Xugana Island Lodge

At a glance

  • An extraordinary 400 species of birds
  • Stay in one of the world's only inland deltas
  • Naturalist guides for boat and bush safaris

Xugana Island Lodge

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Discover a remarkable water camp of thatched roofs and reed, a wild world of eagle owls and hippos and the chance to dine floating in the Xugana Lagoon

Disconnect from the world for a while. Glide in a mokoro canoe across the Okavango Delta. Sleep restfully in a thatched chalet under fine viridian lace, feet facing out towards the Xugana Lagoon. Xugana Island Lodge rises sylvan style out of a canopy of ebony and mangosteen trees, sitting on one of the world's most incredible natural wonders in northern Botswana. A place where reed frogs leap and starlings perch, red lechwe and sitatunga graze in the wetlands and lions share the floodplains with buffalo and elephants. A magical lodge that's rustically elegant, this is a rare chance to stay in a one-of-a-kind water camp. Fish by day and dine communally with fellow guests by night in the open-sided restaurant. Enjoy sundowner South African wines in the enchanting bar and for a matchless experience take a candlelit dinner on the floating pontoon. Attention to detail is divine. A pretty swimming pool nestled in lush gardens, a central boma for shared stories over drinks, a lounge filled with sofas and treasure chests and a wildlife viewing deck stretching out over the water for more of those stunning views.

Expect day and night game drives, bush walks, bird-watching expeditions and mokoro trips along the tranquil waterways. With only eight lodges you're guaranteed a serene and solitary time. Your thatch and reef bedroom cabins are all well-dressed safari style; khakis and creams with teak flooring, double beds, storage trunks, en-suite bathrooms, flashlights and even an air horn. Each comes with a private verandah accessed by sliding doors, opening up onto the breathtaking Xugana lagoon.

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Key information

On a private concession on the Okavango Delta, against the backdrop of the Xugana Lagoon in northern Botswana

Airport transfer time: Approx. 30 minute light aircraft flight from Maun International airport, followed by a 20-minute boat ride from Xugana airstrip
Rooms: 8

Accommodation information

8 lodges

Dining

Restaurant, bar

*Denotes local charge