Lodge Business Normalises After Flooding Subsides

BUSINESS operations at most of the lodges along the Okavango River have returned to normal as floodwater levels started to subside over the last two weeks.

Operations at major lodges situated on the banks of the river have been operating below normal for more than six weeks because the high level of the Okavango River had made some roads inaccessible.

Although most roads leading to established lodges are now open and accessible also to small vehicles, many of these roads are now in such a terribly dilapidated state with plenty of potholes.

The level of the river stood at five metres on Sunday evening.

Mariata Coetzee, the assistant manager at Leevi Hakusembe Lodge told Nampa yesterday that normal business operations started two weeks ago after the flooding started to subside.

Leevi Hakusembe Lodge is situated 20 kilometres west of Rundu.

Coetzee said although the road is still in a bad state, visitors and guests are nevertheless making their way to the lodge.

At Sarasungu Lodge on the outskirts of Rundu, half of the 21 workers who were sent home earlier this year due to flooding, have now returned to work.

Sarasungu lodge owner Johann Crail confirmed to Nampa that there is no more flooding and he called on the Rundu Town Council to rehabilitate the roads which were damaged by the flooding.

The Sarasungu road is also the gateway leading to the borderline between Namibia and Angola.

“The town council must fix the road because many residents and government officials are making use of this road,” the Sarasungu Lodge owner said.

Crail admitted that he suffered some losses of income due to the six-month flooding, but said he is yet to work out the exact figures of his loss.

The same scenario also applies to lodges and campsites such as the Kaisosi lodge, Nkwazi and Samsitu campsites where business operations and bookings are in full swing.

When the roads leading to the lodges were flooded, guests were being ferried by boats between the lodges from the beginning of April this year.


Source : The Namibian