Impalila Island Lodge
Caprivi - Namibia
Impalila Island is situated at the confluence of the mighty Chobe and Zambezi rivers. It is the only place in the world where 4 countries have common borders. (Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana). The Island is at the north-eastern tip of Namibia, and lies just 70kms west of Victoria Falls. (Links) Guests are transferred from Kasane Immigration by boat to the lodge, where secure parking is available. The lodge has a commitment to nurturing relationships with the local communities, and this promotes and encourages the conservation of resources in these areas.
The Main complex facilities include swimming pool, bar, curio shop, reference library, lounge and dining area - all built under the canopy of an ancient baobab tree.
The lodge prides itself on it's excellent cuisine, in a variety of romantic settings, including a picnic on a wild island! Special dietary requirements can be catered for. (Inform reservations in advance). The bar is fully-stocked, and their comprehensive range of South African wines is second to none, a remarkable achievement considering the remoteness of the destination!
Significant occasions such as honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays can be organized at Impalila Lodge. Moonlight suppers on a sandbank, a private candlelit dinner for 2, or perhaps a champagne brunch at the historical baobab tree, are particular favourites at the lodge.
There are only 8 single or double private chalets here, emphasizing seclusion and privacy. They are elevated within the lush, riverine forest, offering superb views over either the Mambova rapids, or the quiet backwaters of the Zambezi River. Each luxurious chalet has en-suite bathrooms, a choice of either king-sized or twin beds, an overhead fan, hairdryer, mosquito nets and private deck.
It is the policy of Impalila Lodge, that all activities are professionally guided. They have the expertise to cater for special interest visitors as well. (Birding/fishing). There are also enough boats, vehicles and guides, for guests to structure their own time. As it is the most secluded and remote destination in the area, it offers guests the most outstanding game viewing, especially by boat.
The immediate environment is an incredible labyrinth of waterways, floodplains and bushveld, and with it comes an exceptional variety of birdlife, game and vegetation. Game viewing is mainly by boat, preferably during the mid afternoon to sunset period, when all of the large animals congregate on the river banks to drink, bathe, play and graze. The area is renown for vast herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as common sightings of lion, hippo, and the rare Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope.
Guided walks offer a different, but equally entertaining foray into the unknown. At Impalila, the islands offers unrestricted walks, including a visit to a 2000 year-old baobab. Apart from it's age, the trees other claim to fame is that all 4 countries and the convergence of the mighty rivers, can be seen from it's upper branches. These walks, in the company of knowledgeable and experienced guides, also deliver a fascinating insight into the traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees of the area.
Fishing is an obvious favourite here. Fly fishing or traditional angling from either motorized boat or Mokoro is possible. The Zambezi, Chobe, Kasai channels and Kwando rivers, Mambova rapids, and backwaters of the floodplains, all provide excellent opportunities for anglers of all standards. Impalila is well-known for its tiger fishing.
There are over 450 species of some of Africa's rarest species of birdlife found here, including Pels owl, rock pratincole, African skimmers and Pygmy geese.
- Game Viewing
- At Impalila game viewing by boat in the Chobe National Park for Africa's big game is preferable during the mid afternoon to sunset when game comes down to the waters edge to drink. The Chobe is but a short distance away and one of the attractions is to take a late afternoon cruise into the Kasai channel and from there into the Chobe - renown for vast elephant herds, buffalo, lion, hippo, the rare Chobe bushbuck and puku. Elephant cross the Chobe onto Impalila Island often, and along with hippo, sitatunga can be seen from Impalila Island Lodge.
- Guided walks
- offer a closer insight into the ecological marvels of this Cradle of Rivers. At Impalila the surrounding islands offer unrestricted walks, including a visit to a 2000 year-old baobab from whose lofty heights all 4 countries and the convergence of the mighty rivers can be seen. Afro-Botanical walks offer insight into the traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees.
- A choice of fishing in the Zambezi, Chobe, Kasai or Kwando rivers as well as the Mambova rapids, and backwaters of the floodplains makes our island fishing opportunities magnificent. Fly fishing or traditional angling from either motorized boat or mokoro for a variety of African species is possible. The guides are professional and very knowledgeable on the area. We have fishing equipment at the lodges. Impalila is well known for its exciting tiger fishing.
- is excellent with over 450 species occurring here - including some of Africa's rarest species. The area attracts many migrants and the variety of habitats offer specials such as Pels owl, Rock pratincole, African skimmers, Pygmy geese.
- River Cruises
- Impalila Island Lodge, situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, provides access to 120km's of Zambezi river - inhabited only by amazing bird and fish life and the odd traditional fishing village of the Lozi people
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