Situated on Impalila Island near the confluence
of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, where Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Children 6 years and older welcome.
Impalila Island Lodge is not equipped for wheelchairs.
Accommodation at Impalila Island Lodge Chobe
Accommodation at Impalila Island Lodge:
8 river-facing wood and thatched chalets, which can be either double or
twin bedded. Each chalet has:
A wooden deck with a river view
En-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and hand basin
Ceiling fans, gauze screen doors and mosquito netting
220 volt AC electricity is supplied by generator, with standard South
African three-point plugs in each chalet
Daily laundry service is complimentary
2 guide rooms (not the same standard as a guest unit)
Thatched main complex consists of an elevated deck built around an ancient
Dining area with individual tables
Lounge and bar area
Infinity swimming pool and fire pit
Small reference library
Fishing: conventional and fly fishing
Sundowner boat cruises
Guided walks on the island including afro-botanical walks, cultural village
walks and a walk to a 2000 year old Baobab
Game cruises to the Chobe National Park on the Chobe River
Sundowner boat cruises
Birding walks and boat cruises
Day trips to Victoria Falls by charter, including a “Flight of the
Angels”, can be arranged. Road transfers can be organised to see
the Falls from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side
Charter flight over the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers and Impalila Island
Game drives into the Chobe National Park
Day trips to Victoria Falls by road:
This tour departs daily from Kasane, Botswana to Victoria Falls. Clients
will be transferred to the Kazungula border where their tour guide will
meet them. En route to the Victoria Falls, clients may be taken past the
'Big Tree' where they may stop and take photos.
Clients will be accompanied through the Rain Forest by a qualified Wild
Horizons guide, who will give a brief history of the Falls, as well as
describing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest.
The tour includes a visit to the market and an opportunity to shop at
the open air curio market and shops for souvenirs and gifts. At 12H30
visitors then enjoy lunch, which, depending on the number of guests booked
will either be a Lunch Cruise or lunch at a hotel.
Thereafter, the Zambezi Nature Sanctuary and Crocodile Ranch is visited.
This provides a unique insight into the Zambezi crocodile's life and the
sanctuary is also home to a variety of wild animals, including lion and
leopard. Clients are then returned to the Kazungula border where they
will be met by their Botswana guide for their return transfer to their
hotel in Kasane, arriving at approximately 15H30.
Anti-malaria tablets are advisable all year round. We recommend you check
with your physician for prophylaxis advice. Mosquito repellent sprays
are provided, and we recommend that long sleeves and pants be worn in
the evenings and early mornings
Community Development Fund:
A voluntary ZAR 40.00 donation is requested from each guest on departure
from the Lodges for the Community Development Fund.
This is placed in a community development fund, which is utilized for
local community upliftment projects over and above what the lodge contributes.
Islands in Africa, in conjunction with the tribal authorities, determines
the priority of the projects which need funding.
Conservation and community initiatives:
Impalila Island Lodge initiated projects in an effort to involve local
communities in conservation practices on the island
Local lifestyles have been positively affected through employment and
skills training since Impalila's opening in 1994.
The community development fund has assisted in school and clinic improvements,
providing a shop for supplies, a postal and transport service, a kindergarten,
sports sponsorship and special group functions organisation.
Animal populations are increasing in the area; the large crocodiles occupying
the rivers enjoy more protection, and our hippo families are now a permanent
Guests visiting Impalila have shown great interest in community activities.
As a result we introduced the traditional village visits and our afro-botanical
walk, which is a fascinating on-site study of the production and uses
of traditional medicines derived from trees and plants.
Languages spoken at Impalila
Access By Air
A direct charter onto Impalila Island is available. However, private charters
must obtain authority to land and take off in Namibian territory (either
Mpacha or Impalila depending on destination) from the DCA in Windhoek
· Fishing: conventional and fly fishing
· Bird watching, walks and boat cruises
· Game cruises to the Chobe National Park on the Chobe River
· Guided walks on the island, including afro-botanical walks
· Cultural village visits
· The walk to a 2000 year old Baobab tree
· Sundowner boat cruises
Fishing: Fly Fishing And Conventional Fishing
The Zambezi River at Impalila island i.e. about 80 kilometres above the
Victoria Falls is a famous and extremely productive fishing destination
for fishers from around the world intent on locking horns with the awesome
Tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus).
In addition to approximately 40 kilometres of the Zambezi itself, the
lodge has immediate access to waterways such as the Kasai Channel, the
Indibi and the Chobe River itself. Impalila Lodge lies on the fourth channel
of the Mambova Rapids (Zambezi River) and this can be fished effectively
after the river levels have dropped from September onwards.
All of these waters provide excellent conditions to come to grips with
Tigerfish and specimens of up to 20 lbs. have been caught in the adjacent
waters over the last few years. Each season sees a mammoth specimen of
17 - 18 lb. being taken by the lodge boats.
