The newly refurbished Eagle Island Camp offers a luxurious safari experience...
Eagle Island Camp: Our full report
On the of the Okavango Delta’s first photographic camps was built on Xaxaba Island, very close to where Eagle Island Camp is situated today, surrounded by lagoons, floodplains and waterways. It was called Xaxaba Camp. Chris, from Expert Africa, first visited it over 20 years ago, and although the camp has changed immeasurably, the surrounding landscape – which is ‘classic’ Okavango – is still just as beautiful.
Now built along the same lines as its sister camps, Savute Elephant Camp and Khwai River Lodge, Eagle Island Camp strives to meet almost hotel-like standards of luxury with in-room facilities like air conditioning and an internal phone system, despite its remote wilderness setting.
Eagle Island’s 11 luxury tents are raised on wooden platforms under thatched roofs. Each is equipped with a comfortable bed, mosquito net, minibar, hairdryer, safe and en-suite bathroom. A large deck with ceiling fan, seating and a hammock overlook the lagoon. One suite also offers a private plunge pool, outdoor showers and bath.
The communal facilities consist of an open-air dining area, a bar on a separate island close by, campfire, swimming pool, curio shop, satellite TV and internet access. The viewing decks face out to the lagoon
Due to the absence of permanent, sizable dry-land areas in this area, which are really needed for traditional game drives – the camp’s activities are all water-based, focusing on the scenery, birdlife and fishing rather than any game-viewing. Game drives are seasonal and occasionally offered when water levels are low enough. Most of the time the choice is trips by mokoro (dug-out canoe), motor boat and on foot. Fishing, and village visits are possible, as well as birdwatching and generally just appreciating the area.
Cruises and walks are often combined to visit surrounding islands, which can then be explored on foot with an armed guide. It says something for the clientele that helicopter trips are promoted as being available on request.
Our viewEagle Island Camp feels more like a lodge than a camp; and it’s much more substantial and imposing on the environment than many of the Delta’s other lodges and camps – so it’s not a natural choice for those who are seeking a place to stay in sympathy with its environment. That said, it is a very solid, well-built option – and so if you’re concerned about being in the ‘wilds’, and want the reassurance of a very solid camp, perhaps this is the right one for you.
Directions: Eagle Island Camp is reached by air transfer which takes about 20 minutes from Maun and roughly 90 minutes from Kasane.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Belmond Safaris
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: All drinks are included other than imported champagne.
Property’s age restrictions: Eagle Island Lodge has a minimum age limit of 8 years.
Notes: This is an unfenced camp in a wilderness area where wild animals can and do pass through so children should be under their parents supervision at all times.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: Eagle Island Camp has an inter-camp phone system linking rooms and reception. A satellite phone is available on request.
TV & radio: A satellite TV is located in the main area.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: Please note that it is only possible to fly out of camp during daylight hours as the bush airstrips do not have any lighting at night.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included
Money: Each room has a small safe for valuables.