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Island Impalila Island

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Located in Namibia :: Four Nations  :: Kasane Area
Category: Land Mark :: Island

You'll find Impalila Island at the most easterly tip of the Namibia's Zambezi region. This island is formed by the confluence of the Zambesi and Chobe rivers to the north and south respectively, and the Kasai Channel to the west. Its name means 'the far
away place' and it's here that four countries meet (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe); supposedly, the only place in the world where this occurs.

Once a military base for the South African Defence Force, Impalila island now forms part of the Impalila Conservancy. It's home to the Lozi tribe of Namibia who live in villages and settlements spread across the island. Although located in Namibia, the closest town to Impalila Island is Botswana's Kasane, and access to the island's lodges is by plane, or boat from the Kasane Immigration Office.

Traveller Description

There's no bridge to the island so visitors have to fly in or take a boat from Kasane. There are no vehicle ferries, the few vehicles on the island belong mainly to the lodges there. There's parking for visitors' vehicles at the Kasane Immigration office; guests have to clear immigration on both on the Botswana and Namibia side.

There are just two lodges on the island, both offer excellent game viewing on the Chobe river by boat, or the peace and quiet of a mokoro ride for excellent birding opportunities. The Mambova rapids on the Zambesi river boast excellent bream and tiger fishing. The lodges also offer guided walks and cultural visits to the villages.

Contact
Address :  Zambezi (Caprivi), Namibia
Cellphone Reception :  Intermittent Main Cellular Network :  Orange. B Mobile

Destination Information
Basic Food Supplies Lodging Airstrip

Activities
Fishing Bird Watching

Travelling Information

Self Drive Access :  No

There's a immigration / customs post at the entrance harbour on the Chobe side - +267 625 0252.

There's a clinic on the Zambezi side.

There are two lodges in the area Ichingo Chobe River Lodge on the Chobe side Impalila Island Lodge on the Zambezi side.

No fuel available on the island.

 Travel Tip!

There are no real roads although there are tracks all over and the Island can only be accessed by boat or by air. There are 2 spaza shops (but they mainly sell beer). Fishing and birding are excellent on the island.


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