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Trip report Namibia/Botswana August 2004

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After having stayed with friends in Jo`burg I left for Namibia on Sunday the 8th of August. Flew Jo`burg to Kasane and then transferred by boat to Impalila Island Lodge in Namibia. The boat transfer takes app 1 hour including a stop at the Namibian border station. Got a nice room at Impalila.
Most activities are done by boat. In the afternoon we went to Chobe and did game viewing by boat. The elephant viewing is magnificent. Lots of Hippo, Buffalo, Lechwe, Impala but unfortunately no predators. The river also offers good opportunity to see really large crocodiles and water monitors. Birding is fantastic.
Back to the lodge for a really nice dinner (fresh caught bream as far as I remember). Next morning I tried my luck fishing combined with birding on the Zambezi. Caught a small Tiger (app 1 pound) and in doing so almost caught a Fish Eagle that took interest in the Tiger Fish that I had just hooked. Impalila can really be recommended. The rooms are fairly small but absolutely adequate. Beautifull views of the river and rapids and fantastic food. Impalila will respond positively to individual requests for activities.
Off to the airport and an hours flight to Susuwe Island Lodge. From the airport a 45 minute Game drive followed by a 1 minute river crossing by boat. The rooms at Susuwe are much larger with a small plunge pools overlooking the river and floodplains.
Food is superb here as well. Activities includes walks, birding or fishing on the river and game/night drives. Lots of elephants in the area and good leopard viewing. After 2 nights I left for Kwando Lagoon. First a 1 hour drive to Lianshulu Lodge (acts as Namibian border crossing station) followed by a boat ride to the Botswana border. At the border station I was picked up by the camp staff for the 15 minute ride to camp.

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