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Ichobezi House Boat

Rating: Mid-range   |   PRICES FROM: £235 - £335 pp full board
Ichobezi House Boat is a great chance to spend a night on the water enjoy the surrounding scenery.

Ichobezi House Boats are two state of the art luxury safari boats moored at Impalila Island where the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers meet at the end of Namibia's Caprivi Strip. The boats have 4 spacious twin en-suite cabins for guest use, with sliding windows opening onto the water. Each room has a transparent mosquito screen. Each bedroom has an electricity supply.

Each boat has a plunge pool where guests can cool off. and chilled refreshments are always on hand. The onboard chef prepares fine African cuisine tailored to clients' needs.

Guests on the Ichobezi can enjoy a range of activities including game viewing from the comfort of the boat or from the 2 tenderboats, birding and fishing, cultural tours of local villages or simply relaxing on board the boat.

The boats are based at Ichingo River Lodge where you can also overnight.

Open:  All year.

Location:  The houseboats are moored on the Chobe River. They cruise on both the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. Guests for the houseboats will be met at Kasane by one of the small tender boats and check in at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge before being transferred to their houseboat.

Rooms:  Each houseboat has 4 twin cabins, with built-in storage space and en-suite facilities comprising a shower, hand basin and toilet. The cabins have large sliding windows offering wonderful views of the ever-changing scenery.

Activities:  Cruising on the Chobe River and Zambezi River, viewing animals, birds and scenery from the top deck. Guests can also try their hand at fishing. The Zambezi is known for its tiger fish and bream. It is also possible to take sunset cruises and bird watching trips in the tender boats that accompany the houseboat on the cruise. Guests can visit local fishing communities.

Facilities:  The houseboats are very similar in design. They have a top deck with a lounge and bar with comfy seating and a shaded area. The other part of the deck is open to the sky. There is also a small plunge pool on this deck. Each houseboat has dedicated tender boats.  

Dining:  Meals are eaten communally on the dining deck.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome on the houseboats.

Health: This is a malarial area. 

Communication:  There no land line on the island, but mobile reception may be possible with a Botswana sim card. 

Eco Rating 4 globes

This property completed Tribes' audit on their social and environmental responsibility. Water usage, pollution, land use, ownership, commitment to conservation, links with local communities, and staff welfare are all researched.

We awarded them the eco-rating seen here. You can use these eco-ratings to tell whether a property has their heart in the right place or not. Places which care about the impact they have on the people and environment around them will usually go the extra mile for you too!

5/5 = One of the real heroes of the travel industry! This place makes a real difference.
4/5 = Caring for their people and environment is very important to them.
3/5 = Making a real effort in some important areas.

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