During our safari trip to Botswana we stayed at 3 lodges - Chobe Chilwere, Vumbura Plains and Eagle Island, each for 2 nights.
Eagle Island was our last lodge and we had just come from the awesome Wilderness Vumburua Plains. Still first impressions count and ours were poor. The rooms are old and tired, things like the hot water broke and needed constant maintenance. It wasn't just the fabric of the place though, the staff seemed lost and lacked focus. The manager was somewhat scruffy and unshaven and perhaps this rubbed off on the staff - no doubt he was a wildlife expert but not a hotel manager.
The food was average at best.
The safari itself was interesting being all boat based but you definately see a lot less that at Vumbura or Chobe - also you can see hippos at those places too. The guides though were excellent and really carry what is otherwise a mediocre operation. We did the trip to the local village but not recommended unless you want to but some overpriced baskets.
As we booked a complete package we didn't see the individual rates however on a rack rate basis Eagle Island was about 90% of Vumbura Plains and 200% of Chobe Chilwero - we were astounded to learn this and thought it must have been the cheapest.
The saving grace though is the sunset view from the bar - drinking g cocktails and watching the kind of sunset ony Africa can produce.
I really hope the owners invest in this place - both the people and facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A secluded retreat hemmed by the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta, Eagle Island Lodge provides complete luxury on remote Xaxaba island. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Eagle Island Camp By Orient-Express Hotel Okavango Delta
- Belmond Eagle Island Lodge Botswana/Okavango Delta