Xugana Island Lodge (Okavango Delta) Botswana
Xugana (pronounced ku-gana) means “kneel down to drink”.
Xugana Lagoon has, for thousands of years, been a safe haven
for the Bushman people who hunted this pristine water world.
Xugana Lagoon is in the permanent Delta, a world of crystal
clear waterways winding through vast reed and papyrus beds,
opening unexpectedly onto tranquil lagoons, home to bream,
catfish and the fighting tiger-fish and fringed by secret
wooded islands, haven for the magnificent bird and wildlife
that inhabit the Delta.
Xugana Lagoon is widely accepted as being the most
spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango
Delta. Xugana Island Lodge, situated on a wooded island
abutting the lagoon, takes full advantage of this
The thatched common area, comprising cocktail bar, lounge
and curio shop, is still the original building put up in
1974, when Xugana became only the second Tourist lodge ever
built in the Okavango Delta.
Meals, for which the lodge is justly famous, are taken
alfresco on the edge of the lagoon, except on those rare
occasions of rain when the lounge doubles as the
dining-room. Tea is often served in the garden inside the
island, where quiet, secluded reading benches can also be
The lodge swimming pool is a unique construction,
allowing guests to swim in the clear fresh water of the
lagoon protected by a heavy metal cage, designed to deter
“fat Albert” the crocodile, a long-time lagoon resident.
The lodge accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in raised
reed and thatch “Mesasas” situated on the shaded fringe of
the island, each with a lagoon view through the artfully
cleared lagoon-side vegetation.
The tastefully decorated “Mesasas” have twin or double
beds, en-suite facilities, ceiling fan and a private deck.
Mokoro trips in eco-friendly dugout canoes built to the
traditional design, boat safaris to lagoons and islands and
wilderness walks give guests the chance to see the Delta
denizens such as Sitatunga and lechwe antelope, crocodile
and hippo, as well as the other big game that frequents the
islands and riverine fringes.
Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and the
bream and tiger fishing can be excellent at certain times of
the year. The peaceful boat ride back across Xugana Lagoon
during the spectacular African sunset provides a lifelong
Accommodation Rates:- From $590 per person per night
sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested