Namibia : Caprivi Strip

The Caprivi Strip is not usually on the priority list for first-time visitors to Namibia (or Botswana, which is just across the water), but wetter and greener than most of Namibia, and offering different activities, it is well worth a visit. It is an area of lush riverine forest, swamps and floodplains with wide tropical rivers flowing from neighbouring Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Impalila Island, which is at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers and the peculiar meeting place of four African countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe) is a great place for tiger fishing.

Impalila

Impalila Island Lodge is a lovely luxury lodge overlooking the rapids and quiet backwaters of the Zambezi River. It has just eight thatched chalets with en-suite bathrooms set in riverine forest. You can either relax at the lodge and by the pool, go game viewing by boat enjoying the wildlife from Chobe National Park on the other side of the river coming down to drink or for walks around the island. The wealth of rare bird species is fantastic and fishing for tiger fish and bream is particularly good here. The lodge has specialist fishing guides.

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bedroom
bedroom deck
Impalila Lodge
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Ichingo Chobe River Lodge & Ichobezi Safari Boats

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is a small luxury tented lodge overlooking the Chobe River on the south side of Impalila Island. It is owner-run which gives it a lovely personal feel, and it is a great place to just absorb the peace of the island, meander along the river in a boat to see the game and birdlife, and to try your hand at tiger fishing. There are eight large safari tents set along the riverbank, each with an en-suite bathroom and private deck. The bar, lounge and dining area is built out over the river and there is a swimming pool nestled into the riverbank. The lodge also has two houseboats which you can stay on overnight. The Ichobezi Moli and Ichobezi Mukwae each have four cabins which all look out onto the river, while the top deck has a plunge pool, a bar and the lounge.

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fishing with elephants
lounge
main lodge
safari tent Ichobezi Safari Boat tender


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