Okavango Delta

Xugana Island Lodge


Lost in the Lagoons

Xugana Lagoon is widely accepted as being the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta. The lodge is ideally situated so you can take full advantage of this magnificent site.

The original thatched common area dates back to 1974, only the second lodge built in the whole of the Okavango Delta. The lounge, bar and dining areas are draped in shade from Mangosteen tree's canopy, and the swimming pool is a perfect place to relax. Each of the comfortable chalets have stunning views across the lagoon from private viewing decks.

After a day exploring the meandering channels of the delta by mokoro, you can relax in the boma. Watch as the sunsets over the still lagoon enjoying one of the camp's staple cocktails. This is a magical camp that gives you a chance to sleep in one of Africa's most exciting ecosystems. To top it off you may take a candlelit dinner on the floating pontoon.


At a glance

  • 16 thatched chalets

  • A spacious viewing deck

  • Swimming pool

  • Library

Xugana Island Lodge Botswana


  • Xugana Island Lodge Botswana walking safari

    Walking Safari

    Head out on foot with your guide will take you on a nature walk on surrounding islands in the concession, giving you the chance to experience nature up close and personal.

  • Xugana Island Lodge Botswana boating safari

    Water Safari

    Explore the crystal-clear waterways by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) or motorboat for the chance to enjoy the magnificent variety of bird, plant and reptile species found in the area.

Community & Culture

The CARES philosophy is the foundation on which Desert & Delta Safaris is built, highlighting our core values in developing human potential and building a sustainable tourism model. Their philosophy and core values in supporting people and protecting the natural heritage of Botswana is at the forefront of how they run their business. Through a variety of initiatives, they support local communities, focused on creating career opportunities in the tourism industry. Desert & Delta Safaris employs approximately 320 staff members within the eight safari lodges and the remote location of properties means access to medical care is a challenge, so they employ a full time company doctor.


The company is eco-conscious, driving sustainable and innovative initiatives within daily operations which protect and limit the impact of business on the areas in which they work. As members of Botswana Tourism, several of the Desert & Delta Safaris camps and lodges are EcoTourism rated, the highest status recognised by Botswana Tourism for sound sustainable tourism initiatives. This includes the usage of greywater treatment plants, careful waste management protocols as well as the use of sustainable building materials wherever possible.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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