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Nxamaseri Island Lodge

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The Lodge and Experiences

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The channels abound with water lilies, fish and wildlife such as crocodiles, hippos, otters, swamp antelope and bird species too numerous to count.

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Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a unique African experience on an island in the permanent waters of Botswana's Okavango Delta. A small, exclusive lodge, and one of the oldest in the delta, it has six double en-suite chalets each secluded in indigenous forest and each with a private deck overlooking the water. Teak walkways link the rooms to the main area of the lodge.

The distinct style of Nxamaseri Island Lodge showcases the beauty of the permanent swamp that is its home and also subtly expresses the rich vibrance of the indigenous people .The lodge and the rooms are enhanced with original Botswana artwork and furniture is handcrafted by local artisans. Nxamaseri Island Lodge is owner-run with the focus on personal attention to detail, noticeably expressed in the original décor and excellent catering. We pride ourselves in creating the opportunity to experience the unique, intimate and peaceful nature of Africa.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a prime destination for lure fishing throughout the year. Tigerfish are indigenous to the area, and as one of the world's most dramatic freshwater game fish it provides thrilling angling for both experienced and novice fishermen. In addition to tigerfish, up to eight other species are generally caught on line, creating eventful and memorable fishing at Nxamaseri. Our lodge has boats made for fishing and carries all the necessary equipment.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge has spectacular birding throughout the year. Exceptional birding months are from September to February, before the new water arrives. This is when feeding conditions are at an optimum and most of the migrants are present during this time. The area has approximately 325 of the 500 bird species found in Botswana and on a three to four day trip one can expect to see between 190 and 220 species.

Nxamaseri boasts one of the densest concentrations of fish eagles in Southern Africa. Water birds are prolific here and Nxamaseri provides unrivaled water bird viewing, having a large variety of kingfishers, herons, storks and other waterfowl. The area also has an impressive list of woodland and riverine forest species that occur on the islands and the seasonal floodplains beyond the camp.

Here the mystical and spiritual Tsodilo Hills rise out of the flat desert landscape, forming the highest point in Botswana. These hills are sacred to the San people of Northern Botswana and are adorned with over 2000 ancient San paintings. The San believe that it was from the backs of these hills that people first came to earth and for them it is one of the only places one can reach the Great God in the Eastern sky.

A visit to these hills gives one the privilege of being able to see and feel, however briefly, the essence of an ancient culture, fragile and increasingly threatened in the face of pressure from the Western world.