Sekoma / Ilombe Island Lodges
Sekoma and Ilombe Island Lodges
No of Days
Caprivi Strip, (Zambezi Border with Namibia)
Low-Season: February to May
Mid-Season June to September
High Season: October to January
Tigerfish ~ Tilapia ~ Bream ~ Catfish ~ African Pike
Adventure fishing on Chobe and Zambezi Rivers
SEKOMA: $285 p/person, p/night *
ILOMBE: $275 p/person, p/night *
Prices based on min. 2 persons. Child discounts
Suggested minimum 4 days
Lodges & ‘Safari-style’ Tents on the Zambezi
On the banks of the Zambezi, close to the confluence with the Chobe, lie Sekoma and Ilombe Island Lodges. A “Robinson Crusoe” island, it teems with indigenous fauna and abundant flora and boasts more than 70 different fish species.
The waters surrounding Sekoma Island are only navigable by mokoro (dugout boat) except the northern point area which has been converted into the Lodge’s harbour and clients, therefore, have total exclusivity.
At Sekoma there are 8 twin and 2 four sleeper tented suites. Ilombe has 5 twin tents and each can be easily converted in to one queen-size double or two singles. All ‘Safari-style’ tents have twin beds, en-suite bathroom facilities and are raised on wooden decking, each with their own breathtaking view of the Zambezi River.
At Sekoma, there is a main Boma (Place of Fire), where sometimes guests dine under the stars alongside the river. At night whilst eating dinner or having a drink around the fire, the atmosphere is echoed by owls calling and hippos doing their grunting and snorting. The Boma also has a fully stocked bar and there is a second fireplace close to the communal area where guests can sit around in the winter, warming their hands while waiting to start the day’s fishing.
Ilombe has a spacious communal / dining area, lounge and wooden deck with built-in fire place, that extends out to Zambezi River. In the communal area we have a fully stocked bar and wicker sofas to relax on.
Breakfasts are served from 5.30am onwards, but a packed breakfast can be arranged to take with you on the boats. Lunch and dinner are served in the communal area or around the Boma/Braai pit in the evenings.
With an infinite diversity of flora and fauna around every corner, this river is a professional and amateur photographer’s dream. Crocodile, buffalo, antelope, birds and (occasionally) lions roam the banks of the Chobe and hippos are hiding around every corner.
After a hard day on the water, enjoy a sun downer drink whilst watching elephants drinking from the nearest sand bank, under an African sunset.
Travellers must note that on entering Zambia immigration, they may be asked to present an up-to-date YELLOW FEVER vaccination certificate. This is now law in Zambia.
The Lower Zambezi is a malaria affected area so appropriate prophylactic like Malarone is advisable.
At point of entry into Zambia, you will be required to buy a tourist visa. A single entry is approx. 50$USD and a double entry visa is 80$USD. If entering through Botswana, a visa is not required until on Zambian soil.
Anglers arrive at Kasane Airport in Botswana or Livingstone in Zambia. Transfers from either airport will be arranged for you. British Airways or South African Airways have daily flights from/via O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg.
For those wishing to travel onwards to a different country, transfers can be arranged for an extra fee.
Day 1: Arrive at your accommodation at approx. 1/2pm in the afternoon. Depart for an afternoon activity, either fishing for the evening or go on a game cruise on the river.
Day 2 Onwards: Fishing every day, starting from 5.30/6am each morning. Arrange times with your private guides throughout the day and choose which parts of the river you wish to fish.
Final Day: Depart lodge in the morning by boat to the Zambian or Botswana land borders. Transfer to your departure airport or next onward destination.