With around 63,000 inhabitants (2011), Rundu is the second largest city in Namibia and the main city of the Kavango region in northeastern Namibia. The city sits on a hill on the south bank of the Okavango, the border river to Angola to the north of the river. The surrounding area is characterized by tropical woodlands and river savannas.
The city of Rundu is the economic and cultural centre of Kavango, and compared to other Namibian cities, much more authentically African. The city has a lively market life with numerous market halls and street markets, which offer fish and other food from fishermen and farmers, as well as African handicrafts from the Kavango wood carvers.
The Kavango region is the poorest region in Namibia but the city is located at a strategic crossroad and has, since peace and stability returned to Angola, lots of potential to develop to a bustling border town.
As a frontier-town, Rundu is a commercial city which attracts cross-border business. The economy of greater Rundu is both urban and rural with a prevalence of service economy, in particular trading. The majority (82%) of the business operations fall into the non-formal sector with 80% trading as "sole proprietors". Rundu is a safe place for travelers and the ideal one night stop over before venturing into the wild Kavango and Caprivi bush lands.
Rundu Airport receives direct scheduled flights from Windhoek. However, the airport is used more by local charter airlines.
There are Intercape Mainliner bus connections on the route between Windhoek and Victoria Falls.
Rundu is mostly used as a stopover from Namibia to the remote Caprivi Strip. It is around 2 hours by car from Grootfontein: 250 km on the B8 national road, a well-developed trunk road.
The Kavango River at Rundu Beach.
You can go kayaking on the Kavango River. For example a good start is from Tambuti Lodge at Rundu Beach. Canoes and kayaks are safe and less polluting than motorboats and ideal to explore the peace of the riverbeds, go bird-watching and spot a hungry snake or crocodile on the shore (the latter do not attack boats).
Various operators offer activities such as river tours, safaris and sightseeing flights. You can also fish tiger tetra in the Okavango. Bookings can be made on site at short notice.
After that you can have a cool drink at Tambuti Bar overlooking the river and mingle with the locals.
There are four service stations in Rundu to fill up your vehicle, a shopping mall and supermarkets in the centre of town.
There are also nice woodcarvings on sale along side the main road going towards Rundu (from Mile 30 to Mile 10). Other carvings are at Mbangura and the Rundu Open Markets.
- Rundu Open Markets, Rundu (from the town centre towards the east). 08:00-20:00.
- Tambuti Lodge, at Rundu Beach in Rundu Town (The B8 is the main artery on which people arrive and depart, though it actually skirts the town of Rundu. You must turn off at the buzzing Shell petrol station to get into Rundu. Taking this turn brings you right past the sports stadium on your right and to a four way stop junction (having the main Engen fuel station on your left hand side.). Tambuti is 1.2 km from here. After 500 m you meet another four-way stop. On both your left and right you have many shops, with another petrol station and a new shopping mall on your right hand. Continue straight on, and you eventually meet the old river road at a T-junction facing Omashare Lodge. Turn straight to your left and follow the signboards of Tambuti Lodge which is only 400 m form here on. After 200 m you turn right to a small gravel road leading down to the river. You will pass the Ministry of Forestry’s nursery before reaching Tambuti Lodge on your left hand side.), ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. from N$255 pps.