Nxamaseri Lodge

Reviews of Nxamaseri Lodge

Excellent(92%) From 55 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 55 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 and Mrs A. from Shropshire
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Mr & Mrs F - Bristol
Arrived on: 6-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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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Mr A & Mrs M - Scotland
Arrived on: 1-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Delightful, if somewhat eccentric experience. travelling the Hippo trials in a dugout canoe was a great experience.

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Ms C & Mr M - northern Namibia and Botswana
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

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 !



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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.

Mr and Mrs W from Lanarkshire
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Very good team, the vibes are very friendly and all the staff seem to have a great rapport.

Tiaan has a good relationship with the staff. Guides knowledgable and general staff very helpful.

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Mr G & Mrs S - Nottinghamshire
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tian the croc catcher

This place was The highlight of our trip !!!!

If there is a more perfect place for the pair of us to go fishing pleas let us know

Please pass on our gratitude to Adam , Tiny ,Nine ,Big Mamma ,and especially Tian who can catch crocs with his bear hands !!!!

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Mr K - New York
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Excellent lodge. I had a great time. The guide (Adam) was incredible.

Would recommend anyone going on safari in Botswana to go to the Tsodilo Hills. Also great to get some exercise.

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Mrs M. from Preston
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

Nxamaseri Lodge was a wonderful surprise. Our guide Adam looked after us from the moment we met him at the 'junction' on the main road. Firstly we drove to the waters edge then has a ride by boat to get to the Lodge. The lodge was clean with great accommodation, bar and food. We went out on the Okovango River for a sun downer bird watching cruise and this was better than anything we did in Moremi National Park or in the Delta. I think Nxamaseri is a fantastic camp and a real alternative to the Delta.

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Mr & Mrs C - Wokingham
Arrived on: 29-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nxamaseri Lodge review

This was an excellent spot for river activities - mainly fishing and birding. You have to drive into Botswana from Namibia and it would help if Expert Africa gave some better directions to get through the various road junctions just inside Botswana (the map shows a straight road). The staff at the border crossing were great - its little used so they like to chat to visitors! We were the 10th car that day when we left Botswana at about 2pm.

You are met at the roadside by your ranger ("Fish" in our case). You park your car in a nearby village and pay the local people to look after it. The ranger drives you and your baggage several Km to the waters edge, then you transfer to a boat which takes about half an hour to get you through dense reed beds to the island/lodge - quite an adventure in itself.

The river trips are lovely - the only disappointment is that "Fish" caught two Tiger Fish and I didn't catch any - but I can excuse him for that. For one morning we went off in a makora traditional canoe - its a bit like punting and Fish did all the work - and it was very enjoyable. Plenty of birds and hippos. I understand there are otters but we didn't see them. Fish and the lodge staff were all very helpful and friendly.

The manager (Tianne) was frankly so laid-back as to be almost horizontal. He omitted to mention the risk of the monkeys getting into the bungalow so it came as a bit of a shock to find they'd been through absolutely everything - and we found the folder that had once contained our travel documents down by the waters edge - guarded by a fairly big crocodile. When we told the manager about this - and the monkey excrement in the bathroom, he explained that "yes the monkeys are becoming a bit of a nuisance and maybe we'll try to make the room more monkey-proof". Then he yawned and wandered off.

Advice: If you visit Nxamaseri, put absolutely everything in cupboards or in zipped up suitcases. Don't let the risk of monkey-trouble put you off.

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa forwarded these travellers comments to Nxamaseri Lodge, who responded with the following:

We sincerely apologise for the problems experienced by these travellers and we will ensure they are dealt with. The monkeys on the island occasionally do become as problematic as this, but it is very seldom. Please note that we do have safes in the rooms and in the office for safe-keeping of valuables and documents.

Mr & Mrs F from Ealing
Arrived on: 1-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Civilisation in the middle of the swamps

Nxamaseri is located on an island so a matter of slight concern for us was to ensure we arrived at the pickup point where we were to leave our vehicle within the specified time slot. As it happened the roads are so good that travel time is predictable even from some distance away if you know the relevant distances and we arrived bang on schedule. Our vehicle was parked in a small village off the road where it was looked after. We were then taken in one of the Lodge's 4x4s to the Okavango River were we transferred with our baggage to a small boat with a wonderful introduction to the area of a 30 minute boat trip to the Lodge which is discreetly hidden among the trees on a small island.

The accommodation was amazingly luxurious for such a remote place. Food and facilities were equally attractive.

Staff were charming and our guide - called "Fish" (in English) who said he is a River Bushman was excellent and extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the wildlife, birds, plants and animals.

Nxamaseri is especially notable for bird watchers - we saw 34 species in a day of cruising up and down the waterways between verdant islands. With hindsight this was one of the highlights of a trip involving stays at eighteen different places.

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