Reviews of Ichobezi Houseboats
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
To look out of your bedroom and see swimming elephants and a resident hippo! Very relaxing on the boat. The houseboat moves maybe daily; the tours are all on smaller power boats. And you get a totally different outlook than you do from a land rover.
This was the only place we met bugs - non-biting (probably flying termites), and swarming around the lights in the evening, but still annoying.
Crew was great.
We went in Nov; it was quite hot outside, and *very* hot in the bedroom (there is a fan, which accomplishes little). There is no A/C! I'd be concerned about doing this in the heat of the summer, but in the cool, it is wonderful.
A must for any visitor to Namibia
Another repeat for us. 2 years ago we had 2 nights, this time 3, neither were long enough!
We were lucky to have 2 of the crew members from our previous visit, Martin, the guide, whose knowledge of wildlife is second to none, and Eustace, the chef, whose skills leave us speechless. Larry, our skipper from 2 years ago, came to the boat to greet us.
Our skipper this time, Ben, was charming. he and his crew made our stay very memorable.
We were very lucky to see Leopards, male, female & a very young juvenile. (hours of patience and good quick eyesight are needed, for the guides & the guests). This family of 'cats' really performed for us.
We spent 2 hours at Inchingo Chobe River Loge, while waiting to go the airport, where the owner, Ralph & his staff looked after us superbly
Different way to see the Chobe
Very different experience with a look at local fishermen at work without feeling intrusive.
Liked having own dedicated boat and guide for transfers and excursions.
Service on the houseboat was excellent. How did they share out all the work? Cabin small but spotless, if a bit hot, and bed very comfortable.
Relaxing way to tour Chobe Riverfront
Really nice way to see Chobe Riverfront and very relaxing.
Only had one night so activities were limited. The staff are very knowledgeable and always able to help you identify the bird you just took a picture of.
The game excursions on motorboats is also a nice way to discover the park.
You're on a boat so the rooms are smaller but still very comfortable.
Great water based time on Ichobezi Houseboat
Four spacious well equipped cabins, large dining/lounging/viewing area, up to four tender boats for close up viewing and fishing. And a professional attentive crew of five to cater for all needs.
The food, prepared on board by a dedicated chef, was quality restaurant standard.
Although late May is not supposed to be the prime time for game viewing we had no lack of animals or birds to keep us constantly entranced. We even managed to catch a few tiger fish.
Wonderful bird and animal life
This part of our trip totally exceeded my expectations. The men looking after us could not do enough for us.Read more about the whole safari
Fantastic experience on Ichobezi Houseboat
Coordinator on board Ernest made everything run like clockwork, was very knowledgable about the area and did everything in his power to make our stay a memorable one.
The guides were very knowledgable especially about the bird life . They did everything possible to ensure we experienced everything on the Chobe River while always seeking our input to ensure that they were meeting our needs. Guides Martin, Morgan and Vasco.
Chef Vincent prepared excellent food and even prepared a birthday cake for one of our group.
We were quite surprised at the quality and variety of food given the obvious limitations on the boat and cooking for a different culture.
This was a genuine highlight of the trip
Have recommended to friends
Ichobezi Houseboats review
I really recommend this - a great end to 3 weeks in Namibia. The staff were brilliant, and the houseboat means your trips to Kasene National Park are along the river - elephants by the hundreds, hippos by the score, and a couple of leopards thrown in for good measureRead more about the whole safari
A fantastically relaxing way to see wildlife!
We would have stayed for an extra night or two, had we known how fantastic the houseboat experience was. As it was, we stayed for 2 nights and were sorry to leave.
We came down with shocking colds while staying here and were largely confined to quarters, however, this didn't matter as we saw masses of elephants, hippos, buffalos, impalas, crocodiles, Lady Lechwade deer and kudu without even getting out of bed due to having the (only) guest-room with its' own sliding picture windows to a deck.
An excellent alternative to spending weeks bouncing around in a safari vehicle! Would recommend everyone to include this experience in their safari itinerary.