“On seeing several herds of elephant, totaling more than 150, converge on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana, frolicking in the water, drinking and feeding, I knew that it was one of those special game experiences of a lifetime. Add to this the vantage point of a very comfortable houseboat, a gin and tonic in hand, and some good company with whom to marvel at this sighting, and it was a special getaway experience too.” This is how Tanya Kovarsky from Food & Home Entertaining describes her first impression of the Ichobezi Houseboat and Ichingo River Lodge.

Indeed, these two gems of the Chobe provide an unforgettable experience to those who wish to discover the real beauty of Africa. Impalila Island, where the Ichingo River Lodge is located, is where four Southern African countries – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. Both this tranquil island and the Chobe River, where the Ichobezi Houseboats roam, are fantastic locations to see elephants, hippos, crocodiles as well as impressive bird life.

“Lion and leopard are often spotted along the river banks too. Aside from the occasional boat that goes past, there are virtually no obstacles here and you can see huge expanses of bush and water in every direction. And herein lies another X-factor to this water safari experience – the vastness and seemingly endless scenery” Tanya explains.

In addition to the tranquility and spectacular setting, Tanya – being a food reviewer – praises the decadent food fare at Ichingo: “As 70 percent of the lodge’s guests are return visitors there are extensive menu options to enable them to experience as much as possible. The food is certainly a highlight here, and is fresh and flavorful. We loved the daily freshly baked bread and rolls, and the fact that most of the vegetables are grown on the island.”

A stay at the lodge and on an Ichobezi safari boat can be described as homely and relaxing, yet luxurious at the same time. No wonder Tanya calls the experience a “soul safari”.

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