The Ichobezi houseboats are a fantastic way to explore the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers.
Ichobezi Houseboats: Our full report
At the eastern end of Namibia's Caprivi Strip, two houseboats cruise the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. A few nights on one of these is a fantastic way to experience the birds, animals and scenery of this lush corner of Namibia.
The Ichobezi Moli houseboat is 18 metres long and has four large double/twin cabins. Each cabin has a large sliding window that gives you a fantastic view of the changing river scenery as the houseboat glides by. The cabins have comfortable twin beds, storage space and an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower, toilet and hand basin.
Part of the Ichobezi Moli's top deck has a lounge and bar area with comfortable seating and a shade cover. The other part is open to the sky and it is here that guests can enjoy delicious meals prepared by the houseboat's chef. There is also a small plunge pool on the top deck – the perfect place for a cooling dip whilst enjoying the passing scenery.
The Ichobezi Mukwae houseboat is newer than the Moli but built to almost the same specifications. Although similar to its sister houseboat, the Ichobezi Mukwae's front cabin has the added attraction of its own private balcony. The Mukwae also has an added sun deck above the main top deck that gives even great leverage from where guests can experience this lush wetland.
Each houseboat has dedicated tender boats and you will have your own personal guide too. These are small motor boats that accompany the houseboats on their travels. A tender boat allows guests the freedom to partake in any excursions or activities best done away from the main houseboat.
Both the Ichobezi Moli and Ichobezi Mukwae houseboats provide a memorable way to explore this lush river landscape. Whilst sailing on the Chobe River the houseboat's top decks provide an ideal platform from which to view the abundant wildlife of the Chobe National Park. Other activities offered include fishing on the Zambezi River renowned for its sizeable tiger fish and bream, sunset cruises and birding trips in the tender boats, and visits to some of the local fishing communities in the area.
Directions: Guests for the Ichobezi Moli and the Ichobezi Mukwae houseboats will be met at Kasane by one of the small tender boats.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Ralph & Dawn Oxenham
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: All house wines, local beers, soft drinks and water.
Private villas & houses: Although not a villa or a house, each of the Ichobezi Houseboats comes with a private chef, a guide, four twin cabins and motorboats for excursions. So it’s like a floating villa; a unique base on the Chobe – great for generally relaxing and wildlife-viewing.See more ideas for Private villas & houses in Namibia
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome on the Ichobezi Moli and Ichobezi Mukwae houseboats.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: As there are no laundry facilities on board the Houseboat, no laundry service is offered.