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Xugana Island Lodge

Okavango Delta

Rating: Mid-range    

Xugana Island Lodge overview

Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession on the edge of Xugana Lagoon, the largest and considered by many the most spectacular, permanent water site in the Okavango Delta. It accommodates a maximum of just 16 guests at a time and has an intimate atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and will make you feel right at home.

Accommodation is in 8 raised chalets constructed of reed and thatch. All have en-suite facilities with showers and twin hand basins, plus a private viewing deck overlooking the lagoon. The main area consists of an open-sided lounge, bar and dining area, set under trees so you'll be shaded from the heat. There are sofas and coffee tables where you can sit and chat as you enjoy fine views over the lagoon. The lodge has gardens and an outdoor swimming pool where you can take time out between game viewing activities.

Both mokoro and motorboat rides are offered as ways of exploring the unique delta environment. You'll also have the chance to to explore the islands of the private concession on foot, which is the best way to get close to the environment. Day and night game drives are offered to round off the Xugana experience. Bird watching and fishing are also popular pastimes.


Open: Xugana Island Lodge is open all year. 

Location: Xugana Island Lodge is in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, overlooking the largest permanent lagoon in the delta. 

Rooms: There are eight guest chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and private viewing decks with views of the lagoon. The chalets are raised off the ground and are made of reed and thatch. Some are built out over the water while others are set back a little on the island. 

Activities: You'll be able to explore the waterways of the delta by traditional mokoro powered by the poler and by motorboat. Day and night game drives and guided walks and bird watching are also offered. Fishing for bream and tiger fish is popular. 

Facilities: The main lodge building is an open-sided, thatched area set beneath ebony and mangosteen trees. There are lounge, bar and dining areas where you can socialise between activities. There's also a boma with a camp fire and an open air dining terrace. All areas overlook the lagoon. There are mature gardens filled with trees and plants which attract a variety of birds. The outdoor swimming pool comes into its own on hot days.

Dining: Meals are generally eaten communally though private meals can be arranged. The most unusual location is on a candle-lit pontoon out on the lagoon, a two way radio ensures you are safe and your guide is just a short distance away should you need him.

Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome. Children between 6 and 11 may not be able to do all the activities, to be decided at the lodge manager's discretion. 

This is a malarial area. 

Communication: This is a remote location and there is no phone, fax, or cell phone coverage. The lodge manager communicates with the Maun office by two-way radio and there's a satellite phone for emergencies. There is a guest laptop available with basic internet.

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