Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a small, exclusive lodge located on an island surrounded by the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Originally built in the 1980s primarily as a fishing lodge, it is one of the oldest lodges in the delta and is now operated by Desert and Delta Safaris. The lodge has nine chalets each with their own private deck, and it focuses on water activities and birding opportunities. The water is very deep here, so this is not a prime game-viewing area. Elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile may be seen, but otherwise big game is scarce.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
Nxamaseri Lodge sits on an island in the "Panhandle" of the Okavango Delta.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT NXAMASERI ISLAND LODGE:
The main area is open-plan with a thatched roof. It comprises a lounge, dining area and small library. There is a large deck outside, and some steps which lead to the jetty where guests arrive. The nine spacious chalets are made of brick and thatch and are open at the front. They have en suite bathrooms and decks. All the rooms are linked to the main area by teak walkways.
ACTIVITIES AT NXAMASERI ISLAND LODGE:
Activities include boat trips, mokoro excursions, fishing, and birding. Fishing is a particular speciality.
Fishing- The lodge offers both fly-fishing and lure/spinning fishing, providing top-quality equipment and expert guidance. Tiger fishing is excellent between August and November, while fishing bream is at its best between March and June. Fishing is less good in the first months of the year as rain and high flood water is reputed to disturb the fish.
Birding- The birdlife is prolific and includes skimmers, egrets, kingfishers, herons, fish eagles, darts and bee-eaters.
San cultural trips- Being located in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, the lodge is well positioned within close proximity to Tsodilo Hills, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Tsodilo Hills is adorned with thousands of rock art paintings and is sacred to the San people of northern Botswana. The lodge will arrange a fully guided day tour to explore the hills.
Mokoro excursions- A mokoro is a dug-out canoe. As this form of transport has no motor, you’ll be able to get really close to the wildlife!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.