Reviews of Nxamaseri Lodge
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Nxamaseri was brilliant
Arriving at the beautiful lodge through acres of water lilies to a warm reception from Tiaan and Geraldine set the tone for our stay.
Our room was large and comfortable with netting walls (no hot water tap at the basin but a large pot of hot water delivered on request).
Our guide Fish was exceptional, in tune with his environment and sensitive to our interests. Our boat and mokoro trips were enjoyable and informative. A picnic boat trip to the "Red Cliff" to see the nesting swallows was highlight as was brief period fishing for tiger.
Meals at the single dining table were enjoyable occasions with a good variety of well cooked meals produced by Tiny the cook.
Beautiful peaceful setting, lovely
Wonderful setting only accessible by boat, rooms hidden away in the forest at river's edge and very secluded, very friendly staff, we were the only guests and Tian ate with us, joined in star gazing etc. Very comfortable communal area although we didn't seem to have much time to sit in it!
Lovely river safaris by boat and mokoro, many birds, hippos etc.
Hippos pretty noisy at night!
Would love to return. Stayed 2 days but so relaxing could have stayed an extra night.
Home from home at Nxamaseri Lodge
What a beautiful place! It really is so remote and peaceful. From our jeep and boat transfer to the lodge, we were constantly delighted. As the only guests at the Lodge, we were spoiled. It was certainly the best stay of our trip by a long way!
Absolutely wonderful staff - everyone we met was like a close friend! We had some excellent chats with Geraldine and Tiaan over dinner/drinks and Adam and Fish were excellent guides!
The food was hearty and tasty - loved the fresh bread. The inclusive drinks was a real treat - thank you! The rooms were quirky - we had an open air room which meant we could hear the hippos at night. This was surprisingly relaxing! Even though the temperature dropped at night, the bed was very warm and we were provided hot water bottles. Our only minor issue was a faulty water heater for our shower but Tiaan was determined to resolve the problem for us.
The activities were all a lot of fun - from the Mokoro trip to our multiple fishing/sundowner boat trips - we lived getting out on the water and learned a lot about the water bird life. Car parking at the village worked very well. Glad to help the locals in return for safe keeping of our van.
Super, secluded setting.
This is a wonderfully secluded lodge in the heart of the Okavango Panhandle (a proper Okavango experience but without the high expense of flying into the delta).
We were given a warm, friendly welcome by everyone. The facilities and service were 'top notch' - apart from a slight problem with the tepid showers.
The manager and guides were very knowledgeable but very accessible. Our stay lacked for nothing.
We would highly recommend this to others.
Definitely a highlight in every respect.
We all loved Nxamaseri where we were treated like royalty by Christiane and Geraldine. Our guides Adam and Fish also deserve a special mention. Being the only guests there did help, but at Nxamaseri they went out of their way to make the experience very special.
The accommodation was comfortable and fun, being open to the bush and water and accessed by boardwalk. It felt exotic. Our bar tab was generously picked up by the Lodge in recognition of the support over the years from Expert Africa's Maruska and Saskia. The water based activities were wonderful mokoro and fishing trips through a bird rich environment. The isolation of the Lodge on an island adds to the magic and feeling of having left the world behind.
Food was good. It was the only place we all felt we could have easily spent longer.
Moved to another lodge due to fire
The papyrus was burning in numerous places when we arrived and only the night before the Lodge had only been saved by damping down the roofs. The owners offered us another lodge north which we accepted as it would have been foolish to refuse,
Eve and Small took us by boat to the alternative lodge and were our hosts and guides for our two nights. They even arranged for our car to be moved.
What can we say about Eve and Small that would reflect the care and attention given to the two of us. Yes we were their only charges for our stay and I hope they enjoyed the boat safaris as much as we did. We left feeling pampered and privileged.
Brilliant guiding by 'Fish'
We weren't sure what we were going to do at this fairly simple river camp, as we don't fish, but were gently persuaded out of our comfort zone and ended up trying everything! 'Fish', who seemed to know every inch of the area, told us a lot about the traditional way of life and showed us round the island where he grew up.
Gliding along in the dugout' canoe, it was so peaceful we felt as though we were the only people on the river. We spotted huge numbers of birds and many hippos and even tried fishing....
Back at the lodge, Eve made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed: excellent food, eaten family style, though we could have happily lived on the various home-made breads.
Amazing birds and great company
A great place to stay-rooms are excellent and the guiding was brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble for our guide.
Sitting round the fire at night, meeting some guys who were canoeing the length of the Okavango from the highlands of Angola to the Delta unforgetable-just an amazing place to stay.
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Delightful, if somewhat eccentric experience. travelling the Hippo trials in a dugout canoe was a great experience.Read more about the whole trip
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The lodge is quite remote, so it is important to check that you have an arranged meeting with the driver.The instructions to meet are not very clear and need improving., They do not meet by the coloured post.
The brochure says "luxury accommodation" which is something of an exaggeration, but nevertheless the camp is very pleasant and comfortable although some repairs need to be done e g the room doors where the zips are partially broken and the swimming pool - brown and unusable .
The food is very good, some of the best we had on holiday, and also the guides were experienced and knowledgeable We had a nice time seeing lots of water birds and even fishing and the Tsodillo hill was interesting. , but a 2 day detour is prob too short for the effort of border crossing etc !
Expert Africa comments
We have noted that these travellers did not receive clear directions to Nxamaseri Lodge. This has been rectified and our literature improved.
Nxamaseri Lodge have advised that their swimming pool is in the process of being built, with an aim to have it open for guests from March 2015. It is currently holding rainwater which needs to be drained once a filter has been installed and the poolside area completed. In light of these guests feedback the lodge realised that they did not have a clear 'closed' sign visible. This will be rectified and lodge management will explain the situation to visitors upon arrival until the pool is open.