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EAGLE ISLAND CAMP - OKAVANGO
Hidden from the world, deep within Botswana's Okavango Delta, is the safari paradise of Eagle Island Camp by Orient-Express. Situated on the island of Xaxaba and surrounded by Ilala Palms, the camp overlooks a lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Okavango Delta.
The area offers exceptionally high quality wildlife viewing with prolific birdlife and mammal sightings. Built to blend into its environment, the camps offer guests a peaceful setting perfect for enjoying the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta. The magnificent sunsets can be enjoyed during times of high flood from the camp's most romantic Fish-Eagle Bar at Eagle Island or from the raised deck overlooking the lagoon.
Eagle Island Camp is owned and
operated by Orient-Express Safaris.
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At Eagle Island Camp, your
nature experience does not preclude comfort. You sleep in one of 12
twin-bedded thatched tents on raised decks. Each
has a spacious viewing deck and outdoor deck with views over the lagoon. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy.
The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning. For your convenience, in-room safes are provided for the safekeeping of all cash, travel documents and other such articles.
Tent facilities include:
• 'His and hers' vanity unit
• Private viewing deck
• Outside lounge, with hammock and ceiling fan
• Air conditioning
• In-room safe
• Hair dryer
• Electric overhead fan (24-hour use)
• 110v/220v plugs for electric razors
• Facilities for charging camera batteries
• 24-hour DC battery lighting in guest rooms
• Intercom system to reception
The Private Suite
Eagle Island Camp has an exclusive private suite, perfect for a more intimate safari experience. The naturally stunning private suite with a spacious secluded deck area is set away from the other tents in the camp. The extended viewing deck has two relaxing sun loungers, perfect for basking in the warm African sun. To the side, a generous heated splash pool is set amongst the trees for shade and privacy, yet with full views of the Delta and allows one to wallow in communion with the hippos whilst spotting elephant and crocodiles on the island banks.
The open air double showers and beautiful deep copper-framed Victorian bath, with only the tree canopy as a roof, offers further opportunities to commune with nature. Guests enjoying the luxurious new suite will have the opportunity to enjoy game-viewing on their own exclusive vehicle with their own personal guide and they will be able to set out on a safari expedition as and when they wish. Choose an elegant candle-lit dinner on the private outdoor deck (additional rates apply). Among the many other indulgences available in the suite include temperature controlled rooms, a well-stocked mini bar, oversized fluffy bathrobes, big soft bath sheets, cosy slippers and luxurious bathroom toiletries.
At Eagle Island Camp there are a range of facilities to make your stay complete.
• One of the most romantic bars in the world, located on its own private island away from the main camp.
• Al fresco dining area overlooking the surrounding lagoon.
• Private site for spectacular bush brunches / dinners (on request).
• A 20-meter swimming pool- ideal to catch up on some laps.
• Curio shop with safari wear, essential toiletries, local art and craft objects.
• Internet access and satellite TV located discreetly away from the main lounge and dining areas.
• VHS radio communications plus 24-hour emergency facilities.
• Tent to tent internal telephone service.
• Satellite phone on request.
• High powered telescope for star gazing presentations.
• Same day laundry service.
• Small reference library of books on the flora and fauna of the area.
• Environmental flora and fauna check lists.
• Talks and lectures by the camp's environmentalist, on request.
• Private airstrip and helicopter landing pad.
Dining at Eagle Island Camp
With incredible views cross the Okavango Delta and delicious food to match, the dining experience at Eagle Island Camp is one to remember. Dine in the open air or under the covered area and watch the Botswana sun set across the water-lily-filled waters. After dinner enjoy the bar and lounge areas. Seated around the camp fire, you can share stories of the day's experiences with other guests or simply curl up and relax while the wildlife in the Delta does the same.
The kitchen offers something for everyone all day and will also be glad to prepare picnics for you to take on a game drive. Game drives often start early. You will be woken with a light breakfast to enjoy in your tent before setting off on your drive. On your return the kitchen will be open for a light brunch to satisfy you until the next adventure begins...
