May 22 2023

Right on the River’s Edge

Chobe River experience – Just you and the river

Throw a stone from the balcony of your private deck and it will land in the river, to be swept downstream towards the very same rapids that lull you to sleep at night.

A stay at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge gives you the unbeatable experience of staying right on the river’s edge.

Here’s what awaits:

Arriving in style

From Kasane Immigration Office and Boarding Point, you’ll be transferred to your ‘water taxi’ for the rest of the trip. A comfortable speedboat manned by one of the lodge guides.

As you skim over the shimmering water, your guide will point out crocodiles and just some of the 450 diverse and rare species of birds you’ll come across in abundance in this corner of the world. Arriving by water is truly special. You’ll feel like a true celebrity – arriving by ‘water taxi’ to the tranquil lodge – and will feel like the only visitor on the tiny 12×6 kilometre Impalila Island.

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When you pull up at the thatch-roofed lodge, almost hidden by trees right above the water’s edge, it will feel like you’ve travelled to the ends of the earth. What awaits? True peace and tranquillity. The peace and stillness is only broken by the soft gurgle of the rapids downstream and birdsong.

Your day, your choice

One of the absolute highlights of the lodge is your access to the river. Hop into your own tender boat with your personal guide and choose exactly how you wish to spend your days.

These motorised tender boats allow you access into the narrower channels of the river. These offer additional fishing opportunities and an eye-level perspective of aquatic birds and other smaller beasts of the bush.

Chobe River Tiger Fish

Catch a Tiger (fish)

With its unique geographical location, the Chobe area allows boat access to over 100 kilometres of prime water and waterways found between the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. These diverse habitats provide an enviable array of ‘bream’ species, catfish, African pike, Zambezi yellowfish and the undoubted champion of the area: Tiger fish. From the moment you wake up at the lodge, the river will be calling your name!

Chobe River Birding

Get a bird’s eye view

Birders, you can spend the whole day birdwatching on the river! 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 are just some of the birds that call the Chobe River home.

Chobe River view

Relaxing afternoons

After a full morning of fishing, birdwatching and exploring with your guide, perhaps you’ll want to relax after lunch. Rest on your private balcony or snuggle into one of the big sofas in the lounge, read a book, or chat to Kennedy or one of the friendly staff.

The shaded pool is the perfect spot to take a dip and beat the afternoon heat. Enjoy an ice-cold beer on the poolside loungers while planning your next trip out on the river.

Dinner and a show

The show? The beauty that is the Chobe. There’s no better place to soak up the tranquillity than in our cosy open-air bar and lounge.
Then take a seat at the dining table and enjoy a heart-warming home-cooked meal, filled with local and southern African specialities.

The best night’s sleep of your life

You’ll likely retire to bed early at the lodge – if you’re not enjoying nightcaps with your newfound friends at the bar! At night, when nothing breaks the silence, you’ll feel as if you’re sleeping right on the small beach; the sound of the rapids as loud and soothing as waves breaking on the seashore.

Each safari tent is comfortably spaced away from its neighbours’ ensuring privacy and seclusion.

You’ll soon be lulled into island living, adjusting to the easy rhythms of life on the river’s edge. Without a doubt, your departure date will come too soon!

To enjoy a stay at the lodge, contact us today. View our special offers here.


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