west of Divundu are still functional and the original water mill is a reminder of the days when the station’s fertile farmland was irrigated with river water.
The Kavango River is the fourth-longest river system in southern Africa, running south-eastward for 1 600km. It rises in Angola, where it is known as the Cubango River. Further south it forms part of the border between Angola and Namibia, and then flows into Botswana, draining into the Moremi Game Reserve. Before entering Botswana, the river drops four meters, across its full 1.2km width, in a series of rapids known as the Popa Falls. These are visible when the river runs low during the dry season, and is the main attraction near Divundu.
There is a large variety of accommodation options in the Divundu area. The town itself isn't pretty but travellers can stock up at the two general dealers before venturing into the Zambezi region. Birding, fishing, game viewing and boat cruises are some of the most popular activities offered here.
The riverine habitat is a bird watcher's paradise and to date some 430 species, nearly 70% of Namibia’s total number of species, have been recorded. The Okavango River with its 71 fish species is a very popular angling spot and the nearby Mahango Game Reserve offers a diversity of wildlife in typical riverine and swampland habitat.
|Zambezi (Caprivi), Namibia
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|Police Telephone :
|+264(0)66 259 432
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|Towing Service :
|Towing Service Telephone :
|+264(0)81 129 7490 (Polka Tow-In Okahandja)
|Gas Refill, Shops, General Dealer, ATM, Lodging, Camping, Liquor, Restaurant, Tyre Repair, Mechanical Repair
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There is a large variety of accommodation options in the Divundu area.
BOAT CRUISES & TOURS:
A few of the local lodges offer boat cruises to Popa Falls.
Some lodges offer guided tours to nearby villages.
The nearest hospital is at Andara, 15km west of Divundu.
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!
MECHANICAL REPAIR & TOW-IN SERVICES:
The tow-in is located in Okahandja. Alternative tow-in numbers are +264(0)62 500 132 / +264(0)62 504 250. It's better to call the cellphone number: +264(0)81 129 7490.
From the Popa Falls Rest Camp, upgraded in 2013, you can walk to the rapids and have refreshments at the restaurant that overlooks them.
The River loop can be accessed in a sedan and will take one to two hours whereas the western loop requires an off-road vehicle and will take at least two hours to complete.
SHOPS & SERVICES:
You can stock up at two general dealers here.
Officials do spray vehicles at the Bengani vet fence (just east of the Okavango river at Divundu), however they do not always ask or check for meat at this post.
A sticker with the grocery store name and date, vacuum packed, will not get you through the fence. The rule would be NOT TO cross a vet fence with meat regardless of where you bought it.
The road between Rundu and Katima Mulilo has cell phone reception. Because of veterinary fence restrictions you cannot take raw meat from Katima Mulilo to Rundu. There is a vet fence control point just east of Divundu where your vehicle will be checked and sprayed.
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