We spent two nights on the Ichobezi Safari Boat, a houseboat with four guest cabins. I am so, so glad we chose this option for the Kasane area, rather than staying on land.
From the start, everything ran seamlessly. A guide from the lodge met us at the Kasane airport (in Botswana), then drove us & our luggage to a little boat landing. Because the house boat is technically in Namibia, we had to be taken to Namibian immigration on Impalila Island. There was absolutely no hassle. (And there was no hassle when we did what could have been a complex multi-border transfer after the river trip to get to Victoria Falls an hour away.)
Accommodations on the houseboat were comfortable--perhaps not as luxurious as some of the Botswana camps we stayed at, but this is a boat. We actually felt sorry for the people staying at the luxury lodges along the banks of the Chobe. In order to get on the river, they had to take a boat. We were ALREADY on the boat. As we moved slowly along the river, we had spectacular views of the wildlife. In the mornings & the evenings, a guide took us out in a little power boat to get even closer to the animals. (We had already spent a couple days in another part of Chobe National Park, so we had already had the land-based game drive experience.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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