Impalila Island Lodge

confluence of the
Chobe and Zambezi Rivers
near Kasane and Victoria Falls

Cape to Cairo

Impalila Island Lodge approached by boat
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Impalila Island Lodge  is our recommendation for a quiet place to relax after the frenzied pace of a Botswana safari.  Impalila provides excellent access to the Chobe National Park, while avoiding the crowded conditions that are growing up there as a consequence of the proliferation of lodges in Kasane. 

Impalila Island lies in Namibia, at the delta formed at the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers near Kasane, and is reached by a short trip from Kasane via boat or by charter flight from Livingstone or Victoria Falls.   

Impalila Island is a water based lodge, and activities principally center on things that can be done by boat, Including  fishing, mekoro trips and Chobe gameviewing by boat.  In addition, fine walks are available, including bird walks, and walks to visit the local village.  

The lodge itself is built around a large ancient baobab tree, which forms the focus for the dining and lounge area.  The public areas are tastefully and colorfully decorated with sculptures and painting of local wildlife.

Food is superb and internationally inspired.  Service is relaxed and friendly, and activities are organized to suit your schedule - even at the spur of the moment.


Lounge looking through to the dining / deck area

Pool, bar and lounge

The location is world renown for fishing, particularly tiger-fish and, when in season, bream.
While national parks and game reserves are all around, there are local farming villages are nearby.  Mekoros are still used as transport for the local villagers.  

Accommodation is in individual thatched chalets -  well separated for privacy. Each chalet has en-suite facilities with running hot and cold water, generator supplied electricity, and is comfortably furnished.

The chalets are set along the bank of a set of rapids running down from the main water access to the lodge.

Each chalet has its own balcony overlooking the water.

A small sample of the fabulous local bird-life.
Pied Kingfisher Malachite Kingfisher Yellow Weaver Bluecheeked Bee-eater Fish Eagle

Herd of elephant on the Chobe River

Chobe National Park lies along the banks of the Chobe River, upstream of Kasane.  It is reached by a short boat-ride from Impalila. 

The variety of wildlife easily seen during a few hour boat-safari is stunning.  This part of Chobe is famous for large herds of elephant which can be seen coming down ot the river to drink - and to play.  They  walk right into the river and play about like children in a swimming pool, submerging completely except for their trunks that they will use to breath.  They will push and shove and climb over each other and spray each other with water.

Buffalo are also seen here in abundance, and the location is infested with pods of hippo, as well as a great variety of antelope, such as phuku, kudu, red lechwe and waterbuck.

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