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Nxamaseri Island Lodge

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Nxamaseri Island Lodge, established in the early 1980s by PJ and Barney Bestelink, is a unique and exclusive African retreat located on a private island in Botswana's Okavango Delta. The lodge, one of the oldest in the region, is set amidst the scenic Nxamaseri Channel and features nine chalets beneath a forest canopy, each offering a tranquil escape with private teak decks. Guests can enjoy the cultural vibrance of Botswana, stunning views from the lounge, and traditional mokoro rides for a silent exploration of the delta's beauty.

The lodge provides a quiet haven with turned-down beds and hot water bottles during chilly nights. Safety is ensured with room and reception safes. Birding enthusiasts can revel in spectacular opportunities, especially from September to February, witnessing a diverse range of water birds and forest species. Guided walks on nearby islands offer an intimate experience of unspoiled Africa, while fishing, a primary activity from March to December, attracts both novice and experienced anglers with the indigenous tiger fish.

A unique cultural excursion lies an hour away—the mystical Tsodilo Hills, sacred to the San people of Northern Botswana, adorned with over 4000 ancient paintings. This visit offers a rare glimpse into an ancient culture facing increasing threats from external pressures.

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A chalet at Nxamaseri Island Lodge
Each chalet is privately situated on its own teak deck. Bedrooms are quiet havens with open access to a seating area on a private deck. Each evening will see guests’ beds turned down and if there is a chill in the air, hot water bottles are tucked in under the blankets as a welcome surprise for tired guests. A safe is provided in each room and at reception for guests’ valuables.


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22 Day Itinerary
  • Experience Okavango Delta
  • Visit Nxamaseri Island Lodge
  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Visit Hwange National Park
  • Explore Livingstone and Kafue
  • Safari quest in Lower Zambezi
Adventure Options, Land & Sea Exploration, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visits, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
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