Early breakfast (served around 6am)
Light brunch (served around 11am)
Light snacks, tea and coffee on morning activity
Afternoon tea (served around 4pm)
Drinks and snacks on afternoon activity
Dinner (served around 8pm)
The Fish-Eagle Bar
There is no better place to experience the sunset over the Okavango Delta than from the Fish-Eagle Bar. Open-air and covered bar and lounge areas with a dedicated viewing deck provide the best of both worlds - a complete view of the Delta coupled with the cool relaxation of this safari hideaway. The camp fire provides the perfect place to settle after a day full of adventure. Share your experiences over the camp fire or curl up and relax with a loved one, just the two of you and the wildlife.
Eagle Island Camp’s serene watery base lends itself to quiet relaxation, contemplation and reflection. If, however, you are looking for adventure and excitement then Eagle Island will not disappoint – from walking safaris on surrounding islands, where there is always the possibility of a close encounter, to mokoro and motor boat excursions around the myriad of waterways, the diversity and propensity of the wildlife will fascinate the most seasoned of travelers to Africa.
During the months of November through March, when lower water levels make it possible to drive in open 4x4 vehicles off the island, guests can also enjoy the combined excitement of a game drive. The camp offers game viewing activities in the morning and late afternoons. Bird and game viewing is done either from motorzsed boats or mokoro (traditional dugout canoes), which are poled along effortlessly and quietly through the clear waters of the Okavango.
Activities are dependent on
the water levels. Activities throughout the year would typically include
mokoro rides (dugout canoes), unless the water is too low, and game walks. When water levels are too low for water
activities, game viewing is conducted by vehicle or on foot. Between
June and September when the water is high, guests can also take motorboat
Eagle Island Camp offers game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, a superb platform from which you can watch all the action of the Okavango Delta. The terrain is rough but the rewards are enormous: the Delta is an area of almost unparalleled wildlife diversity and in a vehicle, you can cover a wide range of habitats to ensure a variety of species and experiences.
Game drive times are set to coincide with animal activity. An early start is often the best time to watch the activity. During the heat of the day, most animals move into the shade and rest, so it's best to follow suit and save your energy for the afternoon drive when thirsty animals will be coming down to the water to drink. The predators take advantage of the concentration of prey at the water sources and the fading light by using this time to hunt.
There are few things that can beat finishing your day in the Okavango Delta than accompanying the sun sinking over a glassy lagoon with an ice cold drink and then beginning a slow drive back to camp through the dusk, on the lookout for the unusual.
Eagle Island Camp offers a rate-inclusive 45- minute scenic helicopter flight above the magnificent game-rich Okavango Delta as part of our range of exclusive activities. Other services offered, at an aditional charge, include private excursions to secret islands.
Experience a fully-escorted fishing excursion along the Boro channel, one of the main tributaries that feeds the Okavango Delta. The main fish species is Tilapia, commonly known as bream in Botswana. There are also fresh water pike and cat fish but these are uncommon.
Basic rods and reels are available in camp, but for the more serious we recommend you bring your own equipment which should include mainly light tackle, with mepps spinners (No 3), and small FZ spoons (8grms), as well as spinning tackle. Further details are available on request. Please note that Eagle Island practices fishing strictly on a ‘catch and release’ basis.
This would be the highlight of any birders trip, as this is truly a birder's destination. Eagle Island boasts almost 400 bird species. As the name suggests this is a water camp and during times when the flood that fills the Okavango Delta is big, the camp is totally cut off from the mainland. The water birds here are out of this world; specials include regular sightings of the infamous Pel's Fishing-owl, Black Coucal, Long Toed Plover, Brown Fire Finch and a whole host of other specials. Wattled Cranes are also a big feature with flocks of up to 200 having been recorded.
The Okavango delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife. Species include African Bush Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Lechwe, Topi, Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Nile crocodile, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Brown, Spotted Hyena, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Black, White Rhinoceros, Plains Zebra, Warthog and Chacma Baboon can be found here. Notably the endangered African Wild Dog still survives within the Okavango Delta.
The Delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including African Fish Eagle, Crested Crane, Lilac-breasted Roller, Hammerkop, Ostrich, and Sacred Ibis. The majority of the estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze on and trees to browse, then make their way back as winter approaches. Large herds of buffalo and elephant total about 30,000 animals.
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