Xugana was so different from Chobe and Savute, that it is difficult to compare the three. But we enjoyed immensely the boat trips through the Okavango Delta and the knowledgeable guides who led us on the trips. The highlight of our entire trip to Africa was a half day walk across one of the islands, where we encountered dozens of wild game and learned more than the rest of the trip combined. It was a sort of hands on experience, learning about and touching everything from "elephant chewing gum" to the fruit and nuts of the marula tree. And the beautiful and wildly varied bird life! Good thing digital cameras were invented, or we would have had to take two suitcases full of film for the photos we made during our stay here.
Landing on the grass airstrip, we were immediately taken to a waiting small motorboat and transported to the lodge, which faces a large expanse of water and is maintained perfectly. Eating out on the open deck three meals a day, we could enjoy the bird life close up and enjoy the company of the other visitors. Eating with the staff at the table gave us a chance to ask all the questions we had forgotten about during the daily tours, and the ambiance sitting around the fire pit in the evening was outstanding.
Rooms were very nice, and the supply of hot water this far out was amazing. We would return here in a minute.
We had made our reservations through a firm called Siyabona, with which we had a significant dispute over conversion rates that was finally settled to our satisfaction. We encourage you to get your tour priced in South African rand if you use them (and perhaps any other firm, as well), so that will not be an issue.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xugana Island Lodge, situated on the shaded fringe of the island, accommodates just 16 guests in reed and thatch lagoon-facing en-suite chalets with private viewing decks. Xugana Island has one of the most spectacular views of the Okavango Delta as its location on the edge of the Xugana Lagoon adds value to this setting. Accommodation at Xugana Island Lodge is on a fully inclusive basis. All meals, beverages and guided activities are included in the cost of your stay. Experience the heart of the Okavango Delta on guided boat, mokoro and walking activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Xugana Island Hotel Okavango Delta
- Xugana Island Lodge Botswana/Okavango Delta