This is a very nice simple lodging on the Tamalakane river which after a few nights of hot and dusty camping had all we needed...a hot shower, a clean bed, air conditioning, free wifi, cold drinks and friendly restaurant with a swimming pool and deck overlooking the pretty river, and at a very affordable price. The rooms lack TLC and could do with a deep clean, but as things can feel a little gritty in Maun, these were easily overlooked when the staff were so accommodating of any and every request made and the nice relaxed feeling at the establishment. We stayed in the simple rooms at the back which amusingly have a sign on them saying " Room Type: Room". There are interleading doors in these rooms, which, if you are not friends with your neighbours, are not sound proof, so snoring/chatting and shower singing are all quite audible! The style of the lodge is also quite nicely understated with simple rondavel chalets and, although we stayed in the "Rooms" it looked like the Chalets were the better choice and worth the few extra Pula. Watch out for the clever little monkeys that are opportunistically hanging around waiting for an open door/window to investigate for snacks...
We did a 2 hour, private sunset boat cruise which was a perfect ending to a Moremi/Savuti camping trip and the boat was impressively new and well maintained for such a laid back place. Our skipper and guide was thoroughly welcoming and good company. I would highly recommend doing a trip for at least an hour. I would happily stay there again next time I travel through Maun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Safari Lodge is set on a 300 acre private island reserve, and is just 10 km away from Maun Airport. It is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River under a canopy of beautifully lush and green Okavango trees. The lodge overlooks a floodplain of fields and water that are frequented by an abundance of birdlife and the occasional Hippo. The lodge offers a tranquil bush setting that is complimented by the river view, a pool and the iconic tranquil call of the African Fish Eagle. The accommodation is comfortable and set in the lodge gardens. The lodge comprises of 12 Chalets all with en suite showers, WI FI, DSTV and air conditioning. The lodge has a main bar and restaurant area with seating indoors or out in the gardens. You are able to choose from a la carte menu for lunches and dinners accompanied by our wine list. It is an ideal place to relax alongside flowing waters, or beside one of the swimming pools, using the free WI-FI services and ordering refreshments from the restaurant. For those active bush loving visitors who are interested in adventure, there are many recreational excursions and opportunities available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Safari Hotel Maun