Xugana Island Lodge

Shinde Concession, eastern Okavango Delta

Xugana Lagoon is widely accepted as being the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta, which in the midst of the Kalahari sands, is Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis.

The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola yet never reaches the sea; instead its immense waters empty over the sands of the Kalahari where its great desert thirst is quenched in a wilderness of fresh water lagoons, channels and islands.

Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession and takes full advantage of this magnificent site. An open boma and al fresco dining area overlooks the expanse of pristine water that makes up the permanent Delta.

The lounge, bar and dining areas are set back under an Ebony and African Mangosteen tree canopy in open sided thatched structures, and the swimming pool, located within the mature gardens in the centre of the island, Xugana Island Lodge is a perfect place to relax.

Xugana Island Lodge accommodates just 16 guests in large raised reed and thatch lagoon facing chalets, with en-suite facilities and private viewing decks situated on the shaded fringe of the island.

Exploring the Delta by motorboat or canoe (mokoro), combined with walking on surrounding islands in the concession, gives guests the chance to experience a classic Okavango Delta safari.

Bird-watching opportunities at Xugana Island Lodge are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity at the lodge.

Photographic Safaris

Photographic Safaris

Unspoilt vistas in Africa

With a variety of habitats and ever abundant water, the Okavango Delta provides the photographer with a wealth of subjects, dramatic landscapes, herds of plain’s game and spectacular birdlife.

Photographic Safaris

Water-based game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate guests through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways. Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the old fashioned way, in the traditional contours of the Mokoro (canoe).

Shinde Concession

Shinde Concession

classic Okavango Delta

The Shinde Concession, on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta, is the smallest concession in the delta. The concession is predominately permanent delta with two of the concession’s camps focusing on water based activities. The northern part of the concession borders the Kwara Concession and includes a good population of plains game.

Shinde Concession