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“Good way to see the Okavango - more relaxed camp than others”

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Xugana Island Lodge
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foxworth
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“Good way to see the Okavango - more relaxed camp than others”
Reviewed August 24, 2009

This was the second leg in our safari having stayed at Savute. This is a good lodge and the staff and the food were excellent. The rooms were good if you like to be in touch with nature. They have no windows only mozzie nets and blinds. This was fine but in July it was kind of cold! The staff were very good however and provided us with hot water bottles. It was our honeymoon so the staff layed on a private dinner for us. This was incredible as was on a floating platform and we had our own waitress and Fred the Hippo was also circling in the water at times close by. The activities were good, and included a kayak cruise, a visit to the hippo pool as well as a safari walk. It was gentle paced so not as hectic as the agenda at the other camp (we were fine with a morning by the pool rather than another safari walk - the staff were fine with this). Our guide was friendly and nice and knew his stuff. I probably wouldnt go back only because I think once you have experienced the area it's not somewhere like the game safari's where wildlife is as prominent. Having said that however we saw hippos, elephants, a crocodile and many birds including an eagle and an owl!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

Different from a "dry" camp, this place has excellent staff and exce,,ent facilities. But your safaris are by boat, not jeep. So the place has a slower pace - which actually was nice after a hectic camp at Sabi Sands. Less big game wildlife and more intimate sightings - especially birds. But hippos, crocs and "hoof" stock were plentiful. A real "get away from it all" feeling. And the local staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful. A true "pleasure."

Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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München
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

We stayed at Xugana Island Lodge and it was great. The whole area is so beautiful. And the sunset over the little lagoon in front was so beautiful. The rooms were nice, we had a great view on the lagoon (even from the shower) and the service was just amazing. At night you could hear the hippos which also come in the camp at night. The arrival was very welcome and we felt very comfortable. The meals were great with so much attention to detail and the cookies and cakes they make theirselves were just amazing. We enjoyed the activities a lot, the guides were very fiendly and knew the flora and fauna very well. And there were always some homemade snacks and plenty of drinks available during the activities. During our trip we also stayed in other camps which were supposed to be higher standard but we could not really see a difference. We will definately come back some time.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2009

Exceptionally disappointed. Dirty, dated/old, no basic services, no game and most importantly the lodge manager has a major attitude problem. We received our money back for what was a very bad experience. We couldn't wait to get out of there.
This would hardly garner a 2 star rating let alone the professed 4/5 (depending on what you read!)

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2008

To this day, I don't know why our travel agent decided to include this camp in our itinerary. We already had two great nights at another camp near by (only 10km away). The accommodation was good but needs some repair.

The activities were so limited and our mokoro guide couldn't be bothered to explain anything to us. Luckily, we did a similar mokoro trip at our previous camp and it was so much more interesting as the guide was so keen to share his knowledge with us. The hippo pool was good but although it took about an hour to get there, we only stayed for around 20 minutes and because the guide kept moving one place to another, we did not have good photo opportunities. This camp also offers game walks but you cannot expect much unlike some other camps - e.g. no big cats.

The staff were all nice and friendly but the guides lacked enthusiasm. Most of them have worked at different camps and none of them seemed to like this one! Maybe we were spoiled by other camps but in general I got the feeling that the guides were not at all interested and activities were not well organised. They didn't even have enough water (and sun down drinks) for everyone. I don't really care about sun downer but not having enough water for walks under the African sun is a crime.

Bird watchers may appreciate this camp more but for me, no thanks. It won't be in my itinerary next time. I wish I had gone to some other camp.

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  • Disliked — Very limited activities and lack of interest/enthusiasm of the guides
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Xugana Island Lodge
Address: Xugana Lagoon, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 70 Specialty Lodging in Okavango Delta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Xugana Island Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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

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