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.
Mr H & Ms E - London
Arrived on: 31-May-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

An amazing little hideaway in the Botswana pan handle. The drive from Namibia to the lodge was interesting and easy. Just leave time for border crossings and remember that Botswana is on different time to Namibia sometimes!

The water was high; the papyrus and reeds were thick. At this time of year (May), it was a place for hypnotic boat trips, some tiger fishing and an incredible array of birds. We also did the awesome (and bumpy) day trip to the Tsodilo Hills - a spiritual place with 3000 year old bushmen paintings. We'd highly recommend this.

The lodge itself has been family owned and run for many years and has a unique style and character. However, it has been struggling in recent times and new management has come in with what sound like reasonable plans for re-marketing and updating up it. We hope they keep the same special character and wish them well. The staff are part of the family and our guide, Socks, was excellent!

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Mr J & Miss P - London
Arrived on: 24-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

We loved our stay here and were made to feel very welcome by the whole team. The lodge has a very laid back atmosphere and you can set your own schedule as to activities which was very relaxing after the safari camps in the delta.

We went fishing and bird watching on the river, but the pinnacle of our stay was a trip to the Tsodilo Hills, what a sight! These are a truly amazing sight and a must see when in the panhandle. We'd both like to say how grateful we were for a brilliant stop over at Nxamaseri, keep it up!

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Mr C & Mrs K - Leicestershire
Arrived on: 4-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Another very nice lodge. The way in was a little tortuous taking nealy 40 mins by 4X4 pickup and then boat. Their transfer point from pickup to boat is getting further and further from the lodge it seems. The boat is alway needed since the lodge is on an island.

The location is wonderful. At least one of the boatmen (our guide) is very knowlegable in birds. The trips are superb. We had excellent views of fish eagle amonst others.

The staff and owners were very friendly. The open fronted rooms were provided with mosquito nets, insect repellant and repellant burning coils for the night.

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Mr J & Mrs S Caprivi
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Hosts Jack and Eve Drew V. Good. Only Guests.
Room rustic, basic but ok. Good food.

Fantastic fishing. I caught 6 kilo Tiger. 13.5 lbs.
Mr. P brilliant fishing guide.

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Mr & Mrs S from Norfolk
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

A great place to stay, surprisingly we were the only ones other than a camera crew.

Really wished we could have stayed longer! Great guide and lovely canoe trip.

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Mr & Mrs L from Sheffield
Arrived on: 16-Apr-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Superb in every aspect - one of our most enjoyable stopovers.

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Mr & Mrs W from Staffordshire
Arrived on: 9-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Glad to have started on the Panhandle

Having our first stay at Nxamaseri meant that we were able to experience the Okavango River in the Panhandle as the annual surge was taking place: this gave perspective to our visit to the delta. The lodge provided boats to explore the river - fish, birds, and setting - and a vehicle to visit the Tsodilo Hills. Adam was an outstanding guide to all the wildlife, and on the Tsodilo expedition; and knew exactly how to handle the boat for fishing purposes. Jack and Eve provided all the welcome, support and advice that we could have asked for: including enabling us to re-arrange our itinerary with Expert Africa when this needed to be amended.

Maybe because we were the only visitors, this was a less formal camp than the two we stayed in in the delta. The excellent cooking and meals were 'home' rather than hotel-style.

This is not a location to be visited if big game viewing is an objective, as its brochures make clear. But it is an outstanding facility for appreciating the ecology of the delta, with people who have both the expertise and the commitment - and the literature - to explain it.

NB to anglers: for tigerfish, take standard big pike spinners with good quality hooks, and the best traces you can find (at least 20lbs bs.) Lightish rod OK.

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Mr & Mrs A from Hants
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Okavango River experience

The chalets were open-fronted and open under the eaves. This was unfortunate because:

(1) there was no safeguard against the predations of the local vervet monkeys, and

(2) the chalets were not proof in any way against insects from stagnant water which was everywhere around (the river was at its highest level for over forty years). We both got badly bitten by insects other than mosquitoes.

This was run essentially as a fishing camp, although there was plenty of birdlife, etc as an alternatve occupaton. Good guide.

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Five friends from Amsterdam
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful birds at Nxamaseri Lodge

A beautiful secluded spot for a restful visit to the Okavango Delta. Excellent guide for birding trips on the water - rich variety of the local bird life. Fantastic sunrises and sunsets!

The service was very personal. The chalets themselves gave a lot of privacy, but didn't have a proper front wall. You could solve this - if you didn't want to be brave at night - by pulling down a transparent tent canvas.

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Mr & Mrs A - London
Arrived on: 2-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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One of the highlights of our holiday

We visited Nxamaseri in May after unusually heavy floods and we thought the area was absolutely stunning. The boat transfer to the lodge is an amazing experience in itself through the most beautiful wetland area.

We thought the lodge itself had a lot of character and charm. The (relatively new) managers are a delightful South African couple who really looked after us well.

Our guide was very good on birds and we saw lots of species on our boatrips (with a bit of walking on dry land) even though this was not the best time of year for birds.

We'd love to go back and visit the lodge again at a different time of year.

Day trip to Tsodilo Hills - We really enjoyed this trip although a lot of of the rock art we saw had been damaged by human contact and therefore was a little disappointing. However a couple of times we did some rock scrambling to get up a bit higher and the condition of the pictures was much better once we got away from the most accessible areas.

Nevertheless we did think the trip was worthwhile to soak up the general ambience of the place and find out about its history. It took us about one and a half hours from Nxamaseri (including the initial boat transfer) and the lodge provided us with a very splendid picnic lunch which we ate on a table and chairs under the trees.

We also 'visited ' a San village near the hills. I felt a little doubtful about doing this but our guide said they welcomed visitors to sell their shell jewellery. I bought a couple of necklaces - we didn't look round the village, it wouldn't have been appropriate and I would not suggest visiting unless you're going to buy something.

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