Nxamaseri Lodge

Reviews of Nxamaseri Lodge

Excellent(93%) From 73 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 73 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 P & Mrs E from UK
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

A unique place, exciting to get to and to stay in. Rooms could do with some work to make them more comfortable.

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Mr A & Mrs L from Norfolk
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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We loved it

Once there (see below) we really enjoyed Nxamaseri. As we don't fish this was a birding destination for us, as well as part of a water/land balance for our itinerary as a whole.

You can only reach it by boat and there are no other lodges in the immediate area, which makes it wonderfully tranquil. Our guide Adam was excellent and we saw so many new birds (to us) during our private boat and mokoro excursions. Tian, one of the owners, was extremely helpful.

The accommodation is simple and we are definitely not ones to 'rough it' but this was rustic in the best sense and we loved it. There is only a low wall at the front of the 'room' so it is open to the air unless you want to roll down a canvas cover. It was wonderful to wake up at dawn looking through the trees at the rising sun. It's the fresh air appeal of camping but in comfort!

With regard to the journey there from Maun, I have a few thoughts for Expert Africa based on our experience.
The A35, which is the road used for most of the journey to Nxamaseri, is indescribably awful. The size and sheer number of potholes, which join together to make avoidance impossible, makes this a challenge even for confident drivers. When you have been made late and feel you need to tackle it at 100kms per hour, it's even less fun. I suggest that EA should make clients aware of this when planning the itinerary so that they can decide whether they are happy to take it on. The separate sheet of details and directions supplied by EA contains a phone number not recognised by Tian at the lodge and caused confusion.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry about the apparent discrepancy between the telephone numbers. We have double checked with Nxamaseri who assured us that the contact numbers are correct on our documents, so they assume that there must have been some misunderstanding by Tian.

We'd also like to thank these travellers for updating us on the condition of the A35 - it sounds like some serious re-tarring needs to be done. We have taken note of this and will advise our travellers accordingly.

Mr A & Mrs R from Berbs
Arrived on: 26-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Fabulous setting

We loved this lodge, the setting is wonderful. The manager is delightful and we were lucky to be there with the owner and his film crew which resulted in a fun filled and very interesting stay.

Our guide Adam was also excellent.

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Mr K & Mrs S from NL
Arrived on: 14-May-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Monkey business

This was our favorite lodge. It has a truly idyllic location in the wilderness on the waterfront. Just getting there by boat is already an adventure. Wonderful huts in the middle of nature.

Highly enjoyable excursions by boat and on foot. First rate, highly knowledgeable guide "P". Great food including freshly baked bread every day. Staff was the most dedicated we encountered on this trip. We may have felt spoilt because we were the only guests though.

Our only gripe was that monklies raided our hut three times on one day and took our malaria tablets (!) amongst other things. There was nothing that could be done to prevent this because the monkeys had learned to squeeze themselves under the screens facing the porch. Certainly it is not asking too much to make the huts monkey proof?

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Mrs F from London
Arrived on: 23-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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magical lodge on Okavanga delta

This was a highlight.

The instructions from Expert Africa for meeting our welcome vehicle referred to a time change between Botswana and Namibia. These instructions were not relevant as the timechange was the following week and this caused confusion and bit of panic as crossing the border was slow.

The transfer from meeting the welcome vehicle to the lodge was exciting with a safari vehicle and river trip to the lodge with masses of yellow butterflies and wildlife.

Our room was lovely with only three sides and a view through the trees. Food was excellent and our trips with Adam punting a canoe through the reeds were glorious. We learnt a lot about the birdlife.

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Mr C & Ms B from UK
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Bird and fishing paradise at Nxamaseri

Excellent arrangements for meeting self-drive guests, car minding and transportation to and from the camp.

Although the exceedingly low water levels in the delta meant that the noises of wild animals heard from the camp had been replaced by cowbells and braying donkeys from nearby grazing animals, this did not detract from this water based experience. Our private guide Adam was brilliant, and we thoroughly enjoyed the fishing trips and makoro activities on the beautiful water-lilly covered waters. The birdlife was stunning - every bit as good as we were expecting.

The camp accommodation was spacious enough, but appeared to be in need of some refurbishment, (which is apparently due early 2017). For example, holes in the mosquito nets.

The common areas were pleasant, with a nice camp fire area and a communal dining table to encourage sociable evening chat. The lack of modern-day trappings such as Wi-fi, cell phone coverage and mains electricity enhances the wilderness experience to which the camp aspires.

The food was a little disappointing. Breakfasts and light lunches were reasonable, but the evening meals were not inspired, and the 'lamb chops' served on our third night were actually inedible. The staff however were all friendly and attentive and the service was good.

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Arrived on: 26-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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camp needs repairs

We really liked our experience here, but the camp really was in poor repair.

We were surprised because this was the most expensive stop on our trip. Even our bug net had holes in it.

Tsodilo Hills was enchanting, and birdwatching on the river was fantastic.

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Mr & Mrs H from Woodbridge
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Excellent place to stay. Welcoming and sociable host.

Our knowledgeable and friendly guide, Adam, looked after us from picking us up from our car to dropping us off again at the end of our stay. Boat and canoe trips excellent

Excellent and socialable meals in the company of the other guests.

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Mr J from UK
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Wonderful lodge on its own island. River activities by boat or canoe.

As the brochure says - not much big game, but the bird life is plentiful and the whole experience truly amazing.

Our best time on this trip

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Mr C & Mrs C from Lancs
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

What an amazing place. Superb scenery, bird life and wonderful people.

All the staff were very helpful and welcoming and we had an excellent guide, Phuraki, who guided us on both days, including a mokoro trip and a visit to the Tsodilo hills,, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had our own boat allocated to us for our stay.

Tian was the perfect host and the food was superb.

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