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This lodge in the Delta doesn’t disappoint! You arrive by speed boat to the employees singing on your arrival and handing out wash clothes and introducing themselves. The Lodge is clean and nicely decorated. The room is spacious and comfortable. The staff sings before dinner...More
Thanks to everyone who made my visit so special. Especially Bones who knows that river like the back of his hand. Bones taught me so much. I loved learning about the fruit of the day lily. I showed the pictures to other guides in other...More
Xugana is an amazing and magical place. It was my favorite of the camps stayed at while on safari with my nephew on the Okavanga Delta. It is right on the water and is peaceful and relaxing. The smooth glide of the boat was a...More
Response from walbots, General Manager at Xugana Island LodgeResponded June 8, 2018
What an incredible review of Xugana Island Lodge - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and having you stay with us at Xugana. We are delighted that you saw the beauty in the small...More
Xugana went out of their way to make the experience one of our lifetimes. We went on three safaris each day - morning walk, evening boat and a night drive. Flame our guide was fab! If you love birds this is the place for you,...More
Beautiful lodge on the Okavango Delta. Comfortable, clean rooms overlooking the delta. The housekeeper did a great job cleaning and decorating the bed with flowers and messages everyday! Each and every member of staff were so incredibly kind and helpful. We were lucky enough to...More
Xugana is one of my personal favorite water-activity-only lodges in Botswana. It is such a special location! You will be traveling during peak season, so regular/nominal rack rates are US$920 per person sharing... More
Xugana is one of my personal favorite water-activity-only lodges in Botswana. It is such a special location! You will be traveling during peak season, so regular/nominal rack rates are US$920 per person sharing per night (pppns)- however Desert and Delta have phenomenal package rates, so depending on what else you plan on doing you can consider $920 pppns to be the most you will pay. You may also want to look at Camp Okavango, it’s located right next door and in the same portfolio – this echo friendly lodge has just been refurbished and looks amazing! Either of the two would be a great pick. If you go with Xugana, I would most definitely combine your stay at a water-activity-lodge with a land-activity lodge in the same portfolio. A land activity lodge offers Land Rover or Land Cruiser game drives. At Xugana they don’t have vehicles and offer only water based activities combined with walking. So you can mekoro, motorboat and walk on one of the nearby islands – I highly recommend all of these activities. Xugana combines very nicely with Savute Safari Lodge as well as any of their lodges in the Moremi or even Leroo La Tau, which also offers a cultural aspect if you are interested in adding some culture to your game viewing experience - all of these lodges offer land based activities (or a combination of land and water). I really can’t say enough good things about the Desert and Delta experience. Their staff are amazing, the guiding is exceptional and the game viewing locations offer you as the traveler the option of doing a circuit within Botswana at a very reasonable price over peak season.
I am not sure where you live but I recommend using a safari specialist independent agent in your home country. The most important factor is that the agent is independent and an Africa specialist. That way, you get the best price (same or less than booking “direct). Also, you have someone looking out for your interests. Your name sounds Nordic so perhaps you live in Norway or Sweden? The owner of my company has a good friend with a safari agency in Stockholm you could use. Let me know! A safari specialist agent will advise you about various options for price savings and if you are working with a reputable agent, it shouldn’t cost you more than rack (internet) rate but you have the added benefit of having someone vet on your behalf to ensure you get the best experience possible.
I hope this information helps, Marguerite Smit - safari consultant at Travel Beyond.
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"All rooms are great, but as you are out at sunset, the best rooms are 1, 2 where you get to see the sunrise"