Explore the Wild: Discover the Beauty of the Botswana
Nestled on Namibia’s Impalila Island along the tranquil Chobe River, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge beckons adventurers seeking the ultimate fishing experience. Positioned on the quieter Namibian side, the lodge offers seclusion and personalised service. Whether you’re a passionate angler, part of a group, or a couple seeking a unique escape, Ichingo provides an unbeatable all-inclusive package. The lodge’s strategic location allows for catch-and-release fishing for the formidable tigerfish and other prized species in the Chobe River, Kasai Channel, and Zambezi River. Surrounded by stunning landscapes and teeming wildlife, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge promises an unforgettable retreat.
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge boasts eight spacious Meru safari tents, each featuring air conditioning and a private balcony overlooking the Chobe River. Set amidst a riverine canopy on Impalila Island, these tents provide a luxurious retreat. The lodge welcomes guests of all ages, making it suitable for families. Apart from fishing adventures, the lodge offers exceptional game viewing and birdwatching experiences in the pristine surroundings. Tender boats provide a silent glide, allowing guests to get up close to the abundant wildlife. The dining room and bar serve delectable meals and refreshing drinks. With its unique geographic position, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge ensures a premium fishing experience along over 100 kilometers of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, featuring tiger fish, bream, and various freshwater species.
Our large Meru safari tents at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge give you all the excitement of a safari adventure in Africa, coupled with the ultimate in luxurious comfort. Your large air-conditioned safari tent comes complete with a king-size bed, a dressing table, bedside lamps, chairs and an en-suite bathroom – everything you’d expect from a deluxe hotel. At the same time, because you’re in a tent you won’t lose that feeling of being in the thick of the African bush, as you listen to the sounds of the Chobe River flowing past you and the call of fish eagles in the distance.
Recent upgrades to our safari tents mean that they’re now all air-conditioned, so you get welcome respite from the African heat which means you can truly relax and unwind. Our bathrooms have all been recently renovated with new floors, vanities, shower heads and taps so you don’t have to miss out on modern luxuries while you’re on safari.
There is one family tent available, which is a Standard Tent with an adjoining smaller tent.
Furnished with two bunk beds (four single beds), this tent can be booked together with the adjoining Standard Tent: For peace of mind, your children will be right next to you, while enjoying the adventure of staying in their very own tent.
Situated in the heart of the Chobe region with access to river frontage of the Chobe National Park, we also offer water-based game drives by tender boat, allowing you to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up even closer.
Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities though, as you watch the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season. Catch sight of huge herds of elephant as they swim across the water, as well as buffalo, lion, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard as they gather to quench their thirst at watering holes. Besides animal life, you’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you listen to the sounds of a hippo grunting and breathe in the sweet smell of African grass.
The Chobe is known as a photographer’s paradise and for good reason. The soft early morning light and the sunsets at dusk, combined with striking animal behaviour, make for dramatic and unusual photo opportunities. Before your game viewing excursion, remember to apply sunscreen and wear a hat, as temperatures can reach over 40 degrees centigrade. You should also bring along a jacket for the chillier temperatures in the early mornings and evenings.
Enjoy the ultimate in game viewing safari decadence as you sip on a drink and cruise along the river in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari where if you’re lucky, you may even catch a tiger fish. One of the greatest fighting fish in the world, the tiger fish is the most sought after prize of these waters and is known for its ferocious spirit. It’s not all about tiger fish though. You may also hook one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish as you explore over 100 kms of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, as well as the winding Kasai Channel and thrilling Chobe and Mambova rapids.
We offer both conventional equipment as well as flyfishing equipment for our fishing safaris, because we know that the area is renowned worldwide for its flyfishing. We supply rods, flies, lures, lines, leaders and reels and all equipment is included in our rate.
Because of our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Our highly knowledgeable guides, the tackle and bait we supply as well as well stocked cooler boxes make fishing in Africa an experience to remember. Land an eight pounder or more and earn bragging rights for years to come, as you enjoy a fishing trip that’s second to none.
With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population sometimes by 20% compared to the winter months. From December through to March birdlife on the Chobe is extremely busy and the colourful breeding plumage on display is an extraordinary sight.
Experienced birders and even eager amateurs will delight in spotting distinct birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot, either through their binoculars or with the naked eye. Having access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat lets you spend many hours on your birding safari also viewing cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater. The slow drift of the tender boat means that you won’t disturb the peaceful silence and can also get up close to the birds and observe their fascinating behaviour.
Sit patiently and absorb the beauty around you and soon you’ll be rewarded with a unique sighting that you’ll want to photograph. Because you’ll have access to the Chobe National Park and the Caprivi wetlands, you’ll get exposure to a wide variety of species you may have never seen before. The distinct sounds of the call of an African fish eagle mingling with the grunt of hippos will stay with you long after your Chobe River birdwatching safari is over.