Nxamaseri Lodge

Reviews of Nxamaseri Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 44 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 44 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 & Mrs H - Dorking
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Would have been better as a one night stay probably. There is not enough activity to justify a two day stay. Breakfast is a disaster with a choice of two cereals followed up with bread or toast (if you are lucky) and instant coffee. Midday meal is pretty basic - evening meals are better. They basically cater for fisherman who go out early in the morning and return for the evening meal. They didn't seem to know what to do if you didn't want to fish. Condition of the room was pretty poor.

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Expert Africa comments

We forwarded this review to Justine, Nxamaseri's owner, who was very concerned. Justine explained that their usual front of house person was away; it seems that the stand-in did not keep on top of the breakfasts. There is usually a better spread on offer, including filter coffee.

We also chatted with this traveller to find out about the room complaints ... and the only issue that they could put their finger on was that they were not happy with a two-inch gap under the door to the chalet.

Justine apologised that this travellers' stay coincided with a group of very keen fishermen, who took up a lot of staff time and attention. She admits that none of this is an excuse for the poor breakfast, and as a result of this feedback they now have two front-of-house staff on permanently.


Mr DS - Surrey
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Excellent
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Loved the river trips; interesting trip to Tsodilo hills (a long way though!). Good to eat at one big table with the rest of the guests - interesting conversations.

Our designated guide, Small, worked hard for us. Transfers to and from the lodge were an adventure in themselves. Only thing was, your directions are now somewhat out of date - there is no longer a striped pole indicating the pick-up point, but a new sign advertising the lodge about 5kms from the turn-off to Tsodilo!

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Mr & Mrs F - Bristol
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Service:
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Barbel Run Spectacular

Amazing journey to get here - the'jetty' for the last part of the trip just a few planks at the edge of a flooded field. We felt as if we were on an adventure - which of course we were.

Our guide 'Mr P' was brilliant - knew loads of facts, strong enough to push us through the drying river on a makoro and confident enough to suggest what we needed to see, patient enough for us to get good photos of some of the birds who were a bit too quick for us.

One suggestion - they have lovely bread at lunch and dinner so get rid of the soggy rubbery toast at breakfast and serve bread instead.

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Mr & Mrs E - Montana
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Facilities:
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A place of refuge

Nxamaseri was a most wonderful place. We were both sorry we had not booked three nights. We were the only guests so had the undivided attention of the staff.

After all the activity of the wedding and traveling with a large group, this was a perfect place to begin our safari experience. Our guide, "Small", was wonderful, very knowledgeable, we loved being in his company. We spent two days on the river, birding and fishing, looking for other water wildlife. We saw many beautiful new birds and the fishing was good.

This lodge did sustain damage in the floods of 2010, I believe, and unless there is some attention to repair in the near future, this camp will suffer. It is something to inquire about. We did share these observations with our host.

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Dr E & Family - South Yorkshire
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
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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
Overall:
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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
Overall:
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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
Overall:
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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
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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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
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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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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