Reasons to Visit
Etosha, Damaraland and the Caprivi Strip provide a fantastic array of wildlife. Lion, cheetah and leopard are all present in significant numbers, while desert adapted elephant and rhino are virtually endemic. To appreciate all this from your own vehicle is a bonus, but there is also first-class guiding to enjoy.
The Namib Naukluft National Park boasts some of the most iconic desert scenery anywhere in the world. Sossusvlei is the most accessible area, where enormous sand dunes overlook the ethereal vleis below. Clamber up one of these dunes for highly photogenic scenes, the desert stretching away in endless ripples constantly reshaped by the winds.
The Namibian coastline is desolate and beautiful in equal measure. Roaring dunes collide with the sea and whale bones and ship wrecks litter the shores. Kayaking amongst seals, catamaran cruises, day trips exploring the dune sea and scenic flights are just a few ways to explore this incredible area.
Namibia is a vast, stunning and sparsely populated country. It is a fabulous country to explore and a self-drive holiday offers the freedom to move at your own pace but still enjoy the activities on offer at each destination.
A nomadic people, living in small settlements in remote northern Namibia, the Himba are one of Africa’s most interesting demographic groups. Largely unaffected by the modern world and highly photogenic in their distinctive dress, their society is based around cattle herding. An excursion to meet them feels uncommonly authentic and unforced.
Namibia is one of Africa’s most scenically varied countries, veering from desert, canyons and bleak coastlines to mountains, salt pans and lush waterways. With so many inspiring landscapes you must visit more than once to appreciate the sheer grandeur. Namibia is so sparsely populated that these wonderful backdrops are allowed space to realise their full cinematic potential.
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Small, intimate and very comfortable, the Ichingo River Lodge is tucked into the riverine forest and thus peaceful and secluded.
Small, intimate and very comfortable, the Ichingo River Lodge is privately owned by Ralph and Dawn Oxenham who are also still involved with managing the lodge.
The lodge is situated about ten minutes by boat from Kasane on the south side of Impalila Island. The Chobe River rapids run in the quiet backwaters past the lodge which is tucked into the riverine forest and thus peaceful and secluded.
The main area is thatched and has a lovely living and dining room overlooking the rapids on the Chobe River. At night the paths and dining room are lit with lanterns which reflect and twinkle in the water.
There are eight Meru style tents situated along the river. The tents are basic but comfortable and have en suite bathrooms and decks which look through the forest to the water.
From the lodge you will be able to enjoy boat trips on the Chobe River and guided walks on the island. The Chobe River attracts large numbers of game especially in the dry season including elephant, buffalo, hippo and various antelope. Bird watching is excellent in the area with over 400 species.
About 12 kilometres in length and 6 kilometres in width, Impalila Island lies in the middle of the Zambezi River. It is dotted with small villages and is a good place to see a variety of game and birdlife.
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