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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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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

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