Nxamaseri Camp is located in Botswana; it is a luxury fishing and birding experience. Safari in Botswana is amongst the finest in Africa, taking advantage of a relatively unpopulated country, dominated by the Kalahari Desert, seasonal water sources and vast salt flats. Botswana offers a myriad range of wildlife and diverse habitats including the Okavango Delta, the World’s largest inland delta. It presents a lush green oasis in a very arid land. Seasonal flooding creates an huge area of rich waterways that attract a concentration of animals- thereby creating excellent game viewing opportunities by both land and water. Nxamaseri Island Lodge stands on an island in the Okavango Panhandle, north of the Delta; about 12 miles north of Sepupa. There are several camps in the area, but we believe Nxamaseri is by far the best. The area is a prime fishing destination as well as being excellent for bird-watching and wild-life viewing. You will definitely want a camera along on this trip. Fishing season closes in January and February.
There are 6 private brick and thatch, double en-suite chalets with private decks overlooking the water. All chalets have hot and cold running water. Three-bed chalets are also available. The main lodge complex is centrally situated, with spectacular raised views over the Nxamaseri channel and surrounding floodplains. Wooden boardwalks lead to the chalets.
Three meals a day are offered, with times depending on the activities organized for the day. In addition, the lodge has a fully stocked bar, which includes a fine wine list. With emphasis on décor and cuisine, the Lodge provides an exclusive, revitalizing oasis for the traveler who wants to experience the tranquil and unique nature of Africa. The lounge/dining area is a semi-circle, open-plan thatched structure. The front of the building is completely open, and has been built around a forest of Jackalberry trees. There is plenty of seating space in handcrafted furnishings by the locals. It’s decorated in earthy tones and boasts authentic Botswana artwork. It is not ornate, but very comfortable and offers gorgeous river views.
Nxamaseri Island Lodge is proud to be considered the premier fly fishing destination in Botswana. The sought–after prize here is the tigerfish; however, this is only one of eight separate species in the area including bream, African pike and catfish. The area is a prime fishing destination. Guests can fish in deep water from a boat or sandbank for tiger fish and bream.
Flights are available from Maun, Kasane, Victoria Falls or other camps in the delta to Nxamaseri airstrip. Transfer time from the airstrip is 15 minutes by boat. If driving from the main road, transfer is by 4×4 vehicle and boat.
For those seeking ultimate tranquility, a morning or afternoon in a Mokoro, an African dugout canoe, is a must. This is a great way to explore smaller channels and backwaters of the Okavango. Fishing and birding are for sure the specialties at Nxamaseri Island Lodge, and there is a renewed focus on excursions to the Sacred San site, Tsodilo Hills to view over 2,000 ancient San paintings. The Tsodilo Hills is a remarkable place and has been declared Botswana’s only World Heritage Site.
For non-fishermen, Nxamaseri is a perfect destination to experience the esence of Africa. It is not a ‘game camp’. However, animals that frequent the area include hippopotamus, crocodile, sitatunga, red lechwe, genets, otters and monkeys. A feast for the eye or camera. About 325 of Botswana’s approximate 500 bird species are found in this area. It is home to a tremendous variety of water birds; with rarities like skimmers, as well as a host of egrets, storks, kingfishers and warblers, jacanas, herons, fish eagles, cormorants, darters, bee-eaters and king-fishers.