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Xugana Island Lodge

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#3 of 27 lodges in Okavango Delta
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Xugana Island Lodge, situated on the shaded fringe of the island, accommodates just 16 guests in reed and thatch lagoon-facing en-suite chalets with private viewing decks. Xugana Island has one of the most spectacular views of the Okavango Delta as its location on the edge of the Xugana Lagoon adds value to this setting. Accommodation at Xugana Island Lodge is on a fully inclusive basis. All meals, beverages and guided activities are included in the cost of your stay. Experience the heart of the Okavango Delta on guided boat, mokoro and walking activities.
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Pool
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Free airport transportation
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Private check-in / check-out
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
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Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Lagoon View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English

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Xugana Lagoon Botswana
Xugana Island Lodge
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kfjb wrote a review Feb 2024
Santa Fe, New Mexico102 contributions34 helpful votes
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The Lodge fit the environment. Rustic but very nice. The location on the island made it feel as if you were a world away. The staff was wonderful and extremely welcoming and provided songs with every meal. The tours were unusual and our guides, Kaiser and Zam, made our experience very exciting and fun. We very much enjoyed our time at Xugana Island.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be prepared for no AC, warm nights
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emmaredrob wrote a review Jan 2024
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Absolutely loved our stay here! The rooms were great, they felt like they were out of a movie (in a good way). It was so nice to sit out on our balcony and overlook the hippos swimming in the delta. We loved our guide, Kaiser! He made us feel very safe and taken care of. All of the activities were so enjoyable- Mokoro ride, nature walk on Palm Island and a boat ride in the delta. What an experience, I hope to be back again someday soon! Also- my husband and I accidentally left our passports in our room (when transferring to another Camp) and the Xugana/Desert & Delta Safari staff were amazing and got them to us by the next morning. We were so grateful for their help!!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Room Tip: They include same-day laundry service with your stay which was great!
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SamJames_global wrote a review Jan 2024
28 contributions3 helpful votes
Just a magical destination for a holiday or honeymoon. Wonderful staff, delicious food, comfortable lodges. Having the experience of all the waterways, nature walks and candlelit dinner on a floating pontoon under the stars was perfect. Caters to the slightly more mature, higher end cliental which probably means the staff are a little more formal than some lodges. Overall, highly recommended. Thank you!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Naveena C wrote a review Dec 2023
California2 contributions
Beautiful lodge nestled in a private island with cozy living spaces. Our guide Bevan made our experience the best with his knowledge and interest . The food was awesome with so many varieties. We had multiple food restrictions and the staff took care of it so well. The staff were so friendly and made us feel like family.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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henders wrote a review Oct 2023
Peterborough, United Kingdom41 contributions23 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights at Xugana after 3 nights at Xakanaxa and it certainly was an improvement. Fewer guests meant that everyone could sit around the fire before dinner and chat. The rooms were excellent, although very hot overnight. Our guide Bevan was knowledgeable although often seemed in a hurry to get somewhere on the boat cruises, and we may have missed things on the way. I’m not sure the boat engine was at its best as we stopped a few times, not usually an issue apart from when we were very close to some grumpy hippos. The highlight was the nature walk with Bevan who shared some very interesting information regarding the surroundings. The lodge staff were excellent, especially the lady who served us our dinner on the lagoon. Th singing before dinner was lovely too. All in all, well worth a visit, but combine it with some land safaris
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Xugana Island Lodge
Responded 7 Nov 2023
Dear Henders So lovely to read your review, l am glad you were welcomed by our lovely staff who made you feel part of the family. Xugana is indeed a relaxing destination in the Okavango. I will be sure to share the comments with the rest of the team and the rest of our team, I know they will be pleased to hear that you had a wonderful time in camp. Thank you for staying with us. Kind regards, The Desert and Delta Safaris Family
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vickyg215 wrote a review Oct 2023
California28 contributions9 helpful votes
It was a different way to see the animals and other wildlife; mostly in boats weaving through the Delta. Everyone in the camp was so helpful, cheerful and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and plentiful. This is truly glamping, awesome “tents”.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 7 Nov 2023
