Sekoma Island Lodge
Sekoma Island Lodge is a lush gem hidden in the winding channels of the Mambova Rapids, above the Caprivi Strip where Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia converge. The island lies on the Zambezi River border (95kms west of Livingstone, Zambia), a remote spot of pristine natural paradise amidst the wild beauty of Africa.
Accommodation consists of airy safari tents that sleep two or four guests with each safari tent offering a full bathroom suite. The accommodation at Sekoma Lodge is set on wooden decks, granting guests wide-ranging views of the Mambova Rapids. From here, as well as on the grounds and in the boats along the river, guests can view a plethora of 400 bird species soaring in the bright sky, nesting in the dense flora, or swooping across the bubbling water.
After the first rains birds take over the island, with large flocks of Green Pigeon and Trumpeter Hornbills swooping the canopies, and Waterfowl, raptors, heron, bee-eaters, Turacos, and African Finfoot descending on the area. Migratory birds from across the world can be spotted in the summer months when they come to the island to breed. The staff at the lodge have a vast knowledge of the birdlife and happily escort guests on birdwatching tours around the island.
On the ground, close-up game viewing is on offer with various game present on the open floodplains such as lion, impala, buffalo, hippo, and sable antelope, to name a few. In the dryer months (September to November) herds of elephant cross the Chobe River in their numbers, in what is truly an unforgettable experience. The lodge also offers sunset game viewing cruises on the Zambezi and the Chobe Rivers where guests can spot leopard drinking at the banks of the river, as well as huge crocodiles, which bask on the banks during the winter months. Full and half day trips can also be arranged to the nearby Chobe National Park.
The fishing is the true jewel of this paradise. Sekoma is located on the Mambova Rapids on a stretch of river that experiences annual flooding. This natural phenomenon stocks the area with large numbers of insects, crustaceans, gorgeous exotic flora, and most importantly, fish. The waters surrounding the lodge are filled with fierce trophy Tigerfish, large Tilapia, a variety of bream species, and African Pike. A variety of fishing methods can be used, however fly-fishing and lure fishing are the most popular. With an adventurous spirit in their hearts, fishermen can explore the quiet backwaters of the island where bream such as Greenhead Tilapia and Pink Happies thrive or venture down the bubbling rapids, coming face-to-face with spectacular sporting fish. Sekoma offer 12 boats, powered by 60hp motors. Angling takes place on fully carpeted, fibreglass bass boats that have specially modified snag-free decks for fly fishermen. The rapids can be accessed from mid-July through to December by Ark Inflatable Boats. The lodge’s superb guides will ensure a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
After a long day fishing, game viewing, or birdwatching, guests can retire to the main boma where they’ll be served first-class meals around the fire, under a sprawling African night sky. Perhaps the most satisfying part of the trip happens at the end of the night, when guests are slowly falling asleep on luxurious beds, full and tired from the day’s activity, listening to the sounds of nocturnal birdlife and the gentle hush of the river. The sounds of an African hymn.
Sekoma Island Lodge is accessible via road or plane. Guests can fly from Johannesburg to Livingstone Airport. From here guests will be transferred by road to the village of Mambova, a trip that takes about an hour and 20 minutes. At the Mambova jetty, a boat will take guests across the river on a scenic 15 minute cruise. Self-drivers can park their vehicles at the Sekoma offices and transfer across the island by both road and then boat.
Rates: From R 2 650 pppn (price subject to increases)
Full board, laundry service, boat, 20ltr fuel, river guide, mineral waters,
VAT, Bar Account, Extra Fuel, gratuities & items of personal nature, fishing tackle/equipment (hire available @ ZAR 150 per outfit per day) Transfers
Halaal options available.