Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

Reviews of Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

Excellent(97%) From 23 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 23 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 H from Beds
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great place to stay

This place is owned by a fairly large company but you really wouldn’t know it. All the staff here manage to make the Lodge feel like a family run business - they go out of their way to make sure you have a great visit and are informal but professional. Our river guide Robert was terrific and the accomodation and food lovely.

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Mrs B - family from UK
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ichingo Chobe River Lodge was our favourite

Our stay at Ichingo was the highlight of our trip. The staff were excellent but special thanks are due to Kennedy,who loked after us so well, Ernest the manager, and our guide, Morvin. They all made our stay so memorable.

All meals and activities are included here - I think this is a very good idea when you are staying at a remote lodge. At Ichingo you could chose your mealtimes, your activities and the length and timing of those activities. We had a dedicated guide, Morvin, for the whole of our stay. In the course of our two night stay we did two afternoon boat trips to Chobe National park where we saw hundreds of elephants, lots and lots of buffalo, and plenty of hippos both in and out of the water, crocodiles, and many many different types of bird and also most of the other animals we'd seen in Etosha apart from rhinos and lions; on our first morning we did a walk around Impalila island with Morvin, which was very interesting. After a couple of hours Ernest picked us up in a vehicle and drove us to more remote parts of the island. We had a closer look at island villages and learnt a lot about life on the island; on our final morning we checked out early, cleared Namibian immigration and then Morvin took us on a boat trip around the island and down the Zambezi before taking us across to Botswana immigration at Kasane.

There was no aspect of our stay at Ichingo that I think could be improved on. Rooms, food, service, all were excellent. The lodge has a great setting above a fast flowing section of the Chobe River, just before it enters the Zambezi.

It is mainly a fishing lodge but certainly caters very well for visitors with no interest in fishing.

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Mr & Mrs LN from London
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Surprising stay at Ichingo

It is fair to say we did not know what to expect from this lodge. The short boat trip to get to the lodge is fascinating with lovely scenery, a variety of birds and a tree where numerous yellow billed storks have their nests.

We arrived and were warmly welcomed by the ever-smiling Kennedy who seems to be an institution at this lodge. The tents are classic, generously sized, large bathroom with a lovely hot shower and (bizarre but welcome) air conditioning. The tents and central area overlook the trees and then the river/rapids and there is abundant, comfortable seating in the lounge and a large dining area.

Our gentle guide, Felix, was full of information when asked about something.

The staff are all lovely and hard-working but the staff behind the bar and serving the drinks at dinner kept disappearing which caused obvious concern to many guests. On our second night a manageress appeared, poured a few glasses of wine at dinner and was not seen again. Guests on the first night dined at various tables spread around the area while on the second night everyone dined at one table. The guests ended up getting the wine from the sideboard and helping themselves which was not really a problem.

There is a problem with insects being drawn to the lights so the lights above the table are turned off and lanterns put on the balcony railings so the bugs are drawn there. We thought this worked well but upset some who wanted a close look at what they were eating. We found the food delicious. The guests were a mixture of people about to go on the Queen, those who had come for the renowned fishing and people like us who were there for the wildlife. There was one loud and difficult man who managed to upset many with his comments. No guides or management were at the dining table to help the conversation move along or deflect his comments.

Breakfast is at 8 and then you go out for a morning activity. The activities on offer are wildlife viewing from a tender, fishing, and village visit. A road trip in Chobe Park can be arranged. We tried fishing (having never done it before) by cruising up and down some of the channels: pretty and peaceful (apart from protesting hippos) but unproductive. The sunset on the water was superb. In the morning we did the wildlife boat trip which resulted in seeing more fantastic swimming elephants as well as many other animals. The tender can be slowly moved up to the animals on the river bank without disturbing them which results in some wonderful sightings (and photographic opportunities). In the afternoon we asked to go up to the Zambezi and then did more fishing on the way back which resulted in the surprise catch and release of two Tigerfish and much laughter. Sally won bragging rights!

The following morning we were taken from the lodge and through the customs procedures into Botswana and onto a Chobe Park safari which we enjoyed although that part of Chobe is very busy.

We trusted that all of the transfers would work and, apart from a minor timing hiccup, they did.

We enjoyed our stay at Ichingo as we had the chance to try different activities and enjoyed the rustic setting.

