This lovely island oasis is all that other recent reviewers have said and more. A full renovation in 2011 led to a new deck, new rooms and furniture, and general revamping. The property is in a garden on the edge of a lagoon - what a perfect site. Everything is comfortable, roomy, upgraded, in excellent condition. Can't say enough good things about the property, staff or food. The staff sang here at dinner, as they do at other properties, but this group did it with conviction. That tells me they either like to sing or they love their jobs. Our guide Steve was knowledgeable about every bird, animal and plant we saw. The walking safari was so different from the usual game drives. The ride to the hippo pool was very long but gave lots of opportunity to see more birds, more plants. Bird life is very rich here. The mokoro ride was a bit ho-hum for us except the tiny frongs were pretty special. We were there in June; the weather was cool and those early morning boat rides need gloves, warm coats, etc.
There was a honeymoon couple the first night we were there. They sat down to dinner and were immediately whisked away to a private table. The couple received a bottle of champagne from the lodge, which they asked to be served and shared with the other guests around the firepit. So we toasted the newlyweds and enjoyed the drinks. Made for a very special evening.
This camp was recommended by our SAA Vacations rep because she had stayed here and loved it. After a long driving vacation in Namibia and two other Desert and Delta game driving camps, this water based camp brought a freshness and sense of relaxation that I didn't know we needed until we got here. It is total relaxation, total peace. Whether it is the water environment, the absolute quiet, the beautiful camp or whatever, this place was a great finale to our Botswana camp experience. In some ways, this camp is more about the camp itself and the water locale than it is about the activities (sort of like more about the journey than the destination). The activities were fine and fun and different, but the peace of this place is just extraordinary. Go.
- 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