Set on remote Xaxaba Island, on the passage routes of many species, the lodge has long been the ideal base from which to explore the Okavango Delta.
Recently re-imagined, the lodge’s design captures the spirit of the delta, blending cleverly into the landscape while offering stylish and contemporary comforts. The wonders of nature take centre stage. A natural, earthy palette emphasises the delta’s dazzling hues; views of the mesmerising landscape grace every room. Just like the water channels that weave their way through the grasslands, the design flows through the lodge.
Delightful touches take inspiration from the wildlife – a swarm of metal butterflies hovers near the ceiling, wall textures echo elephant skin.
Your days promise to be filled with awe-inspiring adventures tailored to the season. When the delta’s flooded, usually between May and October, the water wonderland is best explored by boat. In the drier months, activities include nature walks, village visits and an exhilarating horseback and helicopter safari.
As night falls, enjoy a sundowner in the bar, listening out for the fish eagle’s distinct whistle. Or gather round the campfire for barbecued treats and the chance to swap stories with your fellow travellers.
Considered the most exciting safari destination in Africa, Botswana is celebrated for its unparalleled diversity of landscapes and wildlife
Defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, the country’s dynamic ecosystem makes it an irresistible magnet to wildlife. This is where you’ll find, for example, the world’s largest population of elephants.
Across Botswana, from the lush wetlands of the extraordinary Okavango Delta – 10,000 square miles of floodplains, palm groves and papyrus swamps visible from space – to the swathes of shrubby savannah and swaying grasslands dotted with baobab trees, a thrilling array of animals finds sanctuary. Not just the "big five" of lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino, but hyena, warthog, the endangered Cape wild dog, black-backed jackals, bat-eared foxes, aardvarks, pangolins and a glorious wealth of amphibians, reptiles and birds.
Soak up this theatre of matchless drama from Belmond’s three captivatingly different safari lodges, set in the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. Connected to each other by light aircraft, together our spectacularly located retreats provide the ultimate Botswana safari experience.
Getting to the lodge
From Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport (JNB) to either Maun Airport (MUB) or Kasane (BBK); From Cape Town Airport (CPT) to Maun; From Zambia or Zimbabwe by road transfer or scheduled charter flight; From Namibia by commercial flight or Private Charter. Private charter flights from / to Belmond lodges and from / to Maun or Kasane airports can be arranged.
Scheduled intercamp flights are approximately 20 minutes from Maun Airport or 85 minutes from Kasane Airport. Helicopter transfers from Maun are are also available.
All the guests are welcomed at the private airstrip and a helipad is also located nearby.
OPEN AIR RESTAURANT
The lodge's fabulous restaurant is full of distractions. Do you gaze at the wildlife, the colourful insect collections and scientific instruments, or turn your attention to the aromas coming from the wood-burning oven? Gather here for breakfast before your morning safari or at lunchtime to choose enticing specialities.
Few experiences match eating beneath the inky sky beside a crackling fire. Savour tender grilled meats with all the trimmings and a refreshin...
Choose from a selection of therapies to enjoy in the comfort of your room or on your private deck. Relax and absorb the gentle sounds of the delta – the call of a fish eagle, an elephant swishing by – as a therapist gives you a soothing massage or rejuvenating facial. Africology treatments are used which cintain potent natural ingredients such as hydrating aloe ferox, mineralrich green rooibos and marula, hailed by the beauty industry as a "miracle oil".
Children over the age of 6 welcome when sharing a room with an adult. Adult supervision required in and round the lodge and on activities.
RELAXING PAST TIMES
Ask the Lodge Manager for an artist’s easel and brushes if you feel inclined to sketch some of the amazing sights you’ve seen, or challenge a friend to a game on the magnificent chess set. (These items are kept hidden from the baboons and vervet monkeys, who are inclined to collect treasures for their own creative use!), enjoy stories shared with friend around the lodge's open air fire pit around a warm cracling fire.
Browse the store to discove...
All tented rooms are housed on raised wooden platforms shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. Complete with a rim flow plunge pool, large private decks furnished with easy chairs. Each room features an indoor shower, a walled outdoor shower with a window looking onto the Delta, as well as a large indoor bathtub and a walk-in wardrobe.
Details & Amenities
En-suite bathroom with separate shower and tub
Walled outdoor shower
Private plunge pool
Bathrobes and slippers
Same day laundry service
24-hour emergency facilities and communications
SIZE 82 SQ M (880 SQ FT)
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