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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Sekoma island is not just about the natural beauty it's about the people from the security staff to hospitality and the guides, management are ever present and only happy to oblige the most trivial of requests, Sekoma is home away from home and on my return for the umpteenth time home is always a place you just know is right. The fishing is superb the Mozi is always cold and the experience is exceptional.

Date of stay: November 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
2  Thank jmd2804
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Sekoma Island and Ilombe Island Lodges are a great spot for some incredible tiger fishing. We stayed at Ilombe, the smaller (5 rooms) to and supposedly slightly more rustic lodge on the island adjacent to Sekoma. Having boated across one afternoon to see Sekoma, Ilombe certainly fulfilled our requirements. What we were there for, of course, was the fishing. Although the tigers weren't falling over themselves to get into the boat, some amazing fish were caught by all the boats in camp. The boats are comfortable, well maintained, and the guides knowledgeable and very helpful. Two of our highlights were a full day trip into the upper reaches of the river (the picnic lunch we took with was great as well) as well as doing a run through the rapids. On the lodge side of things - there were some things that could do with some focus though. We arranged a road transfer from Kasane which was by far the best plan as it removed all the stress of crossing the border from Botswana as well as a speed boat to get across the river. The transfer vehicle though is a Chinese import and is certainly not in the best condition. On the other side it is only a short road and then boat transfer to the lodge. Arrival at the lodge was a bit disorganized, almost as though we weren't expected which got me a little nervous. The staff are very friendly, but the levels of service are pretty variable depending on which waiter is on duty. The manager was pretty much non existent, only really appearing halfway through dinner for a beer and some food. Being in the industry, these things are maybe an over expectation from my part, and, although would improve the level of the lodge, certainly were not a major detractor either. Highlights from the lodge were certainly getting laundry done while we were there, although some things did go missing and no real effort was made to replace them. By far the best part though was the food. Basic, but done well, and a lodge full of hungry fishermen were certainly fell fed. My travelling partner is gluten intolerant and the lodge went out of the way to make sure that she always had an alternative, which was great. We stayed in Room 3, which was quite nicely hidden away from the pathways and main lodge areas without being too far to haul fishing stuff. A little pathway through the bushes and a deck looking out over the river would turn this room into an incredible location.

Overall, one of the better fishing lodges along this stretch of the river, and we will certainly be returning!

Room tip: Specifically request NOT to be in Room 5 - it looks out directly on to the pool, main area, and entrance pathway.
Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank FlyFishExplorer
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Spend 5 wonderful days with great friends, 3rd trip to sister lodge ilombe awesome service and great stay
Fishing was tuff, however buddies caught 6 to 13 pound tigers on afrijig and fly.
Fishing guides were awesome and Morgan was the star.
Highlight was fishing off the dingies on the rapids

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
1  Thank EbiP_12
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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

It's a slice of heaven this place! We fished hard and caught some 12, 14 and 15 pounders. The tents are very comfortable, clean with great showers. The food was wholesome and delicious. All the staff were generally very friendly and the guides very accommodating. We will definitely be back to slay some more monster fish!

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank Scamp1307
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

Although this review is rather late I believe it is still relative.
Just to be on the mighty Zambezi river is one thing but to stay on a private Island leaves you so relaxed you do not want to go back to city life.
The camp itself offers excellent accommodation in luxury tents with on suite facilities situated right on the banks of the river.
The whole staff whether it be the camp manager, catering and bar or the fishing boat crews always greet you with a huge smile. Nothing is too much trouble for them and everyone really goes out of there way to ensure that you stay is one to remember. I have stayed in other lodges in this region which are also of high quality, but there is just that little bit of magic which makes this camp stick out.
The rustic open air dining area also adds to the atmosphere. The food and helpings are always enjoyed by a group of hungry fishermen who been out all day trying to catch the elusive Tiger Fish.
After dinner a night cap at the bar along with stories of what and did not happen that day abound. Then it's time for a good night sleep in a comfy bed and thinking of tomorrows new adventures.
Besides the fishing, the bird life viewing is great along with abundant game. In fact there is even a small herd of Elephant which stay on Sekoma Island.
As stated earlier this review is rather late but suffice to say our group of six are on our way their for another visit this weekend.

Date of stay: September 2015
2  Thank ian m
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