Ichobezi Houseboats

Reviews of Ichobezi Houseboats

Excellent(95%) From 31 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 31 of our travellers who have visited Ichobezi Houseboats, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr & Mrs L - Lyndhurst
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ichobezi Houseboats review

Ichobezi was great. It provided an excellent relaxing contrast to getting up at 5.00 am for game drives !! Our guide was excellent and we even managed to catch three Tiger fish despite not being fishermen.The food was superb.

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Mr. & Mrs R from Alford, Lincs
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great River Cruise

Observing game and birdlife from a river setting made this a unique experience which will be remembered for ever.

The boat crew were very friendly, attentive and informative making our stay a lovely experience

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Mr & Mrs T - Ireland
Arrived on: 21-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Didn't use the houseboat

We liked the lodge so much that we didn't go on the houseboat but stayed at the lodge.

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The B family from Bristol
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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lovely for 1 night stay

We quite liked the houseboat but wished we had stayed in the lodge for a further night as the service and rooms were better, having said that it was worth the experience

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Family M - Massachusetts
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ichobezi Houseboats review

loved it and wish we had more time on the boat. but understand that wasnt an option. the Host i believe his name wasEarnest, was wonderful, very accomodating, thought ahead about our needs, had a meal waiting for us when we arrived. He was also very positive and enthusiastic for Namibia! Wow! nice touch. loved seeing the animals from the water . waking up , laying in bed and looking out the window as elephants came down to drink was a memory i wont forget!

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ichobezi Houseboats review

An idyllic way to spend time on the Chobe River.

Ernest and the team were fantastic! So many elephants, crocs and birds that we lost count.

Even saw some lions on our last morning.

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Mr & Mrs W from Bedfordshire
Arrived on: 21-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Good viewing platform for birds and animals

The boat came as a nice change from the other camps.

Due to the very high flood levels much of the land was under water - it would probably be better to visit the Chobe river in the dry season.

We had a few problems with the outboard motors on the tender boats which threatened to disrupt the programme.

We enjoyed the company of our fellow guests but this could be a problem if you are not used to living at close quarters on a boat.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J - Nottingham
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ichobezi Houseboats review

Picked up at the jetty at Garden Lodge spot on time and taken to Namibian immigration on Impalila Island before joining the boat. A very slick transfer. For our first night we shared the boat with a Swiss couple and the four of us were then joined by another British pair.

Although the boat can take 8 guests, this might be a bit crowded as there are only a couple of sunloungers and deck chairs.
Cabins were spacious and comfortable, though bathrooms were small (not surprising on a boat). Food was generally excellent and the self-service bar open all day.

Ernest and his crew took excellent care of us and we enjoyed both the slow cruising on the houseboat along Chobe NP and individual game-viewing trips on the tender boats. These also take you back to Kasane via some very 'interesting' immigration posts.
A lovely experience towards the end of our trip – highly recommended!

We thought 2 days was ideal though 3 might be nice – any more and you'll be repeating the experience.

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ichobezi Houseboats review

Really great crew on the boat. Actually it would have been nice if they could join the guests more often, but probably that was too difficult to combine with all the work on the boat.

The boat covered a smaller distance than I had expected but I don't think it mattered much. The shorter tours on the smaller boats are the best - we had Cletius as a "personal guide", he was very helpful, listened to what we were interested in and was too modest about his own knowledge.

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Mr C & Ms S - Colorado, US
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ichobezi Houseboats review

Ernest, the houseboat manager, spent an entire day with us on the river in the smaller boat. It was wonderful. We sat watching elephants up close for hours, just quietly. Magical. We also watched a pair of lionesses and one male make a charge on a cape buffalo herd, without success because a big bull kept fending off their charge. It was spellbinding. My husband is a photographer and Ernest and all the other staff guides were just excellent at holding the small boat steady so he could get the shot. They were exceptionally attentive and considerate.

The houseboat itself is beautiful, the food amazing (thank you Chester!!!), the company just excellent and I can can't say enough wonderful things about the staff. Whatever we wanted to do, we did. We will definately do this again, for more nights (3 were just not enough) and try for October when the elephant show is really hopping. We also met the owner who traveled with us a short ways, what a great guy. We had since recommended the houseboat to everyone we talked to, it's a wonderful way to see Chobe while staying away from the crowds. I probably think about this part of the trip once or twice every day now that we are home...with longing. I'd go back in a minute. And I wish you had more Excellent buttons I could check!

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