Ichingo River Lodge
This is glamping Chobe style, in one of the world's finest wetland areas
Ichingo River Lodge
The Chobe is one of southern Africa’s best-known rivers, a source of life to many of the subregion’s endemic creatures. Between it and Zambezi River, at the very eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip, is lush Impalila Island, home to Ichingo River Lodge. You're in the heart of a thriving, wildlife- and bird-filled habitat here. Get a bird's-eye view of the forest canopy from your stilted Meru-style tent, relax on the deck and watch the action in the rapids below, view the game by boat with a ranger, explore the island or go tiger fishing (the prize attraction for many guests).
At the lodge
The communal area is a stilted and spacious thatched building with an open front from which you can watch the Chobe flow beneath you through the trees. Leather couches and wooden coffee tables make up two lounge areas, backed by the bar. Meals are taken in the attached dining room or and outside under the stars, beside a roaring fire. Temperatures are often high – fortunately there's a swimming pool for cooling off.
Who knew tents could have bathrooms on a par with any upmarket big-city hotel? This is glamping indeed, on stilts. The eight large safari tents are pitched, Meru-style, and have wooden floors and a wide balcony overlooking the river. There are cupboards, directors' chairs, a comfy bed and good bedside lighting for reading. And, blissfully, there's air-conditioning! If you’re looking for more privacy away from the main lodge, book tents one to three.
Fishing enthusiasts generally book a stay at Ichingo just for the satisfying catch rate. We reckon the knowledgeable guides have a lot to do with their success too. Game viewing is up close, mainly from a boat, and you can expect to see elephant, hippo, croc, buffalo and more. Birding is off the charts. Keen on getting closer to the action? Take a walking tour, visit the local village and get an eyeful of the ancient baobab.