Nxamaseri Lodge

Reviews of Nxamaseri Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 40 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 40 of our travellers who have visited Nxamaseri Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr E & Family - South Yorkshire
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Perhaps the most beautiful location we stayed in during our three week trip. The papyrus, waterlillies and reedshas not been based by massess or tourists as in other places we stayed.

Adam was a great guide for our boat trips.

The only suggestion I would make, would be for a small box with some childrens books or toys eg snakes and ladders would go a long way, expecially as there is no pool etc.

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Mr and Mrs L from Paris
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Fantastic location on an island in the Okavango panhandle. The trip from the tar road to the camp is even scenic and interesting.

We liked having a personal guide (Phoraki Ngoro "Mr. P") for the 3 days we spent here. If you missed a photo from the right angle with the right lighting (eagle plucking up a fish, for example), he will ensure that you get a second chance at the shot, including finding another fish! Great guide!

No big animals here, but plenty of birds, crocs and fish.

Communal dining makes it easy to talk to other guests, however the lodge owner does not live on site, so you have to interact with managers who tend to have a "commercial" attitude. The day trip to the Tsodilo hills was expensive and disappointing: the rock paintings are not as good as in e.g. Namibia, the bushman village is a disaster and the drive takes forever.

Nxamaseri is still an excellent place to get a feel for the Okavango delta while easily accessible by car.

We were very fortunate to meet and speak with Brad Bestling whose family retook ownership of the lodge. He is a diver and at the time was working with a film crew. A three-year research is underway studying crocodiles; it was a wonderful experience to hear tidbits about the work. You can watch a video about the research online: "Sixty Minutes: Deadly Encounter
Monday, July 16, 2012; interviewer: Liz Hayes"

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Family K - London
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri lodge - relax and enjoy!!

This is a fantastic place to stay. We were made to feel welcome and were looked after from the first minute to the last. We saw numerous birds (all identified for us), hippos, crocodiles and a variety of plants (with explanations of their use); we learnt to fish and gained a brief insight into the life style of people on the delta. The guide was brilliant. The mokoro trip was a fantastic experience, one of the highlights of our holiday, culminating in a close encounter with a family of hippos.

The hosts were great, the food was good, all the staff were friendly and helpful. Our nut allergy was responded to by taking nuts off the menu during our stay - much appreciated.

The rooms had enough space both inside and on the decking outside and a view different enough from the common area to provide a choice.

A great location with plenty to see and to do. Strongly recommended. This is an excellent place to explore the wide open space in and to experience the emptiness of the delta.

One small detail - the totem pole is not what you might expect if you've seen one in North America and the distance from the town to the south was not quite what the instructions said. We found the guide as much by chance.

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Mrs E & family - Netherlands
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge is a very special lodge.

The location in the Okavanga delta is special. Great place to go fishing for tiger fish and bream. We had a few good catches.

The presence of an inernational camera crew with Bratt and his wife, who specialised in diving with crockodiles was very interesting. Good discussions over dinner and around the camp fire.

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Mr R & Mrs B - Portugal
Arrived on: 2-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great time at Nxamaseri

We met our guide at the main road as arranged and he was spot on time wise. As we had 4x4 we followed him to the river and left our car there. The trip then by boat to the lodge was amazing and to come round a bend in the river and see the lodge overlooking the river was super.

The management Justine and Chris (relief) could not do enough for us. We could go out on the river when we wanted. The atmosphere was friendly and very helpful and we felt relaxed and comfortable. The guiding was very good and knowledgeable. On leaving we were given packed lunches for which they refused to charge us.

A definite place to return.

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Dr D & Mrs V - Nottingham
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Although a range of activities are advertised, this really is a fishing lodge.

Having said that, Dave's venture into fishing was very successful; Mrs. V felt a bit isolated as she was the only woman there apart from staff. Staff very friendly and hospitable.

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Mr G party of four - Norway
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

We arrived this place with high expectations, but the manager was not a very friendlly person, and he was both rude and arrogant. However, the fishing and the boat trips were great. We had a great guide named Small, and thanks to him we had two nice days in the panhandle.

If you want to come here you must know beforehand what to do, as the management is not very helpful in suggesting what to see or do. Obviously fishing and birdwatching are the attractions.

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Expert Africa comments

Although these travellers enjoyed two nice days here, we were disturbed by any thought of a ‘rude’ or ‘unfriendly’ manager. Hence, we asked these travellers for more details, and shared these with one of the lodges’ owner, Justine.

She looked, point-by-point into these issues. She has assured us that this impression stemmed from misunderstandings and some lack of clarity in the manager’s comments, rather than any intentional rudeness or unfriendliness. She has apologised profusely to these travellers.

The lodge team have taken steps to learn lessons from these comments, and Justine assures us that the same mistakes won’t occur again. From the thoroughness of her investigations and comments, we’ve great faith that this is the case – and retain our confidence in the lodge as a good place for our travellers to visit.

Mr R & Mrs M & Mr A & Ms P - West Sussex
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

There were indications of some complacency at the more senior level of management in the camp.

That said, everything else about this site and the associated activities were excellent. We enjoyed superb wildlife sightings and thoroughly enjoyed fishing for Tiger Fish with our guide Adam who was superb at his job and very knowledgable about the fauna.

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Family L from Sevenoaks
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Fanrtastic arrival by 4WD & boat (no other way!) at a perfect location and we had the lodge to ourself! Very sociable hosts who joined us in conversation into the early hours!

Excellent activities - especially if you're into fishing & bird life - our guide ('Small') was first class & knew where to find the wild life both from the boat & the mokoro. There's not much larger wildlife apart from crocs & the hippos we could hear close by but could not see!

Overall Nxamaseri provides a very enjoyable, relaxing & interesting contrast with other lodges.

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Destelbergen Party from Belgium
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

The start of the Nxamaseri experience was very promising given the magical location of the lodge. From that point onwards it turned into a progressive disappointment.

The welcome was mediocre and the first 20 minutes spent on signing liability waivers. Management does not appear motivated and overall service levels were poor. The rooms did not resemble the room used in their advertisement. The only bright light of the stay was Adam the guide. Overall very poor value for money

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