Dear Vicky, Thank you for such a wonderful review from your stay at Xugana Island Lodge. The lodge itself is a little hidden treasure and once you arrive in camp you can only but relax and enjoy the views over the lagoon as well as refreshing boat cruise along the channels. I will be sure to share the wonderful review with all the staff. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and hope to welcome you back again. Kind regards The Desert and Delta Safaris Family
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Yvonne F wrote a review Sept 2023
West Sussex, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
We visited Kruger 4 years ago and felt this could not be bettered, so looked for a different experience and the Okavango Delta is certainly that. The welcome and staff at the Lodge were very welcoming and our Lodge private, clean and well cared for. However, it is the environment that is magical and its those memories that will stay with us. Special mention to Colleen our guide, a gentleman of the real kind who imparted a wealth of experience and knowledge about, not only the animals and birds, but of how the whole structure of nature working together. You may not see animals 'close up and personal' from a landrover but you will feel the real natural habitat and the feel of nature living together as one ......... it is an immensely humbling experience. We were either on a boat zipping through the water channels to various locations and lagoons or on foot with 2 guides showing us tracks and explaining the trees, fauna and coming across various animals enroute. We saw lions, hippos (great fun) crocodiles, impalas, baboons, aquatic antelope and numerous birds. There is a mokaru trip of such peaceful & tranquillity followed by serenely and peacefully stopping on the lagoon with our sundowner as the African sun set. That memory will stay in the months to come. The Desert & Delta team took care of us very well for transfers and at the airport. A very special time.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Xugana Island Lodge
Responded 25 Sept 2023
We are delighted to read that you had a wonderful stay with us at Xugana Island Lodge and that you got to soak up the beauty of this magical spot! We are pleased that every aspect of your stay exceeded your expectations and that you have lasting memories of your time in the Delta. We hope to welcome you back, till then best wishes, The Desert & Delta Safaris Team
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Jane M wrote a review Sept 2023
Washington, D.C.240 contributions138 helpful votes
The Xugana Island Lodge is magical. We had terrific guides (Jakes and TK) and the service from everyone at the hotel was outstanding. Each day we took a walk on an island and we learned so much about the area and how it sustains itself, the animals and biology. What your guide knows and you talk about each day is educational and fun. We saw amazing amount of animals (those darn hippos!) and birds (malachite kingfisher!). It is truly a once in lifetime spot.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 20 Sept 2023
Thank you for your kind review on you stay with us at Xugana Island Lodge. We pleased that your time with us was filled with wonderful sightings, education and fun! We hope to welcome you back soon, until then best wishes, The Desert & Delta Safaris Team
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br0wn4605 wrote a review Sept 2023
Hot Springs, Arkansas3 contributions
Our group made the transition from dry, arid landscape to the beautiful delta vista that provided wonderful wildlife. Our guide , Colleen and Zam, were extremely knowledgeable of wildlife and surrounding area. KP directed a fantastic group of individuals to make sure our every need was met. The dinner under the stars, the sunset drinks out on the water, and the welcoming fire pit as we made our way home was just perfection! Could not have asked for a more enjoyable setting.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 20 Sept 2023
We are pleased that you enjoyed the wildlife wonderland of Xugana Island Lodge and every aspect of your stay with us. Thank you for your kind review and praise, we will certainly pass this on to the team. Best wishes, The Desert & Delta Safaris Team
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AdeKlerk wrote a review Sept 2023
Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa3 contributions
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Amazing experience!!!! Definite must! The Delta by boat. Fishing among hippos. Close Elephant encounters. Big crocodiles. Matting lions. Unbelievable sunsets! Macoro cruises in the shallow waters… Amazing staff… Waking up to an Elephant 4 meters from my bed…incredible!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Michelle Odumetse, Marketing at Xugana Island Lodge
Responded 13 Sept 2023
Dear Ade, We are pleased that you got to experience the wonder of Xugana Island Lodge and enjoyed amazing Botswana! Xugana Island Lodge is certainly a unique island with so much to offer to our guests! You certainly had an incredible sightings and made memories never to forget! Best wishes, The Entire Desert & Delta Safaris Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Xugana Island Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Xugana Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Xugana Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Xugana Island Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Xugana Island Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Xugana Island Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Xugana Island Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Xugana Island Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Xugana Island Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.