Impalila Island Lodge is situated at the confluence of the mighty Chobe and Zambezi rivers. It is the only place in the world where 4 countries have common borders. (Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana). The Island is at the north-eastern tip of Namibia, and lies just 70kms west of Victoria Falls. (Links) Guests are transferred from Kasane Immigration by boat to the lodge, where secure parking is available. The lodge has a commitment to nurturing relationships with the local communities, and this promotes and encourages the conservation of resources in these areas.The Main complex facilities include swimming pool, bar, curio shop, reference library, lounge and dining area – all built under the canopy of an ancient baobab tree.
Impalila Island Lodge prides itself on it’s excellent cuisine, in a variety of romantic settings, including a picnic on a wild island! Special dietary requirements can be catered for. (Inform reservations in advance). The bar is fully-stocked, and their comprehensive range of South African wines is second to none, a remarkable achievement considering the remoteness of the destination!
Significant occasions such as honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays can be organized at Impalila Island Lodge. Moonlight suppers on a sandbank, a private candlelit dinner for 2, or perhaps a champagne brunch at the historical baobab tree, are particular favourites at the lodge.
There are only 8 single or double private chalets here, emphasizing seclusion and privacy. They are elevated within the lush, riverine forest, offering superb views over either the Mambova rapids, or the quiet backwaters of the Zambezi River. Each luxurious chalet has en-suite bathrooms, a choice of either king-sized or twin beds, an overhead fan, hairdryer, mosquito nets and private deck.
It is the policy of Impalila Island Lodge, that all activities are professionally guided. They have the expertise to cater for special interest visitors as well. (Birding/fishing). There are also enough boats, vehicles and guides, for guests to structure their own time. As it is the most secluded and remote destination in the area, it offers guests the most outstanding game viewing, especially by boat.
The immediate environment is an incredible labyrinth of waterways, floodplains and bushveld, and with it comes an exceptional variety of birdlife, game and vegetation. Game viewing is mainly by boat, preferably during the mid afternoon to sunset period, when all of the large animals congregate on the river banks to drink, bathe, play and graze. The area is renown for vast herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as common sightings of lion, hippo, and the rare Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope.
Guided walks offer a different, but equally entertaining foray into the unknown. At Impalila, the islands offers unrestricted walks, including a visit to a 2000 year-old baobab. Apart from it’s age, the trees other claim to fame is that all 4 countries and the convergence of the mighty rivers, can be seen from it’s upper branches. These walks, in the company of knowledgeable and experienced guides, also deliver a fascinating insight into the traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees of the area.
Fishing is an obvious favourite here. Fly fishing or traditional angling from either motorized boat or Mokoro is possible. The Zambezi, Chobe, Kasai channels and Kwando rivers, Mambova rapids, and backwaters of the floodplains, all provide excellent opportunities for anglers of all standards. Impalila is well-known for its tiger fishing.
There are over 450 species of some of Africa’s rarest species of birdlife found here, including Pels owl, rock pratincole, African skimmers and Pygmy geese.
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- Free toiletries
- Outdoor pool
- Private bathroom
- Room service
- Seating area
- Wake up service
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The Caprivi Strip in which the Zambezi Region is situated is a tropical area, with high temperatures and much rainfall during the December-to-March rainy season, making it the wettest region of Namibia. The terrain is mostly made up of swamps, floodplains, wetlands and woodland.
In addition to the Zambezi River, the strip also holds the Cuando and Kwando River, which marks the border with Botswana. Tributaries of the river here go by different names, including the Linyata and the Chobe. The province’s far east is where the Cuando meets the Zambezi.
Culture and history infoUntil the end of the 19th century, the area was known as Itenge, and it was under the rule of the Lozi kings. In the late 19th century the strip of land was administered as part of the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (Botswana). The German Empire in 1890 laid claim to the British-administered island of Zanzibar; Britain objected and the dispute was settled at the Berlin Conference later that year. On 1 July 1890, the British acquired Zanzibar and Germany acquired the territory which became known as the Caprivi Strip. Caprivi was named after German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi, who negotiated the land in an 1890 exchange with the United Kingdom. Leo von Caprivi arranged for the Caprivi strip to be annexed to German South-West Africa in order to give Germany access to the Zambezi River as part of the Heligoland-Zanzibar Treaty. The German motivation behind the swap was to acquire a strip of land linking German South-West Africa with the Zambezi River, providing easy access to Tanganyika (Tanzania) and an outlet to the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately for the Germans, the British colonisation of Rhodesia (Zimbabwe and Zambia) stopped them well upstream of Victoria Falls, which proved a considerable barrier to navigation on the Zambezi. During World War I, the Caprivi Strip again came under British rule and was governed as part of Bechuanaland but it received little attention and became known as a lawless frontier. The region became of geopolitical importance during the 1980s when it was used as a jumping off point and re-supply route for South African support for the UNITA movement in Angola. Caprivi Region became one of Namibia's thirteen regions when the country gained independence in 1990.