Bum Hill Community Campsite in in the Bwabwata National Park, on the shore of the Kwando river. It belongs to the Kwando Conservancy, and is managed by its members. The income generated gets directly to the community members. There are three camping places, with a 3m platform where you can pitch your tent overlooking the river. You are guaranteed to hear the hippo and maybe the elephant too during the night, it is quite impressive to feel them so close.
The camping site itself is well served with braai (barqueue) areas, water and kitchen facilities, and the staff is friendly and very helpful!
In the Caprivi strip there are three wildlife reserves, protected by the government: Mamili, Mudum and Bwabwate. During the dry season (may to november) big buffalo and elephant herds graze here. The Bwabwata National Park is delimited by the Kavango and Kwando rivers, extending for some 200 km.
Bum Hill Community Campsite and its sister Campsite nearby, Nambwa Community Campsite set a precedence in Namibia by becoming the first accommodation managed by a local community in a Conservancy. In particular, Bum Hill was founded in 1996 by the Kwando Conservancy. The access road is much easier and shorter than Nambwa, making it a good logistic stop before you continue your journey.
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How to get there:
Bum Hill Campsite is some 5km before getting to Kongola from Rundu eastwards along the B8, on the left hand side. It is at the shore of the Kwando River. If you cross the river, you’ve gone too far. Have a look at the map above to get a better idea.
Campsite – N$50.00 per person per night
Treetop campsite – N$70.00 per person per night