Nxamaseri Island Lodge - one of the first lodges to be established in the Okavango
Delta - is situated on a shady island overlooking the secluded Nxamaseri channel
in the northern Panhandle. Located just 40km from Shakawe and 330km from Maun on
tarred road, the Lodge is easily accessible - a boat transfer from just off the main
road will be arranged by the Lodge.
What to see and do
The main attractions are the birdlife and good fishing of the upper Panhandle area
although many people come just to enjoy the tranquillity on offer.
Boat Trips From early morning excursions to sundowners, boat trips along the waterways
are a relaxing way of experiencing the Delta. The guides take delight in showing
you this watery world and will arrange boat trips to suit your interests.
Fishing The Panhandle offers some of the best fishing in Botswana with numerous fish
species found here including the sought after Tiger fish. Fishing here is generally
on a 'catch and release' basis however if you want to you can take your catch back
to the Lodge for the chef to prepare and cook for you.
Nature Walks The tree covered islands of the Delta can be explored on foot giving
you the opportunity of seeing some of the more elusive bird species, such as Pel's
Fishing Owl, as well as learning about the fascinating flora that is found here.
Tsodilo Hills Day trips to Tsodilo Hills are offered as an optional extra and are
worth doing if you have the time. The journey to the hills takes about an hour giving
you plenty of time to explore the hills, accompanied by a guide from the village.
The Panhandle area has few wild animals due to cattle farming in the Western Delta
although Elephant are often seen during the drier months of the year. Vervet Monkeys
are resident on the island whilst Hippo and Crocodile are regularly seen.
The upper Panhandle area of Okavango is well-known for its abundant birdlife with
numerous waterbirds seen here including Slaty Egret and Allen’s Swamphen. There are
a number of sandbanks which attract Malachite and Pied Kingfishers as well as Carmine
Bee-eaters during the breeding season. African Fish Eagles are common and the woodland
around the Lodge provides habitat for numerous Babblers, Warblers and Starlings.
The six en-suite, thatched chalets - linked together by wooden walkways - each have
their own deck area and are open at the front which gives you the feeling of being
close to nature. There are good mosquito nets in the rooms which also have electric
lights and sockets powered by a generator.
The main dining and bar area is pleasantly situated overlooking the channel and features
a comfortable seating area with a well-stocked library.