Impalila Island Lodge

Discover Fly Fishing in Namibia

Situated among towering baobab trees, the Impalila Island Lodge provides fishermen with opportunities to catch sizable tiger fish, bream and many other spices. Non-fishers can enjoy game cruises and sightings of elephants, hippos and lions.


A Variety of Casting Opportunities

A choice of fishing in the Zambezi, Chobe, Kasai or Kwando rivers as well as the Mambova rapids, and backwaters of the floodplains make the fishing opportunities hugely varied. Each river asks fishermen to use different methods in catching tiger fish presenting a fascinating learning curve for this remarkable species.

Motorised boats or mokoro (local dugout canoe) are the fishing platforms, and tiger fish are the focus. Impalila Island Lodge has a reputation as one of the most established tiger fishing lodges for big tigers on the upper Zambezi, and has been repeatedly visited by Malcolm Meintjes, author of “Tiger fish on the fly”. There are however opportunities to fish for many other species.

At least a dozen of these species such as tilapia, largemouth bream, catfish, haplochromis and African pike add another facet. The guides are very experienced and know this area of the river intimately and their river craft is second to none. Fishing from a mokoro in the Mambova rapids with elephant on the banks is truly magical. The rapid sections are not unlike fishing the gorge sections of an Icelandic river, but these fish have big teeth!

a secluded & remote retreat

Two giant baobab trees embrace and protect the main lodge, which is built from wood and thatch and elevated on stilts for uninterrupted views over the river, its islands and floodplains.

Facilities include a sitting room, viewing decks, a dining area, swimming pool and a small reference library. Mealtimes reflect their service ethos by including subtle culinary themes incorporating elements of the area, which make for a wonderful sensory fulfilment.

Eight private en-suite chalets mirror the colors of Africa in sitting room and bedroom. Each suite has a viewing deck offering privacy, tranquillity and ultimate relaxation. Impalila Island Lodge is also the most secluded and remote of the Chobe destinations but close enough to offer guests the very best of the Chobe River – which is game viewing by boat.

At Impalila Island Lodge game viewing by boat in the Chobe National Park for Africa’s big game is preferable during the mid afternoon to sunset when game comes down to the waters edge to drink. The Chobe River is but a short distance away and one of the attractions is to take a late afternoon cruise into the Kasai channel and from there into the Chobe – renowned for vast elephant herds, buffalo, lion, hippo, the rare Chobe bushbuck and puku. Elephant cross the Chobe onto Impalila Island often, and along with hippo, sitatunga can be seen from Impalila Island Lodge.

“In a little over 90 minutes I’d had three fish of a lifetime including a tigerfish of 16 lbs. This had proved to be an expedition which had exceeded my wildest expectations” J.C. – UK

a unique island

This unique island is situated at the meeting place of two mighty African rivers, the Chobe and Zambezi, and four countries, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. This is the only place in the world where four countries meet.

Impalila Island forms the north-eastern tip of Namibia and lies just 70km west of Victoria Falls. The surrounding area is an amazing mosaic of waterways, floodplains and bushveld. It is host to exceptional birdlife, game viewing and assorted vegetation – and in the waters outstanding fishing opportunities.