Impalila Island
Impalila Island
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MumbaiRiders
By MumbaiRiders
Impalila Island
3.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2022
Tourists are allowed a day visit to Impalila Island in Namibia without a visa as this island is easily accessible from Kasane in Botswana than from Namibia and hence just decided to have a boat ride and examine what was the specialty of a small Island named Impalila situated on the Chobe river .Tourists are given a one day permit and the immigration office opens at 0800 hrs and closes at 1545 and hence a tourist should return from Impilila island before closure of the Immigration office at 1545 hrs.If you overstay then there is a hefty fine.Next hurdle was getting a speed boat taxi as being a Sunday there was almost negligible local passenger's except for a few tourists who hired private boats and others visiting some other island on the Chobe river.At the Jetty inquired for a boat taxi and finally a Boat driver arriving with a canoe speedboat full of passengers from another island agreed to ferry me to Impalila Island as he had space for just one passenger .Finally at 1125 hrs we left Kasane Boat jetty and headed to Impalila Island.Finally at 1140 hrs arrived on Impalila Island, a speed boat journey of just 15 minutes. Was totally disappointed on stepping ashore on Impalila Island as it just seemed a barren Island with a lone bull grazing on the grassland near the boat jetty.Told the boat driver i would be just visiting the immigration and returning soon for without passengers getting the return boat back to Kasane would be difficult.From the boat jetty had to walk up the island along a rocky path in the hot blazing Sun and luckily the "Namibia Cutom/Immigration" was not a very long walk from the boat jetty.The Namibian Immigration officer stamped my entry/exit at the same time and told me that a vehicle was required to visit the small villages located in the interior of this island.Tourists usually did this and some stayed on the island..Finally at 1210 hrs was back from Namibia to Botswana,my shortest trip and shortest stay in another country.In less than a hour had travelled between two Countries.Got my entry into Botswana stamped at the " Boat Jetty Immigration Counter" and could join "Braggers Rights Club" of having travelled between two different country's in a span of less than a hour. Unless you are in a large group having private transport or pre-hired a taxi or a trekking hobbyist or just a intention for "Braggers Rights Club" admission its worth visiting this desert Island.

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MumbaiRiders
Mumbai, India1 793 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Tourists are allowed a day visit to Impalila Island in Namibia without a visa as this island is easily accessible from Kasane in Botswana than from Namibia and hence just decided to have a boat ride and examine what was the specialty of a small Island named Impalila situated on the Chobe river .Tourists are given a one day permit and the immigration office opens at 0800 hrs and closes at 1545 and hence a tourist should return from Impilila island before closure of the Immigration office at 1545 hrs.If you overstay then there is a hefty fine.Next hurdle was getting a speed boat taxi as being a Sunday there was almost negligible local passenger's except for a few tourists who hired private boats and others visiting some other island on the Chobe river.At the Jetty inquired for a boat taxi and finally a Boat driver arriving with a canoe speedboat full of passengers from another island agreed to ferry me to Impalila Island as he had space for just one passenger .Finally at 1125 hrs we left Kasane Boat jetty and headed to Impalila Island.Finally at 1140 hrs arrived on Impalila Island, a speed boat journey of just 15 minutes. Was totally disappointed on stepping ashore on Impalila Island as it just seemed a barren Island with a lone bull grazing on the grassland near the boat jetty.Told the boat driver i would be just visiting the immigration and returning soon for without passengers getting the return boat back to Kasane would be difficult.From the boat jetty had to walk up the island along a rocky path in the hot blazing Sun and luckily the "Namibia Cutom/Immigration" was not a very long walk from the boat jetty.The Namibian Immigration officer stamped my entry/exit at the same time and told me that a vehicle was required to visit the small villages located in the interior of this island.Tourists usually did this and some stayed on the island..Finally at 1210 hrs was back from Namibia to Botswana,my shortest trip and shortest stay in another country.In less than a hour had travelled between two Countries.Got my entry into Botswana stamped at the " Boat Jetty Immigration Counter" and could join "Braggers Rights Club" of having travelled between two different country's in a span of less than a hour. Unless you are in a large group having private transport or pre-hired a taxi or a trekking hobbyist or just a intention for "Braggers Rights Club" admission its worth visiting this desert Island.
Written 16 October 2022
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Gale L
Brighton, UK321 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We stayed at Ichingo Lodge and their manager very kindly gave us a tour of the island and took us to see the new bridge being built between Botswana and Namibia - we walked for about 5kms in the bush and learnt a lot about the Island and its people. The next morning he showed us their Health Centre and School and then we visit the 2000 year plus Baobab Tree which was incredible. Definitely worth visiting the island to see the tree.
Written 8 January 2020
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RobertFGCarter
Fareham, UK1 480 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
If you want to understand the concept of 'taking control of borders' then this is the trip for you. Boat from hotel to office, fill in emigration form, get passport stamped, back in boat, travel further downstream to another office on the Namibian side, fill in immigration form, get passport stamped. walk 1km to village look around maybe buy a souvenir then reverse procedure with offices, passports and stamping. All inside 2 hours. Good to see and authentic village and talk to our Namibian guide about local customs and way of life. Mud huts in the main, some with satellite dishes! Worth doing once.
Written 19 April 2019
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pshurd
Everywhere USA968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Impalila Island was amazing. Cruises on Zambezi & Chobe were perfect! It is in a perfect setting to view birds, the Chobe NP coast & to stop for lunch at The Raft!
Written 17 June 2018
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DisneyKenzo
Orlando, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
We were traveling to chose savanna lodge and had to go through the Namibia border located in this island. The service was amazing and fast on the way there and back!
Written 23 November 2017
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Ben R
Orlando, FL13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Our only experience here was walking to the immigration office from the boat but is was peaceful and safe.
Written 21 November 2017
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Travelbug2170
Johannesburg, South Africa42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016
An island on the eastern tip of Namibia. About 12km in length and 6km in width. It has about 30 villages and an airport. You will see a 2000 year old baobab tree. A risky climb up the tree and when you reach the top, you can see the point in the river where Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia meet. The locals are very friendly. Their living is very simple...mud huts, subsistence farming, schools and little shops.
Written 25 March 2017
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June H
Clansthal4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Had awesome trip...boys caught many Tiger Fish....landed a few...but released.
Rooms have awesome view of rapids...Food great....trip to Big Baobab a must
Written 24 January 2016
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413march
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Beautiful and tranquil! lots of bird life, hippos and crocodiles, and tiger fish jumping into the boat! come here for and awesome getaway.
Written 22 January 2016
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AJandMR
Scottsdale, AZ120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
The island is at the east end of Namibia's Caprivi Strip, between Botswana and Zambia, and is a result as well as victim of colonial history. Today, its residents are trying to develop a tourist economy which will provide employment for more of its population, a tall order for any locale, but more so due to the island's semi-isolation and the long struggle by its people for independence from colonial rule. Impalalila Island's people have a story to tell, and a lovely Zambezi River location to work from. The key to their success with a tourist economy will lie in their ability to be open and warm with outsiders, develop the natural beauty of their island, and tell their story with pride in their achievements--all of this plus provide attractive and quality accommodations. This is a difficult but achievable goal, and we wish them well.
Written 13 November 2015
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