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Mrs R. from Mount Vernon
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fishing is great at Ichigo Chose River Lodge

Wonderful, met by our guide taken to the lodge, greater by Lodge manager Kennedy. Asked what we wanted to do for our stay. Did game viewing the first evening. The guys fished the rest of the time. We went with the first day, I caught a small tiger fish:) it's strictly catch and release.

I went on the hike 4 1/2 hour. Thru the village and to the big Baobab tree. And more Game viewing from the boat.

Love it there and my husband placens to come back.

Evans my guide was great, and very knowledgeable about the area.

We got lots of pictures. This time of year would be great for birders. Nesting time for the Yellow billed Stork.

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Dr M from Fort Myers
Arrived on: 3-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Ichingo Chobe River Lodge review

The food was great.

Amazing having a private guide and boat for the two of us for all of our excursions.

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Mr T & Mrs G from UK
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fabulous stay at Ichingo

What a fantastic stay at the Ichingo Chobe Lodge!! Absolutely everything - the accommodation, service, food, safaris, guides, staff, ambience, fishing - was second to none! Excellent quality. We were so impressed with the local people working there.

We were here 14 years ago and experienced the same all round fantastic service. We were thrilled to meet up with Ernest again, who had been our guide and is now the driving force behind the whole Lodge experience. It seems that after Ralph died and the family have left, Ernest has led the new team exceptionally well.

It seems that during this interim period, a new company has taken over and the new people are learning how The Lodge is run. There was a man and wife, whose presence was not in much evidence. The man ( sorry, I can't remember his name), we only met once and his wife we saw sat up at the bar to greet back the South African group of fishermen each evening. She - to be honest - seemed to have little interest in us! Other than that, they had a low profile.

As we left, we were singing the praises of Ernest and Bev appeared and agreed how much she relied on him. Our BIG concern is that even if the local people continue to be employed at Ichingo, if it is taken over by a 'Corporate', then the whole ethos will change. Not just for the island, but the Lodge visitors too. The 'family' feel is something that cannot be replaced.

We, yet again, had a truly fantastic stay and wonderful memories to bring home with us. Let's hope it doesn't change.

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Dr R & family from USA
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 4 nights
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ICHINGO

Our guide was excellent. Lodge personnel was very inexperienced, as was the new management. Service was therefore less than expected in the camp.

But on the river with Felix we had absolutely first rate service.

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Mrs B from Hampshire
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Ichingo Chobe River Lodge review

Lovely spot by the River again, large tent, but were a bit surprised to find no mosquito nets here. But there was repellant provided.

We enjoyed sitting with the other guests for the meals, they were a very diverse group and it's interesting to hear what other visitor have seen and done. ( there seems to be less of this now, I suppose the lodges are bigger, but I enjoy it and miss it!
The food was imaginative and well cooked and presented.

Felix our guide looked after us well, from Boabab tree walk, to finding a leopard on the banks on the Chobe.

The only downside is the faff getting there, walking up the hill to the immigration post in the middle of the day is a chore, as well as all the other formalities. Maybe something to be said for staying Botswana side as we did before? But the location did mostly make up for it.

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Mr & Mrs R from Surrey
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Real luxury in a magical setting

From the moment we were met by our guide in Kasane we were looked after wonderfully - he was available whenever we wanted to go on whatever activity we chose. He was knowledgeable and sensitive to our interests, a good boatman and friendly companion. We saw an amazing variety of birds and animals, including enormous herds of buffalo and elephant.

Meals were very enjoyable taken round a communal table, the food excellent. Our room was very comfortable with the sound of the rapids to lull us to sleep. Our wake up call with a fresh tray of tea was delightful.

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Mr & Mrs W-J from UK
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Ichingo Chobe River Lodge review

We and our Australian friends moved on to Ichingo for one night after the houseboat.

Tents were spacious and very comfortable with enough storage space; bathroom was large and well designed though a lick of paint wouldn’t go amiss. We only did one activity; an afternoon boat trip on which we didn’t see a huge amount but just being out on the river is a pleasure.

The fish for dinner was delicious and we really enjoyed chatting after dinner with owner Dawn and another couple – so much so that our accustomed 9pm bedtime stretched to 11.30! Unfortunately we hadn’t been told that tea and coffee would be brought to the tent in the morning so only found the tray when we set off for breakfast!

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