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May 2010 satellite view of the Zambezi floodplain, west of the Zambezi-Chobe confluency, showing Impalila Island on the right edge of the picture.

Impalila (sometimes spelt Mpalila) is an island at the far eastern tip of Namibia, bounded on the north by the waters of the Zambezi river and on the south by the Chobe River. It is home to some 300 people in 25 small villages,[1] including Tswanas (from Botswana) and Subia people (from Namibia).[2]

Impalila is usually accessed from Kasane in Botswana, on the other bank of the Chobe River. There is a Namibian customs and immigration post on the island. There is also an airport with a 1,300 metre runway, used for charter flights to bring tourists to the various lodges on the island. The airport is a relic of a military base used in the 1980s by the South African Defence Forces, strategically positioned within sight of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.[1]

Impalila is a led by a chief who has the power to give land to the people in need.


  1. ^ a b Chris McIntyre (2010). Botswana. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 193–193. ISBN 978-1-84162-308-5. 
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Coordinates: 17°47′00″S 25°13′24″E / 17.78333°S 25.22333°E / -17.78333; 25.22333