(7 twin-bed tents) PO Box 55, Kasane, Botswana; tel/fax: +267 6250143 (on island); fax: +267 6250223 (in Kasane town); cell: +267 713 02439; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.ichingo.com
First set up in '93, Ichingo was the idea of Dawn and Ralph Oxenham. Ralph was originally working in Livingstone, when they both embarked upon their own canoe trip from Katima Mulilo to Livingstone for one holiday. Dawn overturned her canoe in the Muwomba rapids and, exhausted and frustrated, ended up staying on the island where she had scrambled ashore. That was Impalila Island, and the inspiration for starting a lodge here.
Initially managers ran Ichingo, but in '96 Dawn and Ralph decided to refurbish and run it themselves. It stands on the south side of Impalila, just east of the Cresta Mowana and a few kilometres from Kasane. It overlooks the quiet backwaters of some of the Chobe River's rapids, and there is no noise from the mainland.
Ichingo's accommodation is walk-in Meru tents, which are more rustic than Impalila's chalets. The shower/basin/toilet are en suite, at the back under thatch, and there's a balcony at the front, overlooking the river through thick vegetation.
Activities include game viewing, birdwatching and fishing from motor-boat trips, mokoro excursions, fly-fishing in rapids, and walks around the island and along nearby floodplains. Unusually for a bush lodge, the camp actively welcomes children, even when not accompanied by adults, as craft activities can usually be organised for them.
Ichingo's large thatched bar and dining areas overlook rapids on Chobe River, and this relaxed, rustic camp makes a super base for river trips and game-viewing from boats along the Chobe River.