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Botswana Safari

Xugana Island Lodge

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Mekoro safari at Xugana Island, Botswana
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Xugana means “kneel down to drink” in the local dialect. Xugana Lagoon has, for thousands of years, been a safe haven for the Bushman people who lived in this pristine water world. Xugana Lagoon is in the permanent Delta, a world of crystal clear waterways winding through vast reed and papyrus beds, opening unexpectedly onto tranquil lagoons, home to bream, catfish and the fighting tiger-fish and fringed by secret wooded islands, haven for the magnificent bird and wildlife that inhabit the Delta. The lagoon is widely accepted as being the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta.

Xugana Island Lodge is owned and operated by Desert & Delta Safaris.

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Xugana Island Lodge, situated on a wooded island abutting the lagoon, takes full advantage of this magnificent site. The thatched common area, comprising cocktail bar, lounge and curio shop, is still the original building put up in 1974, when Xugana became only the second tourist lodge ever built in the Okavango Delta. Meals, for which the lodge is justly famous, are taken alfresco on the edge of the lagoon, except on those rare occasions of rain when the lounge doubles as the dining-room. Tea is often served in the garden inside the island, where quiet, secluded reading benches can also be found. The lodge swimming pool is a unique construction, allowing guests to swim in the clear fresh water of the lagoon protected by a heavy metal cage, designed to deter “fat Albert” the crocodile, a long-time lagoon resident.

The lodge accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in raised reed and thatch “Mesasas” situated on the shaded fringe of the island, each with a lagoon view through the artfully cleared lagoon-side vegetation. The tastefully decorated “Mesasas” have twin or double beds, en-suite facilities, walk-in showers, ceiling fan and a private deck, ideal for bird watching. Accommodation includes all meals, local brand drinks, game viewing activities, park entrance fees and laundry service.

No children under 16 years are accepted.

Mokoro trips in eco-friendly dugout canoes built to the traditional design, boat safaris to lagoons and islands and wilderness walks each give guests the chance to see the Delta denizens such as the Sitatunga and Red Lechwe antelopes, Crocodile and Hippo, as well as the other big game that frequents the islands and riverine fringes. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and the Bream (Tilapia) and Tiger Fishing can be excellent at certain times of the year. The peaceful boat ride back across Xugana Lagoon during the spectacular African sunset provides a lifelong memory. All activities are conducted by our experienced naturalist guides, who, as well as ensuring that guests come to no harm, are keen to impart their vast knowledge and love of this unique area.

Xugana borders the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and, as such, includes a diverse habitat that supports a wide variety of animals, with possible sightings of Wild Dog, Cheetah and Leopard being highlights. Resident species include Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebra, Kudu, Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan Antelope and many more. Birdwatching is excellent throughout the year. Guided nature walks to the Delta's islands afford an opportunity to track the larger species that inhabit this wilderness area.

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Water / Land Activity Table for Botswana camps:  Water/Land Botswana
Flying Times between Botswana camps:  Fly Times Botswana

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