Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

Reviews of Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

Excellent(95%) From 13 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 13 of our travellers who have visited Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 27-May-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Remote lodge on Impalila Island

Great location on a fast-moving section of the Chobe River. Very good river excursions and walking on the island with our excellent guide Robert.

The lodge was very pleasant and relaxing and the food was outstanding.

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Ms C - Sacramento
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mr & Mrs R from Daventry
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Last stop on the Chobe

Very friendly relaxed atmosphere.
Owner dined with guests, making one feel welcome.
Tent set above the river so that the sound of the water was ever present, with monkeys in the tree outside. Good bathroom at rear.
Lovely river excursions with knowledgeable guide.
A good stay.

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The B Family from Nottingham
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Our favourite lodge

Really good location with very friendly people. The excursions were excellent with very knowledgeable guides. Birding was superb, lots of good wildlife in Chobe and fishing was excellent.

The tents were comfortable with added brick built bathroom. Food was excellent with top quality vegetarian meals. Very flexible arrangements with guides to go for as long as you wish. Laundry service included.

Highly recommended.

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The H family from Chester
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ichingo Chobe River Lodge review

Really pleased we chose this one. It is not as luxurious as some, but has reall character, and the service is excellent. For example, as there is not continuous power in the rooms, and so no kettle, hot water and drinks are brought to the room at 0700.

We were the only guests that night! We had dinner with Ralph and really enjoyed his company (his wife was away).
Raphael was our guide on a boat drive and a village walk, and he was superb.

Now I understand how the transfer works from Zimbabwe! (By the way, we did not receive any prior information about pickup time, but I emailed Ralph, who replied promptly) Getting our passport stamped four times to get there was part of the fun, especially at the immigration point on the island!

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Mr. & Mrs R from Alford, Lincs
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful

Excellent in every respect.

We could not fault anything with this lodge other than we were unable to stay longer. The fishing was the high light of our stay with special thanks to Robert for achieving our first Tiger fish catch.

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Mr M & Mr C - Switzerland
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Mr & Mrs T - Ireland
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great welcome at Ichingo Chobe Lodge

This was were my favourite lodge.

The owners were very welcomng and having our own guide was great. Our Guide was Robert and was very patient when we went out fishing.

The lodge was on an island and the activities were on boats, but because you had your own guide you could choose what you did and when.

I would recommend this lodge as a good place to visit.

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The B family from Bristol
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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breathtaking

A lovely place to stay Ralph the owner certainly knows his stuff, we fished for the first time in our lives and loved every minute of it

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Mr & Mrs A - London
Arrived on: 8-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A lovely hideaway on Impalila Island

We really enjoyed our stay here and thought it was a delightful spot and very comfortable. We were offered a night/day on one of their houseboats on the Chobe which we weren't expecting but was a great way of experiencing the area.

The Chobe waterfront had quite a lot of tourist traffic both on the water and on land and for this reason when we were not on the housboat we preferred having our boat excursions in the quieter areas along the channel and the Zambesi side of the island - there's no game but it's good for birdwatching.

The owners have recently retired and Walter a new manager has taken over. Generally we found the staff very helpful but one small suggestion - when guests arrive early afternoon after a long journey a light snack would really be appreciated.

Our guide was quite quiet at first but with a bit of encouragement we found that he had a wealth of knowledge and it was very interesting to hear him talk about life on the island. We thought it a real plus point that guides were recruited locally.

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Expert Africa comments

Ralph & Dawn, Ichingo's owners, replied that they were delighted that these travellers had such a great time at the lodge - even though they themselves had to be away (at the annual tourims show in Africa - 'Indaba' in Durban!).

They wanted us to point out that they have not retired! However, they have taken on a manager to assist them with the lodge and its boats - to help them to maintain the high quality of facilities and activities expected by their travellers.