Lovely secluded fishing camp in the panhandle

Okavango Delta - Panhandle
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Okavango Panhandle - WET Camp

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Our Highlights

  • Offers the unique Living with Elephants interaction
  • walking and night drives
  • Excellent Birding
  • Peaceful location

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Nxamaseri Lodge is a fishing and birding destination. The Okavango Panhandle is at the top most point of the Delta and is where you will find the larger Channels of water that actually resemble rivers and not channels.


Most people who travel here are keen fishermen or birders and there is little to no normal game here compared to the central Delta and northern areas of Botswana.


This small lodge caters for fishermen and birders perfectly. You can relax at the lodge with its small but more than adequate lounge and accommodations or travel out on the lodges motor boats to explore the area. If you like to fish or are a keen birder then we definitely recommend this lodge.

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Riverside lodge, boating trip for mainly fishing and birding


Okavango panhandle

How do I get there

By air to Shakawe from where pickup is arranged or via self drive

Lodge Type

Okavango river Lodge with 6 chalets

Whats Included


  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included


  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy


Children of all ages accepted with conditions

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Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities




Nxamaseri Lodge and its surroundings is primary a fishing destination, however it is also a mecca for birding. The remote location and rich natural resources of Nxamaseri Island Lodge ensure that the area is home to a phenomenal wealth of birdlife.


Nxamaseri boasts one of the densest concentrations of Fish Eagles in Southern Africa. Water birds are prolific here and Nxamaseri provides unrivalled water bird viewing, having a large variety of kingfishers, herons, storks and other waterfowl. The area also has an impressive list of woodland and riverine forest species that occur on the islands and in the seasonal floodplains beyond the lodge.

Sightings at Nxamaseri Island Lodge include rarities such as the nearly-endemic Slaty Egret, African Skimmer, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White-backed Night Heron, Western-banded Snake Eagle, Wattled Crane and Lesser Jacana. There are also a number of species that have their southernmost range in the Okavango, including the Coppery-tailed Coucal, Brown Firefinch, Hautlaub’s Babbler, Swamp Boubou, Long-toed Plover and Swamp Warbler.





Nxamaseri Island Lodge is renowned for its incredible year-round lure fishing and is featured in several specialist books including “Fly Fishing in Southern Africa”, “The Longest Cast” and “A Fly Fishing Safari in Africa”.


Our location is well known for its sheer volume of Tiger Fish, one of the world’s most dramatic freshwater game fish. An indigenous species that provides thrilling angling for both experienced and novice fishermen, the Tiger Fish has a voracious appetite and can reach as much as nine kilos in weight.


Various other species – including some magnificent bream and catfish – can also be caught on line, ensuring an eventful and memorable fishing trip.


Fly-fishing for tigerfish at Nxamaseri Island Lodge


The best time to fish

Bream fishing is usually best during the winter months, from April until August. The optimum time to fish for Tiger Fish is during the annual catfish runs (“barbel runs”). The exact time of these runs differs from year to year but generally lasts from late August to the beginning of November.


Outside of these months Nxamaseri Island Lodge is still able to offer excellent fly fishing as the water levels are lower. This concentrates the marine life in the permanent channels and you will experience a great deal of species diversity.

The lodge offers a number of specialist fly-fishing guides and fully equipped boats. We can also make special arrangements if additional boats are required for fly-fishing. We carry standard lure and basic fly fishing equipment, but suggest that avid fly-fishermen bring their own equipment.




The Camp

Camp Overview


A small, exclusive lodge, and one of the oldest in the delta, it has seven double en-suite chalets, each secluded in indigenous forest and each with a private deck overlooking the water. Teak walkways link the rooms to the main area of the lodge.


The lodge is designed to show off the areas breathtaking scenery. With decor handcrafted by local artisans and original Botswana artwork, its rustic natural charm is enhanced by the warm hospitality of our hosts. Owner-run, and focusing on personalised attention, Nxamaseri is an intimate way to experience the peaceful beauty of the Okavango delta.

Lodge Layout


The lodge is a lovely blend of thatch and gumpole and is situated in a very peaceful location on a permanent channel on the Okavango panhandle.


The main area is comprised of a very comfortable lounge with plenty of seating, a small bar and a dining area. Fairly modern in styling, this is a nice compromise to the surrounding area which is woodland with the tress forming part of the structure of the lounge and bar.


To the outside is a small area with a fire pit and a jetty where your fishing expeditions start and finish.

Room Description


Nxamaseri Island Lodge prides itself on providing a personal touch.


Highly exclusive – featuring just seven double en-suite chalets and a charming tree house – the Lodge maintains an intimate atmosphere for those requiring true relaxation. Each secluded room is surrounded by indigenous forest and enjoys a private deck overlooking the water. Teak walkways link the chalets to the lodge main area, providing an opportunity to witness – at close range – the remarkable birdlife that inhabits the tree canopy above.

Camp Environment


Nxamaseri Island Lodge offers spectacular birding throughout the year. However, the most exceptional birding months are from September to February, before the new water arrives. This is when feeding conditions are at an optimum and most of the migrants are present. The Nxamaseri area of the Delta panhandle features approximately 325 of the 500 bird species found in Botswana and on a 3-4 day trip guests can expect to see between 190 and 220 species.


Due to the abundant birdlife, viewing can be enjoyed on foot, by boat, from the unique perspective of a Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), or even from the comfort of the lodge. A much-loved highlight at Nxamaseri is a night boating trip, during which rare and shy birds can be easily seen. The most ardent birders usually choose to take a guided walk where our specialist guides introduce guests to the joy of exploring the Panhandle’s myriad of islands on foot – a relaxing yet effective way of discovering the more timid, forest-dwelling birds.


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