Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a paradise for those looking for an intimate and authentic Panhandle experience. This charming lodge is one of Botswana’s oldest and has evolved into a luxury wilderness retreat, unpretentious and welcoming. Water activities are at the heart of the lodge, which offers superb fly and sport fishing, as well as boating, mokoro and excellent birding. San cultural trips to see the ancient rock art at Tsodilo Hills are also available.
Nxamaseri Island Lodge, as the name indicates, is located on a pretty island in the Panhandle, in the far north of the Okavango and offers a classic deep-water delta experience. While not a big game viewing area, the beautiful aquatic environment and the birding and fishing opportunities as well as the fascinating san cultural experience at Tsodilo Hills make this an attractive destination for those looking for something different in the Okavango.
The lodge has nine chalets each with a secluded location for privacy and all overlook the Panhandle waters and have a private deck to view the birds and animals discreetly at your leisure. The rooms are light and airy, with an open design allowing for cooling breezes from the water. The lodge features a communal central area for relaxation and socialising complete with bar, lounge area, fire pit and swimming pool.
Guests are encouraged to participate in a range of activities, but the Lodge is probably most famed for its fishing. Boating through the waterways here is wonderful. Mokoros (traditional dug-out canoes) is the traditional means of travelling the Delta channels. Your guide will happily share stories of growing up in the waterways of the Delta as you enjoy the perfect viewpoint to watch the many fishing birds including the Malachite Kingfisher, the Fish Eagle, Cormorants, Egrets and Herons.
Bird-watching here is outstanding and guests are likely to see over 200 different species in a 3 day stay. Back on land, day trips to nearby Tsodilo Hills provide a great contrast to the lushness of the Nxamaseri Island’s riverine forest.
Nxamaseri Island Lodge offers excellent fishing opportunities, with fisherman able to try their hand at catching some of Africa’s most famous freshwater species including the Okavango Bream, Catfish and Tiger Fish while the Barbel Run is recommended for keen sports fishermen.
Standard tackle is available at the Lodge but keen fishermen are advised to bring their own gear. The fishing experience will vary depending on the season – Late August-September through to November is the time of “The Barbel Run” when catfish swarm to the Panhandle to feed. Tiger fish are lured by the potential to hunt, giving a spectacular fishing experience. In other months, as water levels reduce, the fishing focus changes to Bream. For those keen on pure relaxation, the Lodge’s location is serene. Bird-watching from the rooms or the Lodge or from the water on a boat or mokoro is a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon or morning.
Fully catered and guided day trips to nearby Tsodilo Hills offer an unusual glimpse into the history and culture of the mystical and spiritual San Bushmen. The hills are a place of great spiritual significance for San people who originally inhabited this area. There are almost 4,000 prehistoric paintings, spread across over 200 sites throughout the hills. There are a number of trail routes on offer, depending on fitness levels and local guides will offer insight to the significance of the most important paintings.
Nxamaseri Island Lodge is about 320 km from Maun, 40 km south of Shakawe and 35 km from Tsodilo Hills. Guests will drive or be transferred from Maun to a pick up point where the car will be left (guarded). Guests are then transferred by road and boat to the island.
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