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Xugana Island Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

- Water-based safari activities only
- Situated on the Xugana Lagoon
- Outstanding bird-watching opportunities
- Incredible views from guest chalets

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Overview

Situated on a private concession beside the Xugana Lagoon along the Okavango Delta, Xugana Island Lodge boasts a spectacular view of a permanent water site that quenches the thirst of the Kalahari Desert sands and the migrant birds and reptiles that inhabit it. It is a safari experience that cherishes the opportunity to get up close and personal to the diverse nature the area attracts.

Xugana Island Lodge is a water-based camp. As such, safari game drives are not possible. However, the camp offers many other water-based activities that focus on bringing guests closer to the wilderness of the surrounding life-giving waters. Professional guides navigate guests through waterways as they explore the Okavango by canoe or by motorboat and along the various islands on nature walks. The camp offers guests a great chance to track the larger species that inhabit the areas around the water and provides exceptional bird-watching opportunities. With water based activities only, this is not the place to come for guaranteed sightings, which are generally much easier to come across from a 4WD. Catch and release fishing for bream and tiger fish is a unique activity to the camp, but something guests can do only during specific times of the year.

A maximum of 16 guests can be accommodated at the camp at any one time, which makes the experience feel very personal and private. Hidden among the riverine trees of Xugana Island, the main lodge features a swimming pool that is located within the mature gardens in the Island’s centre. Its lounge and bar areas are set beneath an Ebony and African Mangosteen tree canopy in open-sided thatched structures. An open boma and al-fresco dining area overlooks the gorgeous expanse of the permanent Delta. All of this is designed to break down the barriers between home and the wilderness beyond whilst also using that nature to create a very intimate and secluded space that is perfect for relaxing.

The camp’s 8 chalets are twin-bedded and have en-suite bathrooms. The chalets, which are luxuriously large raised reed and thatched, face the lagoon beneath the shaded fringe of the island and feature sliding glass doors and teak private viewing decks so guests can look out over the great vistas from the comfort of their own living space. The camp does not have a family unit, which means that only one child under the age of 12 years can share a room with their parents. Families with more than one child under the age of 12 years must split up into separate tents: one adult per child. Only children over the age of 6 years are welcome, and families with children between the ages of 6 and 11 must book private activities at an additional cost.

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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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