From 2007, good floods have meant excellent catches and in the 2008 Tiger
Quests some 15 Tigerfish of over 10 lbs were landed on fly. However, the
more usual catch is for tigers of between 2 - 6 lbs. The Tigerfish is
renowned for its escape tactics and it is often said that only one out
of ten tigers hooked is ever landed.
It is not only the magnificent 'striped water dog' that lures anglers
from far and wide but also the beautiful nembwe - the olive bream - that
grows up to 7 lbs. In addition incidental captures may include thinface
and humpback largemouths, pink happies (bream), threespot tilapia, and
the ubiquitous catfish.
The catfish, also known as 'barbel' in Southern Africa, grows over 20
lbs and is a reasonably common catch.
Impalila Lodge has been at the forefront of exploiting the wonderful potential
for the flyfisher, as the tiger takes a fly ferociously. Traditionally,
conventional fishing with artificial lure or bait, have been a popular
mode of pursuit for the Tigerfish. Indeed, for any angler, the surrounding
waters provides for world-class fly fishing for Tigerfish on one's doorstep.
Double figure fish are a distinct possibility in the good months. (See
the unique Tiger Quests for more information).
Tigerfish can be caught all year round, but the fly/lure period is generally
regarded as being from June - November. This is after the annual floods
(January - April) have begun to recede. During the 'season' - there is
no closed period - the river levels drop, providing various challenges
as the conditions change e.g. the catfish congregations, floodplains fishing
and rapids fishing.
This is fly fishing at its most exciting.
Bird Watching, Walks And Cruises:
The eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip is a veritable bird watchers' paradise
and few guests fail to be impressed by the variety of bird life that greet
one almost incidentally from dawn to dusk - the call of the Heuglin's
robin at morning coffee, the Yellow-bellied bul-buls at breakfast and
the sight of evening flights of the Yellow-billed storks to their nesting
places on the Chobe.
During the day, one will invariably see the unforgettable Fish Eagle perched
high in a tree along the river's edge, watch the controlled hover of the
Pied Kingfisher or marvel at the jewel-like flight of the Malachite.
Indeed, for all visitors, it becomes a question of how many different
species one will be able to 'tick off' during your stay, for there are
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 fishing owl, Rock pratincole, African skimmers and Pygmy
The best time to visit the area is our summer, from November to April,
when most of the migrant species are present and resident species are
in breeding plumage.
The backwaters, channels and grasslands of the floodplains include a wide
variety of wetland birds, including herons, storks, ibis, wildfowl and
crakes. Early morning is the best time to search for Black and Coppery-tailed
coucals as they sit sunning themselves.
Impalila Island is one of Namibia's top birding venues. In close proximity
to prime grasslands, temporary wetlands, seasonal floodplains, densely
wooded islands and open water habitats, it is little wonder that such
a bounty has been recorded in the area and all Okavango specials can be
seen here. For the serious birder, other rare sightings include the Olive
woodpecker, Schalow's turaco, the Emerald cuckoo, River warbler and Half-collared
We offer bird viewing either on foot or by boat. Visitors with a special
birding interest should mention this when making their reservation
Chobe Game Cruises:
A highlight of any stay at Impalila lodge is a game cruise - or two -
into the famous Chobe National Park. Depending on the time of the year,
our staff will advise on the prime time to take a cruise, though it is
usually best to consider mid-afternoon when the game come down to drink.
While elephants, crocodiles and hippos are all sometimes spied in the
Kasai channel on the way to the Chobe, the National Park is no more than
a 45 minute cruise from the lodge. It is renowned for spectacular experiences
with large numbers of elephants at close range. Often when the river levels
drop, visitors are treated to sightings of these magnificent creatures
swimming across the river.
The Chobe bank is also famous for buffalo, Chobe bushbuck, puku, hippo,
crocodile and Roan antelope. Less frequent, but a distinct possibility,
may be a sighting of lion.
The Chobe game cruise is an outstanding experience for all visitors and
especially for those keen on their photography. No half-sightings here,
for it is more likely from the waterside that some incredible close-rnage
photographs can be taken.
A game drive into the Chobe National Park (exclusive activity) can also
be arranged for a morning. Visitors do need to enter Botswana officially
for this outing. Lunch may also be included.
Impalila Island has a varied flora but is rich in history and the guided
walks around the island offer a closer insight into the background of
the area as well as the life of the local people. These morning or afternoon
walks may also include a visit to a 2000 year-old baobab tree on the island.
From its lofty heights all four surrounding countries (Botswana, Zambia,
Zimbabwe and Namibia) can be viewed as well as the confluence of the Zambezi
and Chobe Rivers.
For those interested in the culture of the island, the chosen outing may
include a visit to a nearby village or centre around an Afro-botanical
outing, which provides a fascinating insight into the traditional medicinal
uses of plants and trees in the area.
No matter whether you have spent your day fishing for tigers, enjoying
a wonderful variety of bird life, seen the elephants grazing on the bank
behind you or simply relaxed by the pool, there is little to beat a quiet
sunset cruise up the Zambezi past the village of Kalikaliga and to take
time to reflect on yet another unbeatable African sunset - and an unforgettable
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