Impalila Island Lodge

Here at the tip of Namibia, there are quite a few anomalies. Why does the Kwando become the Linyanti River; and why then does the Linyanti become the Chobe River? And which country are you in if you're lounging on the pool deck, sipping a gin and tonic while an elephant blocks out the setting sun at Impalila Island Lodge? Is it Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe or Namibia?

Our rating: 5/5 Stars
Location: Caprivi, Namibia

Accommodation Description

Confusing as these posers might be, you'll have plenty of time to ponder them on your boat transfer to this island of plenty; and even more time once you get there. Sixteen luxurious suites, built on raised wooden platforms, are shaded by a generous covering of green and the large verandahs look out over the passing river - or confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers if you're a stickler for accuracy.

The main lodge is built around an ancient baobab tree and features a massive pool deck and a thatched, open-sided living area that will have you thinking you're a monarch of some bounteous realm where everyone is at your service - including the creatures of the wild.

Food and wine are high on the list of priorities at Impalila Island Lodge and you'll be treated to a variety of venues and a world of tastes that will only exacerbate your megalomania.


Private verandahs; swimming pool; bar; curio shop; reference library; lounge and dining area; laundry service; airstrip; immigration and boat transfer


Game drives; water safaris; birding; river cruises; guided walks; fishing; community visits; scenic flights; day trips to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park

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