In Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis, Xugana Island Lodge is situated in a private concession and overlooks the Xugana Lagoon which is widely revered for its captivating splendour. Water flows continuously in the Okavango Delta through the sands of the Kalahari. Like the story of star-crossed lovers, the waters of the Okavango River rise into the highlands of Angola, yet somehow never meet the sea. Instead this mammoth body of water pours itself out into the sands of the Kalahari in despair. And like every unrequited romance, the land breeds hope from its actions, turning parched desert into fresh water channels, flora-rich islands and lagoons that team with life.
The lodge accommodates just 16 guests in large raised reed and thatch lagoon facing chalets, with en-suite facilities and private viewing decks situated on the shaded borders of the island. An open boma and al fresco dining area overlooks the expanse of pristine water that makes up the permanent Delta.
The lounge, bar and dining areas are set back under the soothing canopy of ancient African trees. These rooms are thatched without the interference of walls, creating symmetry with nature. The opportunities to relax and collect oneself are numerous, be it at the quelled waters of the swimming pool, the majestic gardens in the central island, or even glimpses of the Delta’s energetic wildlife.
Activities & Wildlife
Exploring the Delta by motorboat or canoe (mokoro), combined with walking on surrounding islands in the concession, gives guests the chance to experience a classic Okavango Delta safari and view incredible wildlife who thrive in the area. No 4×4 vehicles can penetrate into these watery regions of the Delta. During summer months the islands of the Delta teem with breeding birds, making it a bird-lovers utopia. Fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity at the lodge.