Location: Caprivi - Kasane - Chobe River - Impalila Island - Namibia
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Nestled on Impalila Island in Namibia, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is a tented lodge surrounded by breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, birdlife and ideal fishing conditions.
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge features eight large air-conditioned Meru safari tents set on a secluded island beneath a riverine canopy on the banks of the Chobe River. Step out on to your own private balcony to listen to the rapids, relax on your sumptuous bed and then head to the dining room or bar for something delicious to eat or drink. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is also perfect for families and welcomes children of all ages.
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers a 2 or 3 night itinerary which includes a variety of activities for you to experience during your stay. These include game viewing by boat along the banks of the Chobe National Park, an excursion through the beautiful Kasai Channel to see the mighty Zambezi River and a guided walk on Impalila Island to visit our famous ancient Baobab tree. Fishing for the legendary Tigerfish is also an activity option.
Because of its unique geographic location, the game viewing and birdwatching in and around Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is second to none. Plus, you can get up close and personal with the wildlife as you glide towards them silently on the tender boats. The lodge’s location is particularly well known for its high quality fishing in over 100kms of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, where you can hook a tiger fish, bream and several other fresh water species.
The large Meru safari tents at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge give you all the excitement of a safari adventure in Africa, coupled with the ultimate in comfort. Your large air-conditioned safari tent comes complete with a king-size bed, a dressing table, bedside lamps, chairs and an en-suite bathroom – everything you’d expect from a deluxe hotel. At the same time, because you’re in a tent you won’t lose that feeling of being in the thick of the African bush, as you listen to the sounds of the Chobe River flowing past you and the call of fish eagles in the distance.
Ichingo's safari tents are all air-conditioned, so you get welcome respite from the African heat which means you can truly relax and unwind. Our bathrooms have all been renovated with new floors, vanities, shower heads and taps so you don’t have to miss out on modern luxuries while you’re on safari.
THE ULTIMATE WATER-BASED GAME VIEWING EXPERIENCE
Whether you’re a guest on the ever-elegant Zambezi Queen houseboat, one of her three Chobe Princesses, or at the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, you’ll be able to experience unique water-based safaris on the Chobe River that borders Namibia and Botswana.
Each day, you’ll venture out by tender boat to get up close and personal with huge herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, crocodile, zebra and more that are drawn to the water. You’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you breathe in African air around you.
Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities as you witness the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season.
Experience the ultimate Fishing Safari
No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari. A stay on one of the three Chobe Princesses or at the tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge means you’ll be able to experience some of the best fishing Africa has to offer. Hook a tiger fish, or one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish as you explore mile upon mile of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers.
Thanks to our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Our highly knowledgeable guides, the tackle and bait we supply as well as well stocked cooler boxes make fishing in Africa an experience to remember.
Note: All tiger fishing done with the Zambezi Queen Collection is strictly on a catch and release basis only.
We offer both conventional equipment as well as flyfishing equipment for our fishing safaris, because we know that the area is renowned worldwide for its flyfishing. We supply rods, flies, lures, lines, leaders and reels, and all equipment is included in our rate.
Choose to stay on board one of the Chobe Princesses houseboats or at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, both of which offer smaller “tender” boats and greater flexibility when it comes to your itinerary. If you choose to stay on Zambezi Queen, we’ll do our best to accommodate a fishing trip wherever possible.
ENCOUNTER SOME OF THE PLANET’S MOST DIVERSE BIRDLIFE
With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population by up to 20% compared to the winter months.
Whether you’re a guest on the Zambezi Queen, on one of her three Chobe Princesses or at the tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, you’ll have access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat for your birding safari. This will mean many hours spotting birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot as well as cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater.
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S PARADISE IN A TRULY UNIQUE SETTING
Uninterrupted access to wild animals. Absolute silence. Golden light. The Chobe River is an unforgettable photographic safari destination, and one of the wildlife photographers’ hotspots in Africa. And, because this is a water-based safari, you’ll be able to take unique shots in a safe environment.
As a guest on board the luxurious Zambezi Queen, one of her three Chobe Princesses or at the tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge means you’ll have access to our custom-designed photographic safari boats that cater for 6 clients in individual photographic seats. The boat contains custom-designed swivel chairs that give you greater stability and 360-degree views for a wider range of subject matter. Every seat is equipped with a mounting for resting SLR cameras of all types and you’ll get your own experienced safari guide who’ll help you find that perfect shot.
Note: Bring your own photographic equipment as we don’t supply this – the optimal lens to bring is an 80 – 400mm zoom. As we only have one photographic boat available, please let us know at the time of booking your holiday if you’d like to use our customized photographic safari boat.
A CULTURAL EXCURSION THAT INFORMS AND EMPOWERS
As a guest on board the ever-elegant Zambezi Queen houseboat, one of her three Chobe Princesses, or at the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, you’ll be able to travel by tender boat to Ijambwe, a local Namibian village on the floodplains of the East Caprivi. Meet village elders and locals and gain a greater understanding of how the inhabitants of this 100-year old village live, including learning more about their daily challenges and traditions.
Pick up a woven basket, beaded jewellery or a carved wooden animal as a memento from your trip – sales of these crafts empower village inhabitants by helping them earn a living. If you want to give the children of the village gifts, bring along school stationery, books or clothing – all will be highly appreciated. Finally, enjoy a display of traditional dancing and singing at the end and join in the fun!
Chobe Princess or Ichingo Chobe River Lodge guests can also go on a walking tour to a 2000-year-old baobab tree where you’ll learn more about the medicinal and spiritual value of Impalila Island’s flora. For our more adventurous guests, if you have the inclination to climb the tree, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the meeting place of two rivers and four countries.
Book your stay on one of the Zambezi Queen Collection properties today to experience the unique magic of an African safari.
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