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at Sekoma Island Lodge

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... by the well-trained fishing guides. Watched elephant from the main lodge deck and recorded just over 100 bird species including breeding Western Banded Snake eagle and Olive woodpecker. Swimming/splash pool crystal clear. Food fantastic considering the distance they have to travel for supplies.
... by the well-trained fishing guides. Watched elephant from the main lodge deck and recorded just over 100 bird species including breeding Western Banded Snake eagle and Olive woodpecker. Swimming/splash pool crystal clear. Food fantastic considering the distance they have to travel for supplies.
... family at home or brag about a catch! The fishing went well, more for some that others but at least everyone in our group caught. Also a small pool that is great to cool off after a day in the sun. Another great service is the laundry that gets done every night. That helped a lot. One person...

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Tockus2 wrote a review Jul 2018
Pretoria, South Africa128 contributions85 helpful votes
I had the privilage of visiting Sekoma Island Lodge with a group of friends. Although some of us did not catch any tigerfish, most did land a swimming dog from the Zambezi River with size ranging from 7 pounds to 18 pounds as measured by the well-trained fishing guides. Watched elephant from the main lodge deck and recorded just over 100 bird species including breeding Western Banded Snake eagle and Olive woodpecker. Swimming/splash pool crystal clear. Food fantastic considering the distance they have to travel for supplies.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tockus2 wrote a review Sep 2017
Pretoria, South Africa128 contributions85 helpful votes
I had the privilage of visiting Sekoma Island Lodge with a group of friends. Although some of us did not catch any tigerfish, most did land a swimming dog from the Zambezi River with size ranging from 7 pounds to 18 pounds as measured by the well-trained fishing guides. Watched elephant from the main lodge deck and recorded just over 100 bird species including breeding Western Banded Snake eagle and Olive woodpecker. Swimming/splash pool crystal clear. Food fantastic considering the distance they have to travel for supplies.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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BillNel wrote a review Apr 2017
Kempton Park, South Africa40 contributions1 helpful vote
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This was a wonderful trip and I can highly recommend it. We had a fantastic time. We enjoyed the food a lot, not 5 star but I enjoyed every meal. Nothing beats a good braai when you are from South Africa! There is also Wifi to get some messages out and phone coverage should you wish to keep in touch with family at home or brag about a catch! The fishing went well, more for some that others but at least everyone in our group caught. Also a small pool that is great to cool off after a day in the sun.

Another great service is the laundry that gets done every night. That helped a lot. One person in our group forgot a large some of cash in his pocket and it was duly returned by the laundry people. The staff is great.

My son cleaned us up during the week and caught 8 Tigers, biggest being 16 lb! The guides were great and knowledgeable, the boats in very good condition and the rental gear they had were up to the task. No complaints there. We will definitely go again.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Garreth C, Director of Sales at Sekoma Island Lodge
Responded 18 Apr 2017
Good Day Bill Thank you very much for the positive feedback. Please can you send us some pics of your fish. info@sekoma.co.za Tight Lines Garreth Coombes
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Michael A wrote a review Jan 2016
Durban, South Africa43 contributions26 helpful votes
We had an amazing time at the lodge. The service levels were beyond expectation. The fishing guides were professional, knowledgeable and very friendly. Their knowledge of the fishing methods and also the bird life was more than one could hope for.
The rooms are well appointed and have fans which are essential.
There is an excellent laundry service.
The swimming pool is a must in the hot weather.
The food is good and three meals are provided a day with the staff being more than willing to accommodate you.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dave W wrote a review May 2014
Melbourne, Australia250 contributions68 helpful votes
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There are two main routes to get to Sekoma Island. The easiest is to fly into Livingstone and take the 90 minute transfer to the island, or you can fly to Kasane on SA Express and come through Kazungula from Botswana into Zambia, then take the transfer for about 40 minutes to the island. Once you reach the Mambova village, it is a short 5 minute boat trip though the channels to get to the island.
I have been here a number of times. The lodge’s main claim to fame is Tiger and Bream fishing, and if you are looking for some tight lines these are the waters to come to. There is nothing more thrilling than being on the river and hearing the scream of your reel. The lodge is within a few minutes boat ride of the main Zambezi River and Kasai Channel that runs through to the Chobe River.
But don’t let the fact that this is a fishing lodge distract you from going if you are a keen fisherman but do not wish to eat drink and sleep fishing (kinda like myself). The lodge adequately caters for ladies looking for some relaxation too. Beautiful scenery, a lovely pool and super deck looking over the river.

The main fishing season is May to September. This is predominantly when the die-hard fisherman are there, so if you are looking for a little more peace and quiet take this into consideration. I go late in December most years so I can avoid the December chaos in my own coastal home town, although the fishing is a bit slow due to the silt in the water, you can still catch your fair share of Tiger’s, but you have the pleasure of a quiet lodge (note at this time of the year you are fishing with Bulldogs aka Zambezi bait fish).The time spent out on the water is magical, there is something about the African sky in this part of the world that just blows me away every time.

The accommodation is made up of two sleeper canvas tents, with your own wooden deck looking onto the rapids running past the lodge. They are simply furnished and have electricity.

The bathrooms are enclosed at the back of the tent (note that they are roofed but open at the top, so make sure you keep your bathroom door shut at night otherwise little Africa creatures will find their way into your room).

Unit 1 is right next to the dining area (units 1-3 have the outside boma behind them) and unit 9 is the furthest down the path. There are also two or three 6 sleeper tents towards the end of the path. Mosquito repellent and insect spray is provided in all the tents, as well as a small tea and coffee station. Water is complementary.

This is the wilderness so you need to treat it as such. Hippos are resident around the island and wander about at their own discretion; as do the elephants. So always be aware of your surroundings and have a good torch with you at night.

The staff are amazing, Peter and Calvin look after your every need. The fishing boats are equipped for two fisherman and are new and well maintained. The fishing guides are superb (I had Gift last time and he was great once he warmed up to us) and they will tie your hooks, open your beers and try find you the best spots to increase your chances of landing the big one! You’ll love skimming across the water hunting down those Tiger’s with a few cold Mosi’s in the cooler box.

Take time out and do a guided walk around the island to get up close and personal with the Hippo’s; lounge by the pool after your morning fishing session, and catch up on a good book on the balcony of your tent.

Drinks prices are reasonable given their logistical distance from Livingstone, the food is hearty and plentiful! A Mosi beer was about R17 when I was there last December.

I love it here, it has the special essence of the true Africa we all should seek out.
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Date of stay: December 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Room 9 is the furthest from the communal area
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