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Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

Four of us spent 2 nights at this island lodge and were awed by the hospitality and the surroundings. All of the safaris have to be conducted by boat, as guess what, it is on an island in the Okavanga Delta. This delta is unique in the world as it is inland and never reaches an ocean or sea.
Our guide was Slade, a very experienced guide, who boated us around the water channels and lagoons. However, we did have a 4 hour walking tour with him and his gun on nearby Palm Island. Amazing to see elephants within 50 meters as well as baboons, warthogs, antelope and buffalo. On the following day we came across a lagoon with 15 hippos that were just as curious about us as we were about them. Truly amazing.
Setting around the fire after a wonderful dinner staring up into the cloudless sky, given a blue hue by the full moon, and seeing the Southern Cross was magical; an evening to remember for the rest of our lives.

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Xugana Island Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2017

Dear Winediner923
Thank you for the wonderful review from your recent stay at Xugana Island Lodge. The island is a true gem, hidden in the delta. A treat being able to enjoy both water and land activities at this camp. Thank you for highlighting members of staff during your stay. I will be sure to share the wonderful feedback with all of them.
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The Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed March 28, 2017

A very rainy season saw the delta very full and as a result few big animals close by. However the team at Xugana gave us a magic water safari.The accommodation is extremely comfortable and a very well run lodge with great staff.

Room tip: Rooms all have water views
Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank mazowe
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Xugana Island Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2017

Dear Gillian C
Thank you for taking the time to write a review from your recent stay at Xugana Island Lodge. The Delta has been extremely blessed with all the rainfall this year allowing for new and continued life. Our rainfalls are never guaranteed so when it rains it pours as the saying goes. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again.
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The Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed March 14, 2017

This is the Okavango experience you dream about. Starting with the flight into Delta ,and great boat trip to the lodge, frequent boat trips on the Delta and guided walks in the islands, we could not have enjoyed it more. Julia, T.H., Phat, and the rest of staff makes you feel at home. Cuisine is outstanding, quality that surpassed our expectations ! Being out on the water and seeing all the wildlife from the comfort of your boat it is an incredible experience.

Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Jnopol
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Xugana Island Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2017

Dear Jnopol
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay at Xugana Island Lodge. It is always such a pleasure to read such great reviews especially when our staff members are highlights. I will be sure to share this with our team, and thank you again for staying with us.
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The Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed February 13, 2017

We loved this camp it was small and very personal and the views from the boat trips were something to behold! I just remember thinking everytime we drove out into this piece of paradise I wanted to stand up in the boat and yell it was that spectacular!

Room tip: all rooms had spectacular views
Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank SandiD225
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Xugana Island Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2017

Dear Sandi D
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review from your visit to Xugana Island Lodge. It is a little hidden treasure in the middle of the delta. I am pleased to read that you got to enjoy and embrace this natural beauty. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.
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The Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed January 26, 2017

We choose this lodge as it offered something different than the standard driving safari, in that, your safari is done by boat and walking. The view of the delta via boat is stunning and fun. The walking safaris are great. We did not expect to see much due to it being the rainy season with high water and grass but we did catch some really good animal sightings and the scenery was spectacular. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the staff were excellent and the food was very good (better than expected given the location). I booked directly with desert & delta. They were highly resposive and answered my many questions and timing issues with great patience. Would efinitely recommend this lodge.

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Xugana Island Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2017

Dear CDNTRAVELLERS2
Thank you for staying with us at Xugana Island Lodge. I am pleased to read that you had such a wonderful time with us and as you have mentioned with high grass and water levels you were still able to see great sightings. Thanks you for sharing your experience with us all.
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